What is Teeth Whitening?
Teeth whitening procedures are used to brighten the appearance of a patient’s smile – sometimes by as many as 5 to 10 shades in a single session. According to the American Dental Association, teeth whitening procedures have become some of the most popular esthetic dental treatments among patients throughout the country. Professional teeth whitening services can be performed in an office setting or prescribed for take-home use by a patient. In comparison to over-the-counter teeth whitening treatments, professional whitening uses stronger whitening agents that deliver faster and more effective results.
Did you know…
That the teeth naturally darken as we age? Furthermore, certain foods, beverages, medications, and habits can contribute to a darker, yellowed, or stained smile. However, it is possible to erase years of stains in a single professional whitening session and sustain those results for many years with proper maintenance. According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, professional whitening is best maintained by a combination of good oral care and take-home whitening treatments as recommended by your dentist.
An individual’s smile can be drastically improved with just one teeth whitening treatment. Our methods are quick, easy and provide instant results. Patients who receive our teeth whitening services are thrilled with their improved smile that looks entirely natural.
At Dental American Group, we use the Opalescence Teeth Whitening brand to conduct our procedures. The Opalescence brand has provided countless patients with tremendous results in whitening their teeth. A single session using Opalescence can make teeth up to eight shades whiter, giving people a bright smile that they are proud to show off to others.
Teeth whitening starts by applying a special hydrogen peroxide gel directly to the teeth. Using light from an overhead lamp, the gel is activated to produce oxygen. This oxygen enters the enamel and keeping dentin of the teeth in order to break down unwanted stains and discolorations, while still keep the tooth’s structure fully intact. The process lasts less than an hour, and the results can be seen immediately.
You may be a candidate for professional teeth whitening if you are experiencing discoloration, but otherwise, have healthy teeth and healthy gums. Schedule a consultation with a dentist to find out if tooth whitening could be right for you. Some patients, such as those who are pregnant or sensitive to whitening agents, may not be candidates for professional whitening.
Teeth whitening consists of a thorough cleaning and polishing of the teeth, with all debris carefully removed. Your dentist will then protect your gums before applying a whitening agent to the surface of your teeth. The product will be activated and left on the teeth for several minutes before being washed off with water. Your results will vary according to the natural shade of your teeth and degree of discoloration, but it is normal for patients to experience a lightening of several shades in a single visit.
It is normal to experience some tooth sensitivity following a professional whitening treatment. You may be instructed to avoid consuming highly pigmented beverages for at least 24 hours to prevent the teeth from becoming stained again. Examples include tea, coffee, and wine. Depending on your results and long-term teeth whitening goals, you may also be sent home from your procedure with an at-home whitening kit for later use.