Teeth whitening is a process that can help get rid of stains and discoloration on teeth. This is one of the most popular forms of cosmetic dentistry. Today, there are effective and long-lasting options available through the dentist that can help your smile be brighter and whiter.
How do I know if I need my teeth whitened?
There are a variety of reasons why tooth color changes or discolors, such as aging, smoking, foods we eat, and even genetics. If a special occasion is coming up or you simply feel that a whiter smile would be nice, you can contact your dentist for a consultation about your options.
How does it work?
A thin coating on the enamel of our teeth picks up stains and pores in the enamel can hold stains. A bleaching agent, usually hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide, is applied to the teeth. As the agent breaks down over time, oxygen is released into the enamel making the teeth brighter. In another method, called laser whitening the bleaching agent is painted on teeth and a laser or light activates the chemical that whitens the enamel.
What can I expect during tooth whitening?
First, the dentist will make sure your teeth are clean and healthy with a thorough teeth cleaning and checkup. When the coating that picks up the stains is removed, it will help your teeth stay whiter after the process.
Using a bleaching agent can actually be done at home with a take home kit. The dentist will make a mold of your upper and lower teeth, which are filled with a whitening agent. You leave the mouthpieces on for several hours each day at home, and depending on how much lighter you want your teeth to become, you may wear them for one to four weeks.
During an in-office treatment, the dentist will cover your gums and apply the whitening agent. This agent is made active through laser lights or heat from special lights. The dentist will shine the light on your teeth for 30 to 90 minutes and may ask you to come in for one to three sessions. An in-home whitening kit might also be used together with the laser treatment.
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If you want to find out more about getting your ideal smile or to schedule your next visit, please contact Annapolis Family Dental Care by calling (410) 267-0766 or visit AnnapolisDentalCare.com today! We can give you more information or schedule your appointment. Our diligent knowledge of all dental treatments and extensive experience in all fields of dentistry, ensure Annapolis Dental is best suited to care for your oral health. You can also follow Annapolis Dental Care on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.