Teeth Whitening Procedures

Over time, teeth may begin to discolor because of poor dental hygiene, the drinking of beverages such as coffee, tea or soda or the use of tobacco. Because your smile is an important element of self-esteem and confidence, you may want to consider teeth whitening. In fact, this procedure is becoming one of the most commonly requested today by patients. Though many over-the-counter products are available nowadays, we recommend that you have this procedure performed by a professional.

Though the process is simple and non-invasive, a careful examination of your teeth and gums should be performed prior to completing the whitening procedure. If dental decay or any cracks or leaky fillings are present, the nerves in your teeth might become irritated by the whitening solution. Thus, other problems should be taken care of prior to the procedure. If you have had any dental work done such as fillings, crowns or bridges, the procedure will not be appropriate because it cannot lighten the dental work.

If you are considering trying an over the counter solution, be aware that they are not as effective as professional teeth whitening. This is because these kits contain a lower concentration of the effective ingredients required for a successful , whiter smile than that used by a professional. You can also be reassured that having the procedure completed by a professional will be safer, more comfortable and thorough and will be performed correctly. Your dentist also will be better able to match the tooth color that you want. Whether you want the whitest teeth possible, or something closer to your natural color, they have the expertise to accomplish it.

Prior to having the procedure done, it is important that fillings and other restorative work that you may need be completed. This will reduce the risk of damage to the nerves of the teeth.

Although whitening your teeth is a simple matter, it may still require one or two weeks to complete and to see a noticeable difference in your teeth color. You may experience some sensitivity, but this should be minor and subside quickly. If it doesn’t, it is best to contact the doctor. During those first few weeks, refraining from the habits mentioned, such as smoking, drinking certain beverages such as tea, coffee or soda should be a priority. Continuing to consume these may affect the results and potentially stain those recently whitened pearly whites. Regular follow up appointments for retouching on a regular basis will help to maintain that beautiful white smile!