Teeth whitening works by applying a bleaching agent to the teeth, and then that bleaching agent permeates the enamel and releases any discoloration.
When you see a cosmetic dentist for teeth whitening, you will get better, more consistent results than if you choose an over-the-counter treatment. The cosmetic dentist can provide custom-designed trays that you wear at home with the bleaching gel to achieve the desired results. These trays are crafted to fit with all of the unique contours of your smile, so the bleaching gel will reach all of the surfaces of your teeth.
With over-the-counter whitening strips, it can be very difficult to get the bleaching gels in contact with all of the nooks and crannies of your smile. Even boil-and-bite trays don’t fit quite as well as the custom-designed variety.
Additionally, a dentist can give you gel that contains a stronger bleaching agent than an over-the-counter product as well, allowing for more predictable results.
It does take a few days of wearing the trays as instructed to begin to see results, so patients should plan for this timeline if they’re whitening their teeth in anticipation of a big event.
Certain deep stains may not respond to conventional teeth whitening treatments, and if you do not get the initial results that you want, your dentist can recommend alternatives, like veneers.
After your initial teeth whitening treatment, you can maintain your results conveniently at home with periodic touch-up treatments every few months. Your dentist can provide you with the bleaching gel as needed.
Don’t settle for a dingy smile. Professional teeth whitening treatments can make your pearly whites beam, leaving your teeth 8-10 shades whiter. To learn more about this treatment, call our office and speak to one of our knowledgeable staff members.