Professional teeth whitening is by far the most convenient and easiest way to transform a dull smile. Over time, when you look in the mirror to check how bright your teeth are, you may discover that they have changed in color. Staining and discoloration are some of the common dental aesthetic issues people deal with. Some of the foods and drinks we love to consume are the biggest culprits to teeth yellowing and darkening. Coffee, tea, red wine, and dark sodas all can lead to stained teeth. At , we perform teeth whitening procedures to reclaim the pearly whiteness of your teeth.
Types of Whitening
Often, people start whitening at home using over-the-counter whitening kits or whitening toothpaste. However, these do not always produce consistent results and their improper use can affect your gums. The whitening kits offer a one-size-fits-all solution and may not be suitable for your specific case. As such we recommend that you visit us to get professional whitening in our office or even at home. While we do in-office whitening, if you are not available for the procedure or lack the time, we can still give you take-home whitening trays.
We fabricate whitening trays in our office and you can take them with you to begin your whitening process at home. When creating these trays, we prepare an impression or model of the mouth to ensure that they fit correctly and do not leak the whitening gel. The teeth whitening gel that you pour into the whitening trays is concentrated and when it gets to the soft tissues in your mouth it can cause irritation or burns. We also give you proper instructions to follow.
However, take-home whitening trays take time to deliver the desired results. If you want to get results in just one visit, you may opt for our in-office whitening. During the procedure, we paste the whitening gel on your teeth that begins to whiten your teeth. We repeat the process until you are satisfied with the results.
Teeth Whitening Aftercare Tips
Coffee, red wine, tea, and other teeth-staining products can stain your already whitened teeth. So it is best you try avoiding them at all costs. Soon after a whitening treatment, only consume foods of light color such as plain starches, including pasta and rice, and unseasoned fish and chicken.
In addition, you may want toothpaste or gel that helps with sensitivity. The reason is that after the whitening process, your teeth may feel sensitive to cold and hot items. The sensitivity toothpaste helps minimize discomfort. Furthermore, chewing extremely chewy foods is likely to damage the newly whitened teeth. Once the active ingredients in the whitening gel or solution are applied to the tooth surface, they lighten the enamel, making it vulnerable to damage. Foods that are not easily chewable may lodge on the surface, hence causing stains or damaging the whitened tooth surface, so try to avoid them.
Moreover, make sure you brush lightly to avoid discomfort, but remember that regular brushing is essential and part of aftercare. Lastly, follow up with our dental professionals to have your teeth inspected to make sure that there are no imperfections or any harm that could have occurred during the whitening procedure.
Get in touch with our team at Parkside Dental to find out about whitening procedures. Contact us at (469) 361-8636 to schedule an appointment.