When it comes to getting the brightest and whitest smile, teeth whitening is one of the easiest and most effective methods that you can try. No matter how good you are about your oral hygiene, it isn’t easy to keep your teeth nice and shiny, so if you’re considering having teeth whitening done, read on to learn all the basics about the procedure.
Stained or discolored teeth can come from a wide variety of causes, and regular brushing is often not enough to rectify this issue. Something stronger is sometimes necessary, and a teeth whitening process involves more potent cleaning methods that a toothbrush and toothpaste can’t replicate.
While safe for most people, teeth whitening is not a procedure that one should use on teeth that suffer discoloration from diseases, cavities, and other similar causes. It’s also not recommended to people with implants, fillings, crowns, and other dental restoration work.
Natural teeth and restored teeth will take on different looks after whitening, so you risk having teeth that do not all look uniform in color.
The actual process of teeth whitening is relatively straightforward. After having your teeth polished to remove plaque, your gums are protected with a barrier so that they are not affected by the whitening solution that the dentist will apply to your teeth.
The dentist will then use a curing light or laser on the solution to activate the peroxide, and from there, it will remain on your teeth for 30 to 60 minutes. In some cases, the dentist will repeat this process a few times if the solution calls for it and then rinse your teeth clean after the final time.
Teeth whitening comes with many benefits aside from having better-looking white teeth that people will notice and compliment you on.
It will make your mouth healthier overall, as oral hygiene is something you can never have enough of. Bad oral hygiene can put you at risk for many health problems, such as bacteria buildup, yeast infections, and heart conditions. These problems can still arise through other causes, but a healthy mouth reduces the likelihood of that happening considerably.
When done correctly, professional teeth whitening is 100% safe, much safer than using an over-the-counter teeth whitening solution that may or may not cause some significant damage to your teeth and gums. An over-the-counter method might sound more straightforward and less expensive, but it’s not worth the risk that you’ll potentially put yourself at. We can do a Zoom teeth whitening session if you are unable to come into our local office for treatment.
Professional teeth whitening sounds like a procedure that will cost you a pretty penny because of how significant an impact it can have on your smile, but it’s far from unaffordable. The average teeth whitening cost is anywhere between $500 and $1000, and it mainly varies on where you decide to receive treatment.
While teeth whitening is not for everyone, it’s more than worth looking into if you’re seeking a way to significantly improve your smile’s color! If you still have any questions at this time, don’t hesitate to contact us for more information or to book an appointment.