Teeth whitening is a natural process that removes stains from your teeth. The outer layer of your teeth, called enamel, is made mainly of minerals. When certain substances react with the minerals in enamel, they form stains that slowly darken your teeth. The most common substances that stain teeth are dark-colored foods and beverages, like berries, soy sauce, and coffee.
Professional Teeth Whitening
Professional teeth whitening uses a stronger bleaching solution than over-the-counter options. Your dentist can also closely control the amount of peroxide used, which is important to avoid damaging the gums. This can help keep your smile looking beautiful for longer, as professional teeth bleaching can whiten teeth up to 10 shades.
In-Home Teeth Whitening
Your dentist can customize a take-home whitening kit to match your lifestyle and desired results. Your dentist will also recommend a safe and effective whitening solution. You will have to brush your teeth thoroughly, apply the whitening gel to the trays, and place them on your teeth. After your teeth have been professionally whitened, complete the process by maintaining good oral hygiene habits and visiting your dentist for checkups.
How long will teeth whitening last?
The extent of time that teeth whitening lasts depends on several factors. First, if one’s teeth become stained again, the whitening procedure can be repeated. Second, the overall oral health will have an impact on how long a person’s whitening results last. For example, if one doesn’t practice proper dental care, then their whitening results could fade faster. Also, consuming a lot of colored foods, chewing tobacco, or smoking cigarettes can discolor the teeth.
Is teeth whitening safe?
Teeth whitening is one of the least invasive cosmetic procedures. It is safe for your mouth and for your enamel. There are many over-the-counter whitening solutions, but they aren’t as effective as professional teeth whitening. Professional teeth whitening uses stronger bleaching agents to whiten the teeth. This treatment is also supervised by a dentist. This treatment is safe because dentists are highly trained and knowledgeable about dental work. We know which whitening agent to use and how to use them.
To find out more about the dental services offered at our dental practice, call (502) 893-5454 or schedule an online consultation. You can also visit us at 4213 N Church Way, Louisville, KY, 40207, US.