<b>What is Teeth Whitening?</b>
Teeth whitening can be done to remove stains and discoloration from your teeth. You may choose to whiten your teeth before a big event, like a wedding, or just because you’re tired of feeling badly about your appearance. Professional whitening is far different from anything you’d find from a local drugstore. Professional treatments use a prescription-grade whitening gel to help perfect and lighten your smile.
<b>Why is Teeth Whitening needed?</b>
Whitening is often needed if you have deep stains and discoloration that are affecting the overall look of your smile. You might want to whiten your teeth professionally before a wedding or class reunion, or you might want to whiten your teeth before having other restorations placed. Whitening can take years off of your smile, and the results can last for months or years with proper aftercare.
<b>Who is a good candidate for Teeth Whitening?</b>
If you have restorations at the front of your smile, keep in mind that whitening will not change their color. This means that whitening won’t lighten veneers, fillings, crowns or bridges that you already have in your mouth. It is important that you’ve been to see a dentist at least once in the past year in order to qualify for whitening. Most patients who want or need whitening can safely have the treatment done.
<b>What happens during professional Teeth Whitening?</b>
A consultation and examination helps us to determine if whitening is right for you. We offer both in-office and take-home professional options to help you achieve your results. In order to maintain your whitening results, you’ll want to avoid staining foods and beverages. If you’re a smoker, now is the best time to consider quitting in order to retain a white, bright smile. For in-office treatment, you can expect whitening to take about an hour. At-home treatment is done using custom-made trays and a proprietary whitening gel that lifts and dissolves stains.
If you think you might benefit from teeth whitening and want to know more about your options, call our office today and we will be happy to get you in for a consultation.