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Teeth Whitening Procedures in Cosmetic Dentistry
Teeth whitening treatments are the most common procedures performed in cosmetic dentistry. There is nothing more appealing than a sparkling white smile. We would all have to have bright, white teeth but our teeth are constantly being stained by the things we consume like coffee or tomato sauce. It can lead to the formation of unsightly stains and discoloration that can ruin any smile regardless of the condition of the person's teeth.
Fortunately, teeth whitening treatments are effective on most types of stains and discoloration you might find yourself dealing with, like stains caused by foods and beverages, tobacco use or aging.
Teeth whitening procedures used in cosmetic dentistry
Teeth whitening treatments performed by a dentist are one of the fastest ways to significantly improve the appearance of a person's smile. A single professional whitening treatment can improve the color of a person's teeth by up to eight shades.
The teeth whitening process
The process of getting teeth whitening in cosmetic dentistry starts with a consultation with a dentist. The patient's mouth is evaluated for existing dental issues like tooth decay and gum disease. Teeth whitening treatments weaken tooth enamel which leads to sensitive teeth. People with teeth that are already damaged will experience drastically increased sensitivity. Dentists typically prefer to address existing dental issues before proceeding with teeth whitening treatments.
Teeth whitening often involves the use of a customized mouth tray. The tray is used to evenly apply the whitening product to the patient's teeth and to prevent the solution or gel from getting into the gums where it can cause irritation. The patient bites down on the mouth tray for 60 to 90 minutes and their teeth will be noticeably whiter at the end of the session.
Some in-office whitening treatments are done without the mouth tray. The dentist applies the whitening solution directly to the patient's teeth and retractors are used to prevent it from getting on soft tissues like the cheeks. An LED or ultraviolet light might be used to act as a catalyst and speed up the process.
Dentists also provide take-home whitening kits that effectively whiten teeth. Results do not come as quickly since the bleaching agents in these kits are not as strong as the prescription-grade whiteners dentists use.
These kits typically come with a customized mouth tray like the one used for in-office whitening. It allows the person to safely whiten teeth at home.
Life after whitening treatments
Your teeth will continue to be exposed to things that can stain them after whitening treatments, but taking proper care of your teeth can make the results of your whitening treatments last longer. Dentists recommend:
- Practicing good oral hygiene
- Using a whitening toothpaste twice a week
- Minimizing your consumption of color-rich foods and beverages
- Getting maintenance whitening treatments
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