The Benefits of Professional Teeth Whitening
Everyone wants to sport a white smile, but sometimes that is not possible if the tooth enamel has experienced stains from various forms of damage or decay. While anyone can go to the drug store and buy over-the-counter teeth whitening products, these products can have many disadvantages. The peroxides that are present in the drug store products may not be in a high enough concentration to truly whiten the teeth, yet they may be just strong enough to cause some major or minor damage to the individual’s gums. Additionally, drug store white strips or trays often do not fit people properly, which means that the gums will be unnecessarily exposed to the whitening gel in the process of trying to whiten the teeth. Also, if there is already some type of dental problem, like gum infection or abscess, applying the gel may make this problem even worse and the individual applying the process may not be aware of what to do once the damage starts to expose itself during the procedure. That is why it’s smarter to let a professional at Hilltop Dental of Agoura Hills, California do the whitening for you. While it may cost more than over-the-counter products, you’ll get better results that will last longer, and will be safer in the long run.
When You Need a Professional to Perform Teeth Whitening
If you want to whiten your teeth in a hurry, the best thing to do is to see a professional dentist. You’ll see results in one visit because the products that are used professionally are strong enough to do the job effectively in about an hour. Professional whitening is especially effective for teeth that are yellowed or darkened simply from aging and consumption of coffee, tea, or tobacco, or some forms of medication for chronic diseases.
You need not worry about damage to your teeth from the higher concentration of whitening products used by your dentist, because a professional dentist will only use the product at safe intervals. In between visits, you can maintain your professional whitening job by using over-the-counter products as directed by your dentist, such as using whitening strips.
What to Expect During the Teeth Whitening Procedure Visit?
Your visit to the dentist for professional teeth whitening will take about an hour to ninety minutes to complete. The dentist will polish your teeth and then isolate the teeth from the gums and the rest of the mouth so that the whitening gel does not damage the gums and mucous membranes inside the mouth. After this preparation, the whitening product is then applied to the teeth. This is left on for about 30 to 60 minutes and may require the use of a light source or laser to “set” the whitening product onto the teeth. Once this process is completed, the teeth are then rinsed and will appear to be whiter even at this stage of the process.
After the visit is completed, you’ll be advised to not consume certain foods or drinks for the next 24 hours. Beverages like red wine, coffee, tomato juice, or foods like candy, beets, or mustard should all be avoided because they can stain the teeth again before the whitening has fully set. The patient should also avoid smoking during this timeframe as well to avoid staining the teeth with nicotine residue from the process of smoking tobacco.
Call to Learn More About Teeth Whitening at Hilltop Dental in Agoura Hills, California Today
If you’re interested in learning more about teeth whitening and how you can have a brighter smile right now, call for a complimentary consultation at Hilltop Dental in Agoura Hills, California today. At Hilltop Dental, we deliver professional teeth whitening that is quick and effective. Dr. George B. Apelian, DDS has over thirty years of experience, and he and his professional staff will deliver results you’ll love. We serve the cities of Agoura Hills, Calabasas, Westlake Village, Malibu, Thousand Oaks, and surrounding areas. Give us a call at 818-865-8651, and let’s talk about how Hilltop Dental can give you a whiter, brighter smile.