If you aren’t satisfied with the color of your teeth or want to help get of stubborn stains, teeth whitening might be a good solution for you. Teeth whitening can be done safely at home or in a dental office, but when it comes to fast, spectacular results that last, professional teeth whitening is second to none.
Here’s what you need to know about in-office teeth whitening if you want to whiten your teeth professionally.
Teeth appear hard and solid, but the surface of tooth enamel is actually very porous. The porous structure of enamel allows stains to set in and deepen over time. Professional teeth whiteners are much stronger than whitening toothpaste and other at-home products because they contain more peroxide, which changes the color of your teeth faster.
An in-office teeth whitening is usually completed in about an hour. Your gum tissues will be covered by a thin sheet of rubber or other protective gel to help protect your mouth from the peroxide. A light or laser may also be used in addition to the peroxide to achieve the results that you desire.
The primary method a dentist uses to whiten teeth is:
Whitening Gel: Professional whitening gel is much more powerful than anything that can be bought over the counter. This gel is spread on the visible surfaces of teeth and then activated using a specialized light. The gel eliminates stains near the tooth surface and is then removed. Patients can notice the difference right away. Sometimes, a take-home treatment is also provided.
If you want to look and feel your best, whitening your teeth is a great way to grow confidence in your smile. For many people, professional teeth whitening is a great solution for those who don’t want to give up their favorite foods and beverages that are known to cause stains over time, like coffee and tea. Whitening can brighten your teeth by several shades in less than an hour, helping restore that confidence so you’ll feel proud showing off your teeth.
No matter what form of whitening you decide on, you can keep your teeth looking brighter longer by continuing to brush and floss regularly. It is a good idea to brush within 30 minutes of most meals, in the morning, and just before going to bed. This protects your teeth from bacterial colonization that can happen overnight.
When you can’t brush, sugarless gum can help stimulate natural saliva production. This, in turn, helps to disrupt bacteria and slow down the formation of plaque. You should also do what you can to curb consumption of tooth-staining foods and drinks. Dark beverages like coffee, tea, and cola tend to be hardest on teeth. Dark-colored berries can also cause stubborn stains.
Teeth whitening is not for everyone, especially for those whose gums have pulled away from the teeth in some places. Often, the strong whitening material can irritate these areas. Or, if you have cavities, tooth decay, or gum disease, your dentist may recommend that these issues get treated before whitening. It’s also important to be aware that the color of fillings, crowns, implants, and some stubborn stains may not be changed by teeth whitening.
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Whatever your situation, consult a Colorado Springs dentist who cares. My Dental Company has helped people of all ages and backgrounds get smiles that they feel proud of – and we’ll be honored to do the same for you. Request an appointment today to find out if professional teeth whitening is a good solution for you.