Tooth whitening treatments are a form of cosmetic dentistry that can brighten your smile by several shades. It can make your teeth look whiter and brighter by removing stains that have accumulated over the years. Your dentist can help you decide if you need teeth whitening or not, as well as which treatment will work best for you.
Some patients can benefit from in-office whitening that is performed under the supervision of a dentist. This type of treatment involves using trays filled with a bleaching solution applied to the teeth to achieve dramatic results in a short period of time. This is a great option if you have a special event or date coming up that requires a whiter smile.
For patients with sensitive teeth, cosmetic dentists may recommend at-home whitening kits. These use customized trays that are made to fit your mouth perfectly and are worn over your teeth while you sleep. As you sleep, the teeth whiten over time without causing sensitivity. Once ready, a final appointment with your dentist will be made to discuss the results of your treatment.
At-home whitening is the recommended option for most patients as it is convenient and affordable. Results can be seen after just one week of treatment, although it may take up to a month or more to see final results depending on your current enamel color and the severity of any staining. However, your dentist can help you decide which option is right for you based on your current dental needs and cosmetic goals.
Once you’ve undergone the professional whitening process, there are also steps you can take to maintain your bright smile. Brushing after meals and avoiding foods and drinks that can stain your teeth is a good start for maintenance. You can also avoid smoking or chewing tobacco to maintain results.
Keep in mind that some beverages like coffee, tea, red wine, and sodas can linger on your teeth even after they are rinsed away with water. So consider brushing your teeth immediately after drinking these beverages to remove staining particles from enamel. Also, when eating foods with colorings like tomato sauce, cranberry sauce, or berries, brush your teeth before enjoying them. These and other common staining foods and beverages often contain acids as well. Acids can weaken tooth enamel and make teeth more susceptible to staining.
Maintaining a regular oral hygiene routine that includes proper brushing and flossing can help prevent discoloration and keep your mouth healthy for years to come. And be sure to see your dentist for regular cleanings and exams!
Visit Brighter Day Dental, 1950 Market Street, Suite D, Concord, CA 94520, to learn more about taking care of your oral health. Contact us at (925) 356-2828 or visit our website to schedule an appointment.