On paper, the term and procedures seem pretty straightforward. Teeth whitening is the action of brightening up your teeth, removing stains, and making them look white and clean. Since your smile is one of the first things people see about you, it is an important process to consider investing in.
When researching this procedure, you may also come across the term teeth bleaching. While they may sound different, they are essentially the same thing. In both cases, carbamide peroxide and hydrogen peroxide are used to break down your existing stains into small pieces which in turn decreases the discoloration you are trying to get rid of.
Why Should I Go To A Dentist?
There is no shortage of at-home teeth whitening kits and Whitestrips. Most of them are produced by reputable brands, such as Crest, that also create the toothpaste and mouthwash that you use. Plus, going to the dentist is not something most people look forward to, especially those with tooth sensitivity. Therefore, you may be tempted to purchase one of these over-the-counter dental whitening solutions for your teeth whitening needs.
However, it is important to understand what these at-home teeth whitenings do and more importantly, what they lack. These kits only impact the outer layer of your tooth enamel. In other words, they are going to work on the surface of your teeth. An experienced dentist administering a professional teeth whitening treatment will penetrate your teeth much deeper.
What Does Professional Teeth Whitening Entail?
As we mentioned before, getting your teeth brightened by a dentist means going behind the surface of your teeth. They start by performing a thorough cleaning to remove any plaque, bacteria, or tartar that has built up over the past few months or even years. Then, they combine the pumice and whitening gel to remove any tooth discoloration or abnormal surface stains due to bacteria buildup before beginning the actual whitening treatment. This attention to detail helps to prevent tooth-decay and minimize your risk of cavities.
The tooth whitening process takes between sixty and ninety minutes to complete, depending on the amount of work that needs to be done. Often teeth that have been stained for a while and/or considered sensitive teeth, require a bit of extra care to ensure the whitening process is effective. Our dental professionals take their time in order to prevent gum irritation and make sure the whitening solution is applied correctly to the front of the teeth.
One of the many benefits of using professional teeth whitening services is that the dental professional can actually see your teeth and make sure they are being thoroughly coated. This allows us to be more efficient and ensures the whitening application will last. While seeing a professional may require a slightly higher investment, the results they deliver will last longer and end up saving you more money in the future.
Teeth Whitening FAQ
If you have any more questions about teeth whitening, we would love to speak with you. Some common questions include:
The average price of a teeth whitening procedure can cost between $450-$650 and can last between two and three hours. While this may seem costly, the return on investment can be great. A whiter, cleaner smile, can lead to more confidence, increase opportunities in the workplace, and more.
Teeth whitening has been known to last for up to three years. Having clean and white teeth for several years before you need another procedure makes the investment worth it. Our team of dental experts will go over what foods and drinks to stay away from to keep your pearly whites looking fresh and clean for the entire three-year duration.
It is also important to practice good dental hygiene as well when it comes to keeping your teeth white. This includes brushing your teeth twice a day with a high quality toothbrush and flossing regularly.
The great thing about our professional teeth whitening and cleaning services is that you see the results you paid for right away. The process we implement is much stronger than any at-home solution you can buy over the counter. With home whitening kits, you have to apply their whitening products several times a week until you see results. With us, you will have whiter teeth when you walk out of our office.
About Friendly Dentistry
Our team of dental experts has been servicing residents in the Greensboro area for years. One of the key things that separates our dentists from the rest is our commitment to continuing education. Our dentists stay on top of the latest dental techniques and technology by frequently attending conferences, lectures, and seminars. You can feel confident knowing you are trusting your dental needs to a highly experienced and knowledgeable expert.
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