Teeth whitening is a dental procedure that uses specialized chemicals to remove stains from both the enamel (outer) and dentin (middle) layers of your teeth. Teeth naturally change color as we age, and factors such as foods, beverages, medications, or personal and dental habits can further cause teeth to stain. In a single in-office teeth whitening appointment, you can brighten your smile between 5 and 10 shades! However teeth whitening can also be prescribed by one of our dentists and performed out of the office in the comfort of your own home. Professional teeth whitening, whether in-office or at home, uses stronger whitening agents than over the counter whitening treatments, which means you will get better results.
Did You Know?
The American Dental Association (ADA), has found teeth whitening to be one of the most popular cosmetic dental treatments. This is most likely because it is one of the easiest ways to quickly and effectively enhance your smile.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Am I a candidate for teeth whitening?
You may be a candidate for teeth whitening if you have stained, but otherwise healthy teeth that you would like to have brightened. However, you may not be the best candidate for teeth whitening if you have decayed teeth, gum disease, are sensitive to the ingredients in whitening agents, or are pregnant. To find out for sure if you are a candidate for teeth whitening, schedule a consultationwith one of our dentists at Glen Park Family Dentistry.
What should I expect when undergoing teeth whitening at Glen Park Family Dentistry?
If you are having your teeth whitened with an in-office treatment, you can expect that your teeth will first be thoroughly cleaned prior to applying any whitening products. This is so all the plaque, tartar, and bacteria will be removed and an even base will be made to apply the whitener. Your gums will also be properly protected to ensure that the whitening agents do not irritate them. Once your mouth has been prepared, the whitening agent will be applied to the surface of your teeth and it will usually remain for about an hour. Some whitening agents must be activated with a light, while others do not. Finally, the whitening agent will be rinsed off your teeth. Depending on your individual case and treatment goals, the treatment may be repeated, however most people are satisfied with a single treatment. If you are using the at-home option, then you will first need to have a dental impression taken of your mouth so that you can have whitening trays custom made. You will then be provided instructions on how to use the whitening agent and trays. Generally, at-home whitening will consist of wearing your whitening trays for a specific amount of time every day for a certain number of days. Because the whitening agent is not as strong as the one used in the office, it will take longer for the results to become apparent.
What type of post-treatment care is required after having my teeth whitened?
After you have your teeth whitened, whether in the office or at home, you may experience a brief period of sensitivity. You will also be instructed to avoid highly pigmented beverages for at least 24 hours after your whitening treatment to prevent additional stains. This is because the whitening agents will continue to work for 24 hours after their initial application, so to get the best results you will want to refrain from exposing your teeth to additional stains. If you had an in-office treatment, you may also be provided with an at-home kit to increase or maintain your results. For a full-range of high-quality dental care, schedule a consultation with one of our dentists at Glen Park Family Dentistry today! Glen Park Family Dentistry proudly serves Glen Burnie, MD and the surrounding communities.