Teeth whitening increases the brilliance of your natural teeth. While this is a quick way to rejuvenate your smile, this solution is not always suited for all patients.
Talk to us before you undertake this procedure, especially if you have:
It’s one of the first things that people notice when meeting someone new. A whiter, brighter smile is beautiful – it can help you feel better about yourself and make a lasting impression.
Your lifestyle and the aging process can stain and darken your teeth. The beverages we choose, the foods we eat, and other personal choices such as smoking tobacco products, can all be contributing factors to the discoloration of our teeth. Many things we use on a daily basis are known to cause discoloration and staining, including berries, soy sauce, curry, coffee, tea, red wine, cola, dark juices, and tobacco products.
Whitening can get your smile looking its best. Non-professional procedures and clinically unproven teeth whitening tips can often lead to disappointing results. If you are looking into whitening your teeth, you should look for a whitening procedure that is:
Almost anyone can benefit from the advantages of teeth whitening. However, treatment may not be as effective for some as it is for others. Through a thorough oral exam, it can be determined if you are a good candidate for this in-office procedure. As with any tooth whitening product, this is not recommended for children under 18 years of age and pregnant or lactating women. It is also not recommended for those who are undergoing PUVA therapy or other photochemotherapy, or for patients with melanoma. Patients taking any light sensitive drugs or substances should consult their primary care physician prior to the procedure.
The procedure is simple. It begins with a short preparation to cover your lips and gums, leaving only your teeth exposed. A whitening gel is then applied and activated by a specially designed light. The light and gel work together to gently penetrate your teeth, breaking up stains and discoloration. During the procedure, patients may comfortably watch television or listen to music. The LASER light generates minimal heat that may sometimes cause discomfort. Individuals with a strong gag reflex or anxiety may have difficulty undergoing the entire procedure.