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Bleaching pearly whites is a national obsession. No matter how effective teeth whitening procedure is, it is not for everyone. The ancient Egyptians used wine vinegar and mix it with pumice to polish their teeth. The majority of our patients at Mesa Dental would ask about Dr. Walter Dukes’ teeth whitening treatment. It is, indeed, a popular treatment option at his dental office. It is not surprising considering the influence of celebrities who always show off their whiter, brighter smile.

When is Teeth Whitening Treatment Ideal? And When It Is Not?

Teeth whitening is good for your teeth. But it depends on a lot of factors, such as your genetics and past dental work. It is vital to remember that it does not work on veneers and crowns. Furthermore, this procedure may cause tooth sensitivity during the first few days or weeks. In general, though, it works. However, you must realize that every person’s teeth are different. The long-term effects of the procedure may vary depending on several factors, especially your health and lifestyle.

How It Works

As you age, your teeth color darkens. The reason for this is that the enamel or the outer layer of your teeth thins as you age. And if you drink coffee and red wine regularly, this habit can discolor your teeth. Teeth whitening works by removing external stains from the enamel. It also changes the dentin’s color. If you are using a whitening toothpaste, the noticeable effect is minimal. It also does not last long. But this toothpaste may cause more harm than good. Make sure that you are using toothpaste that the American Dental Association approved. To change the dentin’s color, though, you will need bleaching treatment that you can only get from your dentist.

At Walter Dukes’ dental office, our patients opt for our teeth whitening to achieve eight shades whiter. The effects last up to three years. However, we recommend not to drink colorful beverages, like coffee and red wine. If you have a big event to attend and you wish to wear a beautiful, whiter smile, then you may need to schedule an appointment with Dr. Walter Dukes. In only takes a single appointment with the cosmetic dentist in Santa Barbara to get the whiter results you wish. Then again, even if it only takes a day to get the result that you want, you must go through this treatment at least two days before the big day.

As mentioned earlier, the results are not permanent. Nevertheless, the effects of in-office treatment are dramatic. If you avoid drinking colorful beverages and do not smoke, then there is a high possibility that the whitening effects will stay for two years before you need another teeth whitening.

Does Teeth Whitening Work with Braces?

Dr. Walter Dukes does not recommend undergoing teeth whitening procedure when you still have your braces. Rather, you must wait for your orthodontic treatment to complete before you have it. However, if you wish to go through this procedure while you still have your braces, you still can. But the procedure is more difficult. Furthermore, it will have less desirable results. People will not notice your whiter smile because of the metal brackets. Once your braces are removed, Dr. Dukes may recommend teeth whitening at his dental office. This procedure may be necessary because the areas where the brackets are placed will look more yellow. Thus, a touch-up may be necessary to even things out.

How to Know if You are a Good Candidate?

Teeth whitening is an ideal option if you wish to obtain a perfect set of white teeth. However, not all patients can be a good candidate. The only way to know it is when you visit Dr. Walter Dukes’ office in Santa Barbara. During your consultation, he will examine your teeth and mouth to determine if you can take advantage of this treatment. If you have tooth decay or gum disease, this dental issue must first be treated before undergoing teeth whitening. You cannot avail of this procedure if you have a medical condition or suffering from sensitive teeth or gums. Never use over-the-counter whitening products without first consulting our cosmetic dentist. Keep in mind that these products may contain harsh ingredients that can worsen your dental condition if you have any.

At Mesa Dental, our cosmetic dentist, Dr. Walter Dukes, will provide you customized treatment for your oral health needs. You can contact us today to schedule your appointment with our dentist in Santa Barbara. 805-963-1222.