Can you say with absolute honesty that you love the appearance of your smile? If you feel as though your teeth are blemished and marred by unsightly stains or yellowing, then you may notice yourself starting to hesitate instead of flashing your smile with confidence.
Teeth can become stained and discolored for a variety of reasons, and regardless as to what caused it, our patients find that they are quite motivated to restore their smile to its beautiful, bright splendor. We here at Raptou Family Dental strongly believe that you can get your most attractive smile in our office using a unique procedure called chairside tooth whitening.
What Happens During a Chairside Tooth Whitening?
If your teeth are stained, we can understand how tempting it can be to want to run out to the nearest drugstore and pick up a box of over-the-counter tooth whitening gel. We want to put a stop to this idea before it even blossoms into a full thought!
Over-the-counter products are ineffective at best and dangerous at worst. Often, the bleaching agents in them are poorly regulated. These gels can damage your gum tissue, causing chemical burns. The results can be uneven and leave ugly spots on your teeth. Alternatively, they may not even work at all.
Instead of potentially permanently damaging your dental enamel with iffy over-the-counter products, we are pleased to introduce chairside tooth whitening to our patients. We use only professional strength products, and we can lighten your teeth several shades in just one appointment.
Before we begin, we will first ensure that you are a good candidate for this procedure by determining that you are in good oral health. Patients who have active tooth decay or gum disease may need to address these concerns before we proceed. We will also take pictures of your teeth so you can get a good look at your before and after images to compare the results.
Your teeth will also be thoroughly cleaned before we apply the whitening product. This will help make sure the gel removes all stains on your teeth more effectively. Your lips and gums will be protected before we begin to make sure the whitening product goes only on your teeth. This will help prevent any chemical burns from occurring. We will also apply it evenly to your teeth to give you attractive and uniform results. We will leave the bleaching agent on your teeth for up to an hour to make sure that your teeth are lightened to the desired level.
How To Keep Your Teeth White
After your tooth whitening, be sure to follow our aftercare instructions. In the 24 hours following the procedure, make sure you avoid anything that can stain your teeth. This includes beverages like coffee, red wine, dark-colored soft drinks, and tea. Foods like dark candies and red sauces should be avoided. Smoking is not advised after the procedure, either.
When thinking of teeth whitening, you might imagine slathering a whitening gel or powder on your teeth. While that might sound like the easiest fix, a more accessible option is professional teeth whitening. In fact, you can also get great results using this method if you are looking for a less expensive way to brighten your smile right now. At Raptou Family Dental, our teeth whitening techniques are unmatched. Schedule an appointment with our dentist today.
What is Professional Teeth Whitening?
Professional teeth whitening is a process done to brighten the appearance of your teeth. Maybe you have had stains on your teeth due to discoloration caused by prolonged coffee or tobacco use. Whatever the case, teeth whitening aims to remove stains and give your smile a brighter appearance. In most cases, the dentist will use bleaching gels to break down hard dissolved stains, facilitating easy removal through flossing.
How Does Teeth Whitening Work?
It is simple – the dentist will apply a gel-like peroxide to the surface of the teeth and leave it for a few minutes. They will then wipe it off with concentrated hydrogen peroxide. Afterward, the dentist will advise you to rinse your mouth with water to remove any gel remnants.
You should be able to notice a slight difference in your smile after a few days of this procedure. However, the key to a successful tooth whitening process is to have the right kind of bleaching agent, in this case, hydrogen peroxide, then follow the instructions set to the latter.
What is the Difference Between Professional and At-Home Teeth Whitening?
Professional teeth whitening is a more effective process that uses stronger hydrogen peroxide to remove stains from your teeth. The strength of the hydrogen peroxide used during professional teeth whitening can vary, but it's usually between 5% and 10% in most cases.
Many at-home teeth whitening products rely on the same bleaching process as professional teeth whitening. However, the strength of the hydrogen peroxide may not be nearly as high; hence the results may turn out unsatisfactory. All in all, you can expect better results and higher satisfaction levels when you have your smile brightened with professional teeth whitening.
How Long Does It Take Professional Teeth Whitening to Work?
Professional teeth whitening may take at least three to four weeks. During this time, the bleaching agent will work on your teeth, and you'll need to keep up with your regular brushing and flossing routines.
It's important that you don't skip any of these steps during your treatment. Otherwise, it may take longer for your teeth to get whiter.
Is Teeth Whitening Safe?
There are no health risks associated with teeth whitening. In fact, many people say that their teeth feel better after whitening. However, some may experience temporary sensitivity after the procedure is done.
The sensitivity may be caused by the abrasive nature of bleaching gel and mouthwash, which can cause small cuts in the gums. If you experience discomfort, let our dentist know immediately so we can help you.
For More Information and to Schedule Your Professional Teeth Whitening Appointment Now!
Raptou Family Dental is available for all of your dental needs. Whether you want to brighten your smile or have a cosmetic dentistry procedure planned, our dentists will sit with you and discuss the options available to get the look you are aiming for. Call us at (614) 427-0449 today.