Hey there!! Here at Brooklyn Oak Dental Care, weve been treating many of you to a beautiful, bright new smile with our in-office whitening system. When you come in for your free consultation, we will take a detailed look at your mouth. We will examine your soft tissues (gums, tongue, etc.) and your hard tissues (teeth, bones, etc.) and determine if you are a good candidate for an in-office whitening. The current shade (color) of your teeth will be determined, and we will discuss how effective the whitening procedure will be for you in particular. Depending on the type of staining your teeth have, your teeth may become up to eight shades lighter!!
Now, of course almost everybody wants to know—is whitening damaging to my teeth? Teeth whitening products temporarily “dehydrate” the outer layer of teeth, allowing the whitening factors to penetrate deep into the dentin layer for effectiveness. This “dehydration” reverses itself naturally via the normal components of saliva in your mouth, all within a few hours. Rest assured, you will be given detailed instructions on what not to do during those few hours to prevent any problems.
Now, a piece about that pretty little outer layer of your teeth—also known as enamel. Enamel is amazing—it’s the hardest material found in the human body (harder than bone!). While there is a lot out there in the media about enamel erosion these days, as dental professionals we know that enamel is actually constantly going through changes due to several factors that occur in all mouths. It’s made up of a matrix of minerals, and a thin layer of those minerals is actually always breaking away from the rest. The beauty part is this—those same minerals are found naturally in your saliva and are RE-ATTACHING themselves to enamel simultaneously. It’s pretty cool—almost like a constant rejuvenation of the outer layer of enamel. Here is a simple drawing to help visualize this process:
Problems with enamel erosion only occur when this delicate balance is overthrown by too much bacteria (plaque or tartar) in the mouth, not keeping that sweet tooth in check, overdoing it with acidic foods (and I mean like sucking on a lemon all day every day), and going berserk-o with that new electric toothbrush you just got. All laughs aside, even an in-office tooth whitening can’t damage this super-material, as long as you allow the natural balance to restore itself.
You can always email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or comments. We can’t wait to make your smile look its best!!