When it comes to achieving a healthy smile that radiates confidence, you have a lot more choices available today. One, in particular, is professional teeth whitening. These treatments can help you address staining and discolorations in safer and more efficient ways, and you’ll be able to share that brighter smile in less time.
You also have options for professional teeth whitening in the form of shortened in-office procedures or supervised take-home treatments. Choose what is most convenient and affordable for your needs, and select the best time to undergo the process. No longer do you need to try for months to improve your smile with just the over-the-counter whitening kits.
How Will Professional Teeth Whitening Work?
Before you begin any professional teeth whitening treatment, your dentist will conduct a full dental examination to determine the health of your teeth and gums. Once that is established, the current shade of your teeth will be recorded, and you can discuss with your dentist how much whitening you wish to achieve.
If you are undergoing an in-office treatment, a cleaning will take place, including the removal of debris and plaque from the teeth’ surfaces. The dentist will then apply a professional-grade whitening agent to the surface of your teeth and, in many cases, apply a light or laser to activate the agent.
Both the whitener and light may stay in place for up to an hour. Additional visits may be necessary if you desire a lighter shade.
Supervised Take-Home Treatment
If you choose the supervised at-home treatments, your dentist will fit you for customized mouth trays and discuss the level of whitening you wish to achieve. You’ll need to follow the instructions provided with these trays and return for regular visits so your dentist can assess your progress.
Top 5 Benefits of Professional Teeth Whitening
The benefits of undergoing professional teeth whitening are many, but here are the top five.
1. Professional Teeth Whitening Lightens or Eliminates Staining and Discolorations
Teeth become stained or discolored for a number of reasons. For example, consuming certain food and beverages, such as coffee, red wine, and berries, can lead to minimal or excessive staining. So too can poor dental hygiene habits, like only occasionally brushing or flossing.
Discolorations may also occur, even if you do take all the necessary steps to care for your teeth. Diet, the use of tobacco, certain medications, as well as other factors can lead to these unwelcomed appearances.
Your age can play a role as well. Tooth enamel begins to thin out as you grow older and this, in turn, exposes the dentin layer below, giving your teeth a more yellowing look.
Professional teeth whitening can target stubborn stains and lighten or dissolve them so they no longer show as you smile. For deeper discolorations, the professional treatments provided by your dentist can reach not only the outer tooth enamel but the dentin layer underneath, thus eliminating or removing those darker colors.
2. Professional Teeth Whitening Takes Less Time for Desired Results
Professional teeth whitening will take considerably less time to achieve the desired results, often noticing the difference after just one treatment. In contrast, over-the-counter whitening methods commonly take months to achieve any recognizable level of whitening and may only produce minimal results overall.
One reason for success is that your dentist will use professional-grade bleaching agents. These bleaching agents are faster and more effective at removing those stubborn stains that are challenging to lighten.
At Lifetime Dental Health, you’ll have the choice of which type of treatment you prefer. Options include in-office treatments and professional at-home whitening kits where you are provided with a convenient, custom-fitted mouth tray containing the bleaching agents.
3. Professional Teeth Whitening Allows for Customizable Treatments
All patients’ teeth are unique. Discolorations, staining, and the desire for whiter teeth can also differ. Your dentist will take each of these into consideration and recommend and oversee customizable treatments for your particular circumstances.
With professional teeth whitening, you also get to select a preferred shade. You can avoid the perfect look of models and instead create a more natural smile that is uniquely your own.
In addition, you may not need the same coverage or whitening on all your teeth in the smile zone. Perhaps just one or two teeth are darker than the others. In such cases, a customized professional treatment plan is the best way to go.
4. Professional Teeth Whitening Creates More Even Results
With over-the-counter treatments with ill-fitting mouth trays, you run the risk of uneven whitening. These whitening kits are not customized but instead offer a one-size-fits-all-approach, usually with the inability to adjust the bleaching agent amounts for different areas of your teeth.
As a result, you may experience unbalanced or mismatched whitening, especially when certain teeth start out darker than the others.
Professional teeth whitening provides you with customized trays, which ensures the bleaching agent is dispersed and reaches those areas that need more bleaching while also achieving the whitening effect for teeth less discolored. The result is a better matching color and a more even smile.
5. Professional Teeth Whitening Provides Longer Lasting Results
The results following professional teeth whitening will last longer than any of the over-the-counter treatments due to the use of the higher-grade bleaching agent.
Upon completion, your dentist may provide you with ways to do touch-ups or follow-ups as needed to maintain tooth brightness and keep your smile in top form.
You can also increase the long-lasting results by avoiding stain-causing beverages and foods or at least brush soon after consuming them to avoid new staining.
Find Out More About Professional Teeth Whitening by Contacting Lifetime Dental Health
Ready to take the next step in achieving a more confident smile? To gain more information or schedule a consultation to find out if professional teeth whitening is the perfect option for your needs, call the office of Lifetime Dental Health. Our team will go over the different treatment types and walk you through the process to achieve your beautiful smile. Call our dental office or go online now to get started!