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The first step to having a whiter, brighter smile is maintaining good oral habits. Brushing and flossing your pearly whites every day goes a long way to keeping your smile healthy and attractive. At Gateway Oaks Family Dentistry located in Sacramento, California, we are aware that one of the number one changes our patients want for their smile is having whiter teeth.

First, it can help to know what is causing your teeth to lose their luster. Various habits can affect your tooth color. The food you eat (and drink) can attach to the tooth enamel and stain it–coffee, tea, red wine–along with using tobacco. Both tar and nicotine can damage your tooth color. Even the medications you use can affect your teeth. For example, antipsychotics, antihistamines, and high blood pressure medications can change the tooth’s color. And of course, with age your tooth enamel thins out, allowing the yellower dentin layer beneath to come through. Trauma can also darken your tooth because if your mouth sustains an injury, the tooth creates more dentin in response.

To counter these affects, teeth whitening can help. Depending on the natural color of your teeth, yellow teeth respond well to bleaching, brown teeth not so well, and gray teeth do not generally respond to the bleaching process.

At Gateway Oaks Family Dentistry our dental practice in Sacramento, California, we offer teeth whitening for our patients seeking a whiter, brighter smile. Dr. Truong and Dr. Vedenoff can brighten your smile by as many as 5 to 10 shades in a single session, and the results are immediate. We also prescribe take-home teeth whitening, which includes a custom whitening tray that fits your mouth and can be used at your convenience in the comfort of your home.

For more information, please give our team a call at 916-649-0249 today and let Dr. Truong and Dr. Vedenoff help restore your beautiful smile!