It is helpful to have an in-depth understanding of teeth whitening before starting treatment. In general, teeth whitening performed in-office is a safe procedure with few risks, and knowing more about the process and what to expect can help you mentally and physically prepare for the procedure.
Things to know about teeth whitening
There are certain questions that general dentists receive regularly. The following is a review of the more frequently asked questions about professional teeth whitening, which includes insights into how the treatment process works, what the risks are and how long the results typically last.
How does in-office teeth whitening work?
In-office teeth whitening is performed by a dentist or dental hygienist. The procedure includes isolating the teeth from the gums to prevent gum irritation. A whitening agent is then applied to teeth; do not worry, the whitening agent is safe. The dentist then leaves the gel on teeth for approximately 15 to 20 minutes, monitoring the patient throughout the process. The whitening gel is then washed away. If the patient has not yet reached their desired results, then more gel is applied. A second visit may be necessary, although one visit is typically enough to reach the desired color shade.
Does teeth whitening harm my teeth?
Professional, in-office teeth whitening is the safest form of treatment as the dentist can monitor the results and ensure the patient does not experience any severe discomfort. If issues do arise, then they can treat the concern promptly. Also, dentists ensure the patient is in good oral health before beginning teeth whitening. If the patient has cavities, weakened enamel or oral health concerns, then they may need treatments such as dental fillings before teeth whitening. However, a dentist can ensure a treatment plan is in place to address all oral health and cosmetic concerns.
How long do teeth whitening results last?
Teeth whitening results typically last a year or longer, although how long the results last depend on how well the patient cares for their teeth. To get the most out of the whitening procedure long-term, patients should limit foods and drinks that lead to teeth stains (i.e. coffee, tea, soft drinks, dark chocolate, tomato-based dishes) and practice good oral health by brushing, flossing and using a fluoride-based mouthwash regularly.
When should I consider teeth whitening?
Teeth whitening is ideal for patients who are concerned about the brightness (or lack thereof) of their smile. As mentioned, patients need healthy teeth enamel for the safest treatment possible, but a dentist can address any enamel concerns before the teeth whitening procedure. Nevertheless, most with good oral health are eligible for teeth whitening, and patients typically report feeling more confident after treatment.
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