Oct 02 2014

Learn More About How a Teeth Whitening Procedure Works

Teeth Whitening

Teeth WhiteningIf you are considering a teeth whitening procedure, schedule an appointment with our dentist office.  This is perhaps the easiest way to improve the appearance of your smile.  It can transform the appearance of your teeth and smile quickly and without any discomfort, making it extremely popular.  We realize that it can be difficult to tell the difference between the different procedures and to make a decision as to which one is right for you.  With that in mind, we have answered some commonly asked questions about whitening here.

What are the types of whitening procedures that are available?

If you visit the dentist, you can have customized whitening trays created that can be worn at home along with the whitening solution.  A benefit to this procedure is that you can whiten your teeth on your own time and whenever you want.  This way you don’t have to schedule an appointment to refresh the appearance of your teeth.  Some dentists also offer an in-office whitening procedure.  If you go to the store you can purchase whitening trays or whitening strips but they don't work as well. 

How white will my teeth get?

Products that you buy in the store typically whiten teeth by around two shades.  If you have a professional teeth whitening procedure, conducted by the dentist, your teeth can get up to eight shades whiter.  This creates a far more dramatic affect.

Does it hurt to whiten my teeth?

There shouldn’t be any discomfort when your teeth are whitened by a professional.  A dentist will be able to tell if your teeth are healthy enough for the procedure and use the correct amount of solution to whiten your teeth without any pain.  If, however, you have them whitened at the tanning salon or by using over the counter solutions, you my experience some discomfort or pain because the trays and solution are not a custom fit for your teeth and you are getting them from a non-medical provider.

How does the process work?

Whether done through a gel, solution, strips, or trays, most whitening solutions contain a level of peroxide that penetrates through your enamel and starts the oxidation process to make the molecules inside of your teeth appear colorless or white.

How long will it last?

There is no way to guarantee how long your teeth will stay white.  This depends on your genetics and the food that you eat.  What you put into your mouth can lead to additional stains and this includes simple things like taking antibiotics.  Eating a healthy diet and brushing your teeth throughout the day will help to prevent stains from forming.  Some people get their teeth whitened every three months where others, once a year.

It is affordable to have a teeth whitening procedure completed and the results are stunning.  To experience how amazing your teeth can look, schedule a dental exam and whitening today. 

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