What to Expect with Professional Teeth Whitening?

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While we are taught not to judge someone based on appearance, the overwhelming truth is that when it comes to teeth, the way that they look can have a significant impact on the way that we feel. Studies have shown that teeth are one of the first things that we look at when we talk to people and their appearance does help us to form an opinion about them. Teeth that are white and bright look clean, healthy and attractive. Meanwhile, those which are discolored and stained can indicate that someone doesn’t take pride in the way that they look and could make them seem less desirable. Similarly, the color of our teeth affects how we feel about ourselves, with white teeth giving us great confidence and higher self-esteem.

There are many reasons why our teeth may become discolored or stained. While they naturally darken with age, the food and drink we consume can also cause our teeth to discolor over time. Smoking is also bad for the color of our teeth as well as our oral health and people who smoke nearly always end up with yellowish or even brown hues to their smile. Fortunately, the color of our teeth is something that is fairly easily addressed thanks to the availability of professional teeth whitening.

What is professional teeth whitening?

Professional teeth whitening is the most popular elective dental treatment in the world and countless procedures are performed every day. When you choose professional teeth whitening, you are choosing to have your teeth whitened in your dentist’s office, by a trained and experienced cosmetic dentist who will use some of the strongest whitening ingredients available.

Before you can be approved for professional teeth whitening, you will first need to undergo a consultation with your cosmetic dentist to check your suitability for the process. Once this has been established, you will be able to schedule your whitening sessions. Precisely how many you’ll need will depend on the original color of your teeth and the shade you want to achieve. It will also vary based on how quickly your teeth respond to the treatment.

What to expect from a professional teeth whitening session?

Teeth whitening is a non-invasive and painless process meaning that there’s no need for anesthesia or sedation. Once you are comfortable in the chair, special devices will be placed inside your mouth to expose your teeth and to shield your gums and tongue from the whitening agent, which is professional-grade and much stronger than anything you can purchase over the counter or via the internet. The whitening agent is pasted onto your teeth and is then activated using a special light which causes the chemical reaction which breaks down the staining. After the prescribed time, the whitening agent will be cleaned off and you will be able to rinse your mouth. There’s no downtime, meaning you can go back to your usual activities straight away.

Why choose professional teeth whitening?

There are a variety of reasons why professional teeth whitening is considered more effective than any at-home products or treatments. Some of the advantages of choosing professional teeth whitening include:

- Faster, more effective teeth whitening thanks to the highest and safest grade of bleach being used.

- A more consistent result across your smile since the application is carried out by a professional with complete visibility of your teeth.

- Customized treatments tailored specifically to your needs.

- Safer, more comfortable treatment thanks to the protective aids used to shield the soft tissues of your mouth.

- Fewer sessions are typically needed to achieve the results that patients are looking for.

- Results last longer than with any at-home treatments.

- Greater confidence in your smile can have a positive effect on many different areas of your life.

If you would like to more information about professional teeth whitening, including discovering what you can expect to happen at a professional teeth whitening appointment, please don’t hesitate to contact our experienced and discreet cosmetic dentistry team by calling our office today.