Your regular dental hygiene visits may let you have a clean and healthy smile, however, for those who aim for a classic white smile, there are several cosmetic dental solutions to look out for. Teeth whitening is a commonly used dental procedure that helps restore your teeth's natural shine and luster.
Types of Teeth Whitening
There are several teeth whitening techniques available that can remove hard surface stains.
In-Office Dental Whitening
An in-office dental whitening treatment helps restore the color of your stained teeth in less an hour's time. Before starting the whitening process, the dentist would place a protective coating on the gum tissue and lips. The dentist would apply the whitening gel and activate the chemicals using an ultraviolet light yielding visible results.
Tray-Based Teeth Whiteners
Tray-based teeth whiteners are available in the form of kits. It consists of a tray-like device (that fits into your teeth) and a gel-based whitening solution. They tray-like device would be customized for you. With these, patients can whiten their teeth at home without the assistance of a dentist. Each session would take about 30-60 minutes.
There are several advantages of teeth whitening.
- It produces faster results
- The safest form of bleaching
- A whiter smile by borrowing less chair-time from patients
Before starting the whitening process, the dentist would remove any signs of decay, bacteria, or tartar from between teeth and from its surface.
A dental examination would be performed that'd help to check for potential teeth anomalies such as decay, cracks, or gum disease. Once clean, the dentist would protect the surface of gums and lip tissues with a shield. The bleaching gel would then be applied over teeth's surface for over 15-30 minutes. The gel would be activated with a UV light and removed.
Now that you've achieved that sparkling smile, there are ways by which you can ensure it stays the same. The steps are simple and can be easily followed.
- Avoiding stained food and beverages
- Patients would be advised to quit smoking
- Using a straw can keep away stain-causing substance from your teeth
Call our office at 415-702-6386 or request an online appointment today to understand more about our teeth whitening services.