Patients in the Mesa area look for a cosmetic dentist for teeth whitening

White teeth are a sign of youth and beauty in today’s culture. Unfortunately, several factors can stain the teeth. Coffee, tea, and red wine, among other foods and drinks contain chromogens that bond to the enamel in the teeth. Tobacco contains tar and nicotine that bonds to the enamel. When a tooth ages, the enamel thins, showing the yellowish dentin underneath. If a tooth sustains trauma, it can become discolored. Some older dental work and medications can darken and discolor teeth as well. What options are available to restore the white, youthful look of the teeth?

Whitening toothpastes and rinses sold in stores will remove surface stains, but toothpastes contain abrasives, which may damage teeth. Rinses can also take up to twelve weeks to see results. The best options are those professionally done through a dentist. Yellow teeth tend to respond well to whitening, brown or gray colored teeth may not respond as well. In addition, teeth that were discolored due to injury or medications may not be affected by whitening agents.

Dr. Fritz from New Health Dental in Mesa has options available to his patients who want to rejuvenate their smiles. Take home kits with the active whitening agent carbamide peroxide are used with trays that are easily molded to the teeth at home. Patients only need to wear the trays for an hour or two each day for one to two weeks. Results are noticeable within a few days.

For patients who are looking for an immediate result, Dr. Fritz offers an in-office method. The Sapphire whitening method fits in with his holistic approach to dentistry as it does not require an ultraviolet light to activate the whitening agent. The procedure takes approximately thirty minutes. A gel of 35% hydrogen peroxide is applied to each tooth. The Sapphire plasma light is applied, breaking the gel down, forming oxygen bubbles that work to lift out deep stains. The gel also includes a desensitizing agent to prevent sensitive teeth after whitening.

Porcelain veneers may be recommended for those who have permanent stains that do not respond to whitening treatments. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Fritz at (480) 830-3305 to determine which option would be best for you.

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