Benefits of Teeth Whitening
If the color of your teeth makes you hesitate before smiling, a professional teeth whitening treatment can help. Years of stains from dark-colored foods and drinks can cause your healthy teeth to appear discolored and dull, affecting the appearance of your smile.
Teeth whitening is a non-invasive cosmetic dental treatment that bleaches the enamel layer of the tooth to be brighter and whiter. In as little as one treatment your teeth can be several shades lighter, so you’ll be able to smile with confidence.
Teeth Whitening Process
At your appointment, Dr. Robson will first examine your smile to make sure your teeth and gums are healthy enough for whitening. Before he begins whitening your teeth, he’ll use protective measures to ensure your gums aren’t harmed by the whitening solution.
He’ll then apply the whitening solution to your teeth, and use a bleaching lamp to activate the process. Then, the solution will be rinsed off with water.
The entire procedure takes less than two hours and you won’t have to wait to see your results. Your teeth will immediately appear at least a couple of shades lighter. If you want your teeth to be even lighter, we’ll be happy to arrange another appointment with you.
Caring for Your Teeth After Whitening
After whitening your teeth, you’ll likely want to try and maintain this color. Avoiding dark-colored foods and drinks that tend to stain teeth can help keep your smile bright.
Examples of foods to limit include:
- Coffee and tea
- Sports and energy drinks
- Tomato sauce
- Berries like blueberries, blackberries, and cherries.
After consuming stain-producing foods, we recommend rinsing your mouth with water to reduce effects on your teeth. Practicing daily oral hygiene and getting regular dental cleanings can also keep your teeth in their whitest condition.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does professional teeth whitening cost?
Professional teeth whitening normally costs about $500 per session. Teeth that don’t need much whitening can often be done in one appointment.
Is teeth whitening bad for your teeth?
No, teeth whitening is considered safe for your teeth. It’s normal to experience some sensitivity after your whitening procedure, but this feeling should go away.
How long does teeth whitening last?
How long teeth whitening lasts depends on your daily habits. If you often consume dark-colored foods and drinks that are known to cause stains, your teeth may become discolored again.
Practicing daily oral hygiene and visiting the dentist every six months for cleanings can help keep your teeth in their whitest condition. If you find that your whitened teeth become discolored or dull again, you can schedule a whitening touch-up.
Do store-bought teeth whitening products work?
Store-bought whitening products can whiten your teeth. But they can leave an uneven whitening job and take a longer amount of time to achieve results.
If you’re interested in having your teeth professionally whitened, don’t hesitate to contact our office for more information or to schedule an appointment.
Call us at 616-942-9595 to schedule your appointment or fill out our easy online contact form. We’ll get back to you right away..