in McDonough, GA
Teeth Whitening Explained
Teeth whitening is one of the most popular dental treatments. Your teeth are one of the first things people notice both in-person and in photographs. No matter how diligent you are in taking care of your teeth, they will likely stain or begin looking ‘yellow’ as you get older. Tooth enamel becomes more porous as people age, which makes it easier for your teeth develop stains from everyday foods such as coffee, soda, tea, red wine and other things we eat daily.
We often get asked how teeth whitening works and whether you should have it done in our office as opposed to buying a kit you can use at home. While there are many brands of over-the-counter whitening kits available, there are significant advantages to having your dentist handle this for you. For starters, you will see results faster when going to your dentist. The cleaning solution used by dentists is much stronger than the solutions in store bought whitening kits. Not only that, but your dentist has a multitude of additional options to use, including heat and/or light as part of the whitening process.
Having the dentist perform your teeth whitening will also avoid any complications from incorrect use of an over-the-counter kit. The solutions used on these kits contain peroxide-based bleaching agents. Each kit will have a different version of the solutions, which will also vary in strength. If you leave these solutions on your teeth too long, it will dehydrate your teeth and make them more sensitive. The result could be days of discomfort that could easily have been avoided.
How much brighter your teeth become will depend on how many treatments you have done. After a full set of treatments patients can see their teeth get up to eight shades brighter. Please keep in mind that teeth whitening will not whiten porcelain crowns or composite tooth-colored bondings. You dentist will be able to examine your teeth and determine the best method for you and explain the expected results.
Schedule your free consultation today and get started on the smile you have always wanted!