It’s normal for the teeth of the average person to suffer stains or discoloration with time. Even proper oral care and dental hygiene may not prevent stains and discoloration 100% due to the type of food and drink you eat, any use of tobacco products and your age. Fortunately, in-office teeth whitening treatments can restore the bright, youthful appearance to your smile in a safe, effective manner. If you have concerns about dental teeth whitening, you’re not alone, but hopefully, you’ll feel more at ease once you learn more about the procedure.
Dental teeth whitening versus store bought kits
Although there are numerous at-home whitening kits available in stores, they’re not as safe or effective as dentist supervised teeth whitening. It’s important to note that not all store-bought teeth-whitening kits have the approval of the American Dental Association. Store-bought whitening kits come in varying strengths and applications, and if not used correctly, they can cause sensitivity and damage along with not providing the desired results.
Good candidates for dental teeth whitening
Not everyone is a good candidate for teeth whitening, so it’s important to discuss your cosmetic dentistry options with your dentist. When you’re thinking about teeth whitening, the dentist can give you a full evaluation, and if you’re not a good candidate due to infected gums, sensitive teeth, tooth decay or dental work, they can suggest alternatives to brighten your smile. Just because you may not be a suitable candidate for tooth whitening doesn’t mean you can’t have the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted.
Procedure and results of dental teeth whitening
During an in-office teeth whitening treatment, the dentist carefully protects the gum tissue from the whitening product, applies the product and then uses a special light to activate the treatment. Dental teeth whitening treatments usually take under an hour and can improve your smile by up to 10 shades brighter. Some dental professionals also provide high-quality take home whitening kits to help you keep your smile bright. The dentist-provided take home treatments are usually more powerful and effective than store-bought kits and also take into consideration your specific oral composition.
When you want to safely, easily and effectively brighten your smile, a dental teeth whitening treatment is your best option. A brighter, healthier smile can make you look years younger and in just one visit, you can be smiling with confidence again. Contact Greater Baltimore Prosthodontics and inquire about our teeth-whitening options.