Most people want a bright, white smile. Unfortunately, there are several factors that get in the way of having those pearly whites. Diet (consuming teeth-staining substances like coffee and tea) and personal habits (such as smoking or chewing tobacco) have a great effect on how our teeth look. In addition to those factors, teeth also naturally appear yellower over time as the teeth enamel wears down, allowing the yellower dentin layer underneath to show through more.
There are many over-the-counter treatments available to whiten teeth, including toothpaste, gels, strips, and rinses, but the most effective way to whiten teeth is with a professional whitening treatment at the dentist’s office.
Also called chairside bleaching, professional treatment for teeth whitening in Highland Village usually takes about one hour. The reason why it is more effective than store-bought treatments is that it contains a higher concentration of the whitening agent (hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide). To begin the treatment, the dentist will first clean the teeth. The gums will then have a gel applied to them to keep them protected from the whitening treatment. Once the teeth are dried, the whitening gel will be applied to the teeth. Our dentist near you uses a special light to activate chemicals in the gel, breaking down stains to make them appear less noticeable. This process will be repeated two or three times. Professional whitening treatments can result in a smile that is several shades whiter than before.
When the treatment is complete, you may be provided with an at-home treatment to help you maintain your new white smile. It is recommended to avoid teeth-staining foods and drinks to keep the teeth white for as long as possible. If you have teeth sensitivity, be sure to inform your dentist of this before undergoing the treatment; the concentration of the whitening product can be adjusted to make the procedure more comfortable. You may also receive a product to help treat the sensitivity.