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Professional Teeth Whitening Treatment from a Cosmetic Dentist
Looking for a cosmetic dentist? A bright smile free from teeth stains often gives patients more confidence. Unfortunately, many over-the-counter whitening kits are not effective, dangerous to use, or the results do not last long. With professional teeth whitening from an experienced cosmetic dentist, patients can better ensure they get the long-lasting results they desire and a safe treatment process.
A review of getting whitening treatments from a cosmetic dentist
Cosmetic dentists help with oral health, but their primary concern is improving the appearance of the patient’s smile. Professional, in-office teeth whitening is one way they can help patients achieve the smile of their dreams. The following is a complete review of professional teeth whitening and how cosmetic dentists use it.
What are professional teeth whitening treatments?
Professional teeth whitening refers to an in-office procedure that treats dental discoloration and stains and improves the overall color of natural teeth. When compared to over-the-counter whitening kits, professional teeth whitening is generally much safer, more effective, and the results last much longer. In fact, many patients see the benefits of professional, in-office teeth whitening last for a year or more.
How a cosmetic dentist performs teeth whitening
Professional teeth whitening is performed by a dental professional in the office. The process starts with an oral examination on the first visit. The dentist will examine the health of the tooth enamel to determine whether the patient is a good candidate for professional teeth whitening or could benefit more from a different treatment.
Then the dentist will start by isolating the teeth from the gums by placing a protective gel or a barrier. A safe bleaching agent is then applied, which targets the stains on teeth and improves the color shade. Treatment typically takes around an hour or two and there is little to no recovery time.
How often teeth whitening is recommended
As mentioned, the results of professional, in-office teeth whitening can last for around a year. Many experienced cosmetic dentists recommend professional whitening annually to remove any minor discoloration that may occur naturally over time. It is also important to note that teeth whitening is not a replacement for good oral hygiene. Patients can keep teeth stains to a minimum by brushing regularly. It is also encouraged to limit dark beverages that can stain teeth, such as coffee, tea, and dark-colored soft drinks. Certain foods such as tomato-based dishes may contribute to teeth stains, as well. Instead, consider drinking water throughout the day to keep bacteria and food particles washed away.
Other treatment options from a cosmetic dentist
Teeth whitening works well for mild to moderate tooth stains and discoloration. However, more severe stains may require more extensive treatment. When this is the case, experienced cosmetic dentists often recommend dental veneers or dental bonding to address the stains in the long term.
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Call our cosmetic dentistry office today to learn more about professional teeth whitening. Our experienced team members are glad to answer your questions, address your concerns, and help you decide whether treatment is appropriate for you.
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