Getting your teeth whitened professionally can be a life-changing experience. Whiter teeth are associated with youth, health, vitality and even your level of professionalism in the workplace. Your dentist has the ability to improve the appearance of your teeth by up to eight shades in one short visit. Explore the following FAQs about teeth whitening so that you can decide if this cosmetic treatment is right for you.
Why is Professional Teeth Whitening the Best Option?
Over-the-counter whitening products are convenient but problematic for a number of reasons. For one, they take a long time to show results (sometimes weeks or months), if they ever do. Whitening kits that come with trays are ill-fitting and uncomfortable to wear for extended periods of time. When you have your teeth whitened professionally, the treatment is finished within one day, in one appointment. There’s no need to disrupt your schedule by wearing a tray every day and little to no concerns about irritation of the gums since the procedure will be handled by a skilled dentist.
Who Is a Candidate?
Any patient with generally good dental health may be a candidate for professional teeth whitening. Keep in mind that some patients aren’t eligible for this treatment because they have stains that can’t be cleared with whitening gels. This is the case when the stain is “intrinsic,” which means the discoloration is at the inner layer of the tooth. Your dentist can tell you if your teeth can be successfully whitened at your initial consultation.
What Will Happen at a Whitening Appointment?
Set aside at least an hour of your time for your teeth whitening appointment. You’ll sit back in your chair as the dentist inserts a device to keep your lips separate from your teeth then applies the gel. You’ll wait for anywhere between 60-90 minutes until the whitening effect has set in. Many patients choose to have this treatment performed during lunch hours.
How Long Will the Teeth Stay White?
You can expect to enjoy your new whiter smile for about one to two years or longer. The length of time your smile will last depends on you and your dental habits. If you go back to eating the same foods and drinking the same beverages that stained your teeth in the past, the problem is likely to return more quickly. Use a straw, brush regularly and see your dentist for cleanings twice per year.
Contact Your Dentist
You will be happy with the way that your smile looks after going to your dentist for a teeth whitening treatment. If you have more questions, call for an appointment today.
My wife and I were recently blessed with our 2nd child. A beautiful baby boy! During this exciting time, I have had the opportunity to reflect upon the challenges a woman faces during pregnancy. Although I will admit I will never truly understand what a woman goes through during pregnancy, I can share some thoughts regarding dental issues a pregnant woman confronts.
One of the most common problems during pregnancy is “pregnancy gingivitis.” As we all know, gingivitis is the inflammation of the gums which makes them irritated, red, and tender. Generally, this is a result of plaque build-up and inadequate oral hygiene. This condition can be exacerbated by hormonal fluctuations during pregnancy. Increased levels of estrogen and progesterone can make it easier for bacteria in plaque to grow. Bleeding gums are also common with pregnancy gingivitis.
If gingivitis is ignored during pregnancy, it can develop into periodontal disease. This is a more serious chronic infection that in the worst cases can lead to tooth loss. Studies have also shown that periodontal disease may be linked to other complications during pregnancy such as premature birth.
In some cases, pregnancy gingivitis has resulted in pregnancy tumors. These are deep-red, sore swellings of the gums that easily bleed. Although these tumors are not cancerous, they can be uncomfortable and usually go away after the baby is delivered.
To prevent these problems, good oral hygiene and regular dental check-ups should be maintained throughout pregnancy, but any elective dental treatment should be confined to the 2nd trimester. Pregnant woman should also intake adequate amounts of vitamin A, C, D, and calcium to aid in the development of the unborn child’s teeth.
If you are pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant, talk to us about regular check-ups and proper home care to keep your health the best it can be!
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