Unfortunately, teeth are not impervious to stains. Over time, liquids and foods stain even the teeth of those who are the most conscientious of their dental health. While there is nothing inherently unhealthy about stained teeth, they can still be unsightly or diminish the impact of your smile. If you feel your teeth lack the whiteness and luster you wish them to have, you may want to consider coming in for a teeth whitening.
Teeth whitening is a purely cosmetic procedure, which does not harm your teeth’s enamel and can last for over a year. Whitening can be done in a single visit and takes about an hour to hour and a half. Professional whitening affects your front eight teeth—those that show in your smile—and can increase whiteness by up to ten shades.
Although teeth whitening can be done with over the counter products. You will get much better results in shorter time with an in office whitening.Over the counter products simply do not have the strength of dentist grade whitening techniques. The dentist whitening also protects your gums and mouth from whitening gels and eliminates the need for you to deal with strips and trays yourself. Home whitening kits and toothpastes still have their place, however. They can be used effectively as maintenance procedures that help combat stains and extend the life of your professional whitening, but they are no substitute for an in office procedure.
Before receiving a professional whitening, both the teeth and gums should be free of plaque and disease. We would be happy to schedule a cleaning before your whitening procedure as well.
Whitening consists of a brief prep time where the technician will cover your lips and gums to protect them from the treatment. Then, a whitening gel is applied to your teeth and the light is turned on. You can just sit in your chair and relax as the gel/light combination takes effect.