What is a Tooth Whitening?
A professional tooth whitening removes any built-up stains or discoloration to lighten the teeth. In-office whitening uses bleaching to provide a quick and simple whitening. The results are dramatic, making tooth whitening a common dental request
Do I Need Tooth Whitening?
Tooth whitening is more effective for those with strong, healthy teeth and no dental crowns. Over time, teeth can become stained, discolored, and dull due to:
- Food and drinks – Regular consumption of coffee, tea, pop, or red wine can cause staining.
- Tobacco use – Nicotine leaves brown deposits on the teeth.
- Trauma – Cracks in the teeth can collect debris and cause staining.
- Age – Over time teeth begin to thin and show discoloration more easily
Brushing and flossing can help to prevent staining, but once stains have built up, they can be impossible to remove on your own. You might choose to have a professional tooth whitening treatment to restore your white smile. Other tooth whitening strategies include whitening toothpaste, strips, and trays. While these methods can produce some improvement, they do not produce the same dramatic results that a professional whitening can provide.
What to Expect During Treatment
Before having your teeth whitened, they must be prepared with treatment of any cavities that could affect the results of tooth whitening. Dr. Khan might photograph your teeth to show your whitening progress. Your teeth will then be cleaned to remove any bacteria, food, or debris. Dr. Khan will also suggest to you to use a sensitive toothpaste for about 1 week prior to your appointment to help in reducing post treatment sensitivity.
The process of tooth whitening is very simple. Dr. Khan will first apply a protective substance to the gums around the teeth. Then he will use a whitening product containing tooth bleach and apply it directly to the teeth.. The process will be complete in about 30-60 minutes. While dramatic results can be achieved in just one treatment, several treatments might be required depending on the severity of your staining and the results you would like to achieve.
Serious side effects after tooth whitening treatment are unlikely. You might experience increased tooth sensitivity for a short time after treatment. You can notice the full results of your tooth whitening treatment after about two weeks. A professional tooth whitening can make teeth two to seven shades lighter.
Teeth whitening is not permanent but can be long lasting. To maintain your results after treatment, you should continue good oral hygiene with proper flossing and brushing and seeing your dentist for regular checkups. Avoiding dark colored drinks and tobacco can help maintain your results longer.
If you would like to improve the appearance of your teeth for a whiter smile, contact IKON Dental Group today.