Would you like to transform the appearance of your smile? Then you should consider getting a professional whitening treatment! We can lift years of stains from the surface of your teeth and give you the stunning smile you’ve always wanted. To help you decide if a professional whitening treatment is right for you, we’ve answered your most common questions about the procedure.
What is the teeth whitening procedure?
With our professional teeth whitening procedure, we can remove years of stubborn stains from your dental enamel! This treatment is pain-free and does not remove any dental enamel in the process.
What causes tooth discoloration?
There are numerous reasons why your teeth could have discoloration. It could be a result of the food and beverages you consume, such as coffee, red wine, curry, or even citrus fruits. If you smoke, this can also leave a brownish-yellow stain on the surface of your teeth. However, stains can also simply be a result of your genetics!
What does the procedure involve?
The whitening procedure is quite simple. First, a dental hygienist will perform a professional cleaning to ensure that all of the food particles, plaque, and tartar is removed from the surface of your teeth. We will also make certain that you do not have any cavities before the procedure. Then, we will apply a whitening solution to the surfaces of your teeth. To activate this solution, we will shine a small laser on your teeth. We will allow the compound to sit for a few minutes before suctioning it off. This process is repeated as many as three times before we rinse off your teeth. Your teeth will look whiter almost instantly!
How long does the teeth whitening procedure take?
The number of appointments required for the whitening procedure depends on the patient. However, this process typically only takes one or two appointments, each taking anywhere from 30-90 minutes.
Any side effects I should be aware of?
Patients can experience dental sensitivity as a result of teeth whitening procedures. However, this should diminish with time. You might also have some slight irritation of the gums if they happen to come in contact with the whitening solution. Should your side effects continue beyond a few days after your treatment, be sure to contact our offices for a follow-up.
How long will my results last?
In-office whitening treatments are certainly the most effective and give you the longest lasting results. This duration of time can vary from person to person, but results typically last anywhere from six months to two years.
How can I prolong my results?
The best way to keep your teeth looking sparkling white after your appointment is to maintain a solid dental hygiene routine. This includes brushing your teeth twice per day and after meals, as well as flossing every night. You can also avoid smoking cigarettes and consuming foods and beverages that cause tooth discoloration, such as coffee, wine, citrus fruits, tomato sauce, curry, etc.
Are you hoping to schedule an in-office whitening treatment? Contact Olympia Fields Dental Associates today to book your appointment!