Whitening the teeth is one of the easiest and most noticeable changes that you can make to improve the appearance of your smile. Whitening, or bleaching, is a non-invasive and simple dental treatment that will alter the color of your tooth enamel to make your smile look whiter and brighter.
For many people, dull or stained teeth are the primary concerns that they have about their smile. At-home teeth whitening systems are the most popular method for correcting this problem. However, if you have older fillings, crowns, and other restorations, you need to be aware that whitening systems will only work to improve the appearance of the natural tooth enamel, so you won't notice any changes on those restorations. It is recommended that you have those restorations replaced after bleaching your teeth so they match the new and improved color of the rest of your smile.
Reasons to Whiten Your Teeth
Stained teeth can happen to anyone, even those who floss and brush regularly. Stains often come from outside factors. Here are some of the most common causes of stains.
The Professional Teeth Whitening
If you choose to whiten your teeth with a home whitening system, you will generally need two dental appointments. At your first visit, our highly trained assistants will take molds of your teeth to create customized plastic trays to hold the whitening solution.
After your trays have been fabricated, you'll have a second appointment where we'll verify they fit properly. You'll receive instructions on how to wear the trays for optimal results. In most cases, this will involve wearing them either once or twice per day for several weeks.
Elmwood Dental Group also carries another at-home whitening method that does not involve impressions or take home trays. Crest Whitestrips Professional are take home kits which are a breakthrough in teeth whitening. These are Professional strength dispensed whitening formula strips for both the upper and lower teeth. The Whitestrips contain the same enamel-safe ingredient dentists use to get at stains beneath the surface of your teeth. This is a method that generally requires wearing the strips twice a day for a half hour for about 2 weeks.
When whitening your teeth, it is completely normal to experience sensitivity. This is common, and will fade in a short time. If you normally struggle with tooth sensitivity, using a sensitivity toothpaste or Prevident Sensitive prescription toothpaste, can help with the symptoms. Ask our clinical team what may be the best whitening procedure, to ensure the best results for you.
It is important to remember that teeth whitening isn't a permanent procedure, so to get the most out of your results, you should be sure to avoid or reduce the use of foods and beverages that could stain your smile, including: red wine, tea, soda, and coffee. If you are a smoker, you may want to consider giving up the habit. Additionally, you will likely need an annual touch-up in order to maintain your beautiful, white smile.
For more information, and to schedule your consultation, call The Elmwood Dental Group LLC today at (860) 331-8748.