Smiling makes an impact on yourself and others. A bright smile increases your confidence level and conveys good health, warmth, and youth. On the other hand, a stained yellowed smile makes you feel self-conscious and give off negative vibes to others. One of the best ways to improve your smile quickly and easily is with teeth whitening.
You have several options when it comes to teeth whitening. The most advantageous way to regain your pearly whites is to have your teeth professionally whitened. Professionals use a higher concentration of peroxide-based bleaching agents than other methods, as well as a special light to aid the process. This type of whitening can improve the color of your teeth up to six shades whiter in one treatment that lasts about an hour. Patients with sensitive gums and teeth can have protective measures taken so that discomfort is minimized. Most patients do not experience significant pain during professional teeth whitening, but if so, any discomfort dissipates quickly.
Another method consists of dentists providing patients with whitening systems for home use. Your dentist will create a model of your mouth in order to make soft trays. Once you have the trays, you will place a small amount of whitening gel inside to wear while sleeping. The trays should be worn anywhere from a week up to six weeks, depending on the extent of discoloration and strength of the gel. Tooth sensitivity can usually be controlled by alternating use of the whitening gel and fluoride in the trays.
The last option is to use over-the-counter whitening products at home. This might be gels, strips, toothpaste, or other home kits. These products are not customized to patients and do not employ very strong concentrations of whitening ingredients, so they do not whiten teeth as dramatically as other methods and will take longer to see results.
We look forward to seeing you in our Richmond dental office