If you have yellow or brown teeth, you may be a candidate for in-office teeth whitening.
Having your teeth whitened in a professional dental setting is faster, more effective, and safer than using over-the-counter products. Plus, because there are some stains and discolorations that do not change when bleached, having a consultation with a dentist can help to put together an effective plan for your particular condition.
If you’re in Colorado Springs, call Austin Bluffs Dental to set up a consultation!
How Does In-Office Teeth Whitening Work?
None of the steps for in-office teeth whitening are uncomfortable or painful.
First, the teeth to be whitened must be cleaned so the bleach can effectively reach the entire surface. Then the gums are typically treated to protect them from the bleach, which can cause extra sensitivity or irritation otherwise.
The bleaching gel is applied to the teeth and allowed to remain there for as long as half an hour. How long it takes depends on the degree of whitening desired. It is then cleaned off the surface of the teeth and the patient is ready to go!
Depending on how white you’d like your teeth to be, follow-up appointments may be necessary. This is particularly true when there is one or two stains in particular that require additional treatment.
How to Protect Against Tooth Discoloration
After getting your teeth whitened, you’ll probably want to make sure they stay white so you don’t need to go back for more treatments.
The main causes of tooth discoloration are:
- Red wine
- Black tea
- Dark sodas
Simply by avoiding these things, you can protect your teeth from becoming discolored. However, age and hereditary factors also influence tooth discoloration over time, so it’s possible they may still yellow and require treatment.