Professional teeth whitening is a safe, efficient and effective choice for brightening and whitening your smile. Yes, there is plenty to consider and that includes cost, your lifestyle habits and whether a complete in-office treatment or a custom take-home tray is the better choice.
What should you expect in an in-office teeth whitening
When you visit your dentist for teeth whitening, it generally involves the following steps:
- Shades of your teeth with the help of tooth shade chart will be discussed
- In the next step, dentist may use a pumice tool to polish your tooth and remove any remaining
- To ensure that the whitening agent does not touch any fleshy parts of your mouth for example your gums, cheeks or tongue, the dentist may use tools to keep your mouth open. A barrier is also placed along the gum line.
- In the next step, a whitening agent is applied to your teeth and it is left for an hour. This is also when the dentist would use light activation if that is a part of your treatment.
- If additional coats of specific whitening agents are required, your dentist may reapply it.
- Once the dental whitening process is complete, your mouth is rinsed. The dentist may apply fluoride, which helps in mitigating any potential sensitivity.
For the next couple of days you may have to follow the instructed lifestyle and habits to practice to let the whitening agent sink in. It may include restricted food habit as well. Immediately after whitening, your teeth are dehydrated and it makes them extra susceptible to liquid and food stains.
Teeth whitening longevity
You will likely want to do everything to keep your pearly white teeth shining bright for months to come. Expert dentists recommend continuing a complete oral care routine and that may also include cutting out bright-colored foods and beverages, and anything that can harm your teeth.
Talking about which dental whitening treatment will last longer, there is no definite answer, although, with custom trays, frequency is the key. The bright shade of your teeth with using trays can be long- lasting; you can order a professional whitening agent from your dentist that can be used at home in your reusable dental tray for touch-ups.
Pre-dental whitening topics to discuss with your dentist
There are several factors that may affect whether your whitening results live up to the sparkling smile you expect. For starters, dental whitening substances cannot penetrate plaque and buildup. Also, putting a tooth with a cavity or exposed roots through a tooth whitening procedure may lead to discomfort and sensitivity. A dental checkup and professional dental cleaning, before in-office teeth whitening is required.
Finally, the dentist may check if any area of your teeth where the whitening agent may not be able to penetrate, including:
- Areas that are overexposed to fluoride.
- Past dental work such as having a porcelain tooth or a bonded area.
- Dental trauma causing the inner layer of your tooth, or dentin to darken.
Are professional teeth whitening safe?
Teeth whitening is a safe procedure when it is carried out under the supervision of a dental professional. You might experience some tooth sensitivity, but it is only a temporary side effect that should soon subside without any intervention. If you are looking for dental whitening in Oakville, consult Smile Park Dental, we have an experienced team who will ensure that you leave the dental clinic with a smile as beautiful as it can be.