One of the most common complaints people have about their teeth is that they don’t seem white enough. This is also one of the most common reasons people visit a cosmetic dentist. Teeth whitening is a simple procedure that can quickly and easily restore your confidence in your smile.
The Teeth Whitening Process
Teeth can become discolored for a variety of reasons. Many of these can be treated with teeth whitening, though in some cases, whitening won’t provide the results you desire. Most frequently, discoloration occurs because of:
- Everyday wear and tear
- Exposure to foods and beverages that stain the teeth
Discoloration can also occur due to exposure to excess fluoride or certain antibiotics while the teeth are developing. In addition, trauma or injury can cause the teeth to change color.
Teeth whitening is most effective on staining that affects the outer tooth surfaces, such as that caused by smoking or drinking coffee, tea, or other strong-colored beverages. A strong bleaching agent is applied to the teeth, then allowed to sit for about twenty minutes, then removed and reapplied. An in-office treatment takes about an hour, and your teeth will look whiter right away, though the full effect will take a few days to develop. If in-office whitening doesn’t provide the desired results, your cosmetic dentist might recommend a professional-strength take-home kit.
Keeping Your Teeth White
After your whitening treatment, your teeth will look brighter and whiter for several months. To keep them from becoming stained again, you should avoid any staining agents—often these are what caused the discoloration in the first place. You should also brush and floss regularly, and you can use a whitening toothpaste to help the results last longer.
Typically, you’ll need a touch-up treatment every few months to keep your teeth at their whitest. However, these treatments won’t take as long as the initial whitening treatment. For the best, longest-lasting results, you need to maintain excellent oral hygiene and watch what you eat and drink.
Our office has a selection of services to offer you a newer smile. Contact us at Newton Dental Group today!