A teeth whitening procedure is a non-invasive way to brighten your smile and remove yellowing or staining from your teeth. During your appointment, your dentist will cover your gums and lips to protect them from the whitening agent. They will then apply the bleaching solution to your teeth and allow it to penetrate for the required time. This will remove surface stains and make your teeth several shades brighter.
The bleach solution is usually composed of hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxide. It’s safe for most people but may not be recommended for sensitive teeth or gums. At Daniel Dentistry, our dentist may recommend a teeth cleaning before you undergo the procedure to remove any buildup on your teeth that may inhibit the treatment's effectiveness.
The Causes Of Tooth Discoloration
Stains can occur on your teeth for a variety of reasons. Common culprits are tobacco products, foods, and drinks like coffee, tea, red wine, and certain medications. Over time, these stains can become more deeply embedded in your teeth's enamel. They may even reach the dentin layer below your enamel.
Several effective teeth whitening treatments are conveniently available from your dentist. In-office whitening treatments are popular because they can have results in as little as one hour. You can also opt for an at-home whitening kit if you want more gradual but equally impressive results. Whichever method you choose, you can expect to enjoy a whiter smile that’s several shades lighter than before. This can improve your confidence and help boost your self-esteem. Following our helpful oral hygiene tips, you can keep your newly whitened teeth looking great. These include not smoking, avoiding dark-colored foods and drinks, and following a proper daily brushing and flossing routine.
The Advantages of Teeth Whitening
There are many advantages to choosing professional in-office whitening treatments over store-bought whiteners. One advantage is that it’s safer. When you choose a professional treatment, it will be done under the supervision of a trained dentist who will monitor your health throughout the procedure. Professional treatments are observed for the amount of whitening agent used, and the time it’s in contact with the teeth. These steps help to avoid gum irritations or tooth sensitivity issues caused by at-home kits.
Another massive benefit of getting your teeth professionally whitened is that the treatment is much more effective and long-lasting than other whitening methods. The powerful bleaching agents in professional whitening gels are used to remove deep stains caused by tobacco or coffee consumption. Store-bought options typically only remove surface stains. Additionally, patients who get their teeth professionally whitened are more likely to maintain their results than people who try over-the-counter products.
Teeth whitening can increase self-esteem and pride in one’s appearance and help contribute to oral health and happiness. For the best dental care tailored to your particular needs, visit Daniel Dentistry at 19 Inverness Center Pkwy Suite 100, Birmingham, AL 35242, or call (205) 967-0760.