Teeth staining occurs to everyone over time. It comes as the result of diet, habits like smoking, and natural wear on the teeth, which means that some teeth are more prone to staining than others. If your smile has lost its brightness, you may be considering a teeth whitening treatment to get it back. After all, a bright, beautiful smile can make you look more friendly and more youthful. You could try one of the many whitening products available in any store, but these are only slightly effective and take a long time to show results. For the most dramatic and fastest results, come to Colony Dental for a professional whitening treatment in Sugar Land, TX.
Advantages of in-office whitening
Although there are many products available over-the-counter, such as toothpaste, gels, and strips, that may be more affordable than a professional treatment, in-office whitening procedures provide several advantages. Not only do they produce the fastest results, but they are the safest form of bleaching. Additionally, your dentist has the training and products necessary to avoid tooth sensitivity that often occurs with other methods of whitening.
Before starting the procedure, your dentist will check your teeth for potential problems such as severe tooth decay, gum disease, and cracks in the teeth. If any issues are detected, they will have to be addressed before the teeth can be whitened.
If the teeth are clear of problems, your dentist will start by performing a routine cleaning to clear away traces of plaque and debris from the surface of the teeth. A cheek retractor will be placed in your mouth to expose the teeth. The gums will be isolated by either a dental dam or the application of a hardening resin to keep them protected from the whitening solution, which will then be applied to the teeth. Depending on the product used, the gel will either be left on the teeth for 15 to 30 minutes, then rinsed off, or it will be activated using a special light. Two or more applications may be needed before the desired result is reached. A treatment usually takes about an hour, leaving you with a smile that is two to three shades whiter.
To learn more about teeth whitening, make an appointment at Colony Dental in Sugar Land, TX.