When your teeth have stains on them or a yellowish tint, you don’t have to avoid smiling. With professional teeth whitening, you can have a bright, beautiful smile that you’ll be proud to show others. How do these professional treatments work to make teeth whiter? This depends on the type of treatment you end up getting.

In-Office Teeth Whitening

Your dentist can handle the whitening process for you at the office. This involves having a gel with a bleaching agent applied to your teeth. Your dentist can then use a special light to interact with the gel and break up discolorations and stains on your teeth. This leaves you with whiter teeth and an improved smile. This type of whitening procedure uses a whitening agent that is stronger than the ones you’ll find in stores. Over-the-counter whitening products might seem more convenient, but they usually don’t provide effective results.

Although this process usually only takes about an hour, you might need to come in more than once for treatment. The number of teeth whitening sessions you’ll need depends on how much discoloration or staining your teeth have. Keep in mind that whitening treatments might not be effective for certain types of stains, such as grayish discolorations caused by medication. However, professional whitening treatments generally work for common stains and discolorations, such as yellowish or brownish coffee stains.

Teeth Whitening Trays

Another way to whiten your teeth is by using whitening trays that you take home from your dentist’s office. This provides a convenient way for you to brighten your smile in the comfort of your home rather than at the dentist’s office. With this type of treatment, you fill the tray with a whitening agent that contains hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide, then wear it on your teeth for a certain amount of time. The length of time you’ll need to use these trays will depend on how severe your teeth stains and discolorations are.

Some trays are worn overnight or for longer periods of time, while others are made to be worn for a shorter amount of time each day. The type you should get depends on certain factors, such as your daily schedule. Your dentist can let you know how long you need to wear your whitening trays. The whitening agents in these trays target stains and discolorations on your teeth and minimize their appearance, resulting in a whiter smile.

Teeth Whitening Considerations

Professional whitening services can be effective at restoring a brighter appearance, which can boost your self-confidence. You should keep in mind that these treatments aren’t suitable for everyone, though. Your dentist can let you know if teeth whitening is a good option for improving your smile. If not, your dentist can discuss other treatment options with you to make your teeth look whiter again.

If you do have whitening done, this treatment can lead to temporary sensitivity. This is a mild side effect that usually doesn’t last long. Your dentist can provide you with advice on dealing with tooth sensitivity while it lasts, such as avoiding certain foods and beverages or using toothpaste and other products that are designed for sensitive teeth.

Your dentist might recommend ways to maintain whiter teeth after you have had teeth whitening treatments done. This might include avoiding coffee and other beverages and foods that stain your teeth or brushing soon after eating or drinking these. Having regular teeth cleanings done also helps protect your teeth from developing stains and discolorations again over time.

If you’re interested in professional teeth whitening services to make your smile brighter, please contact Arvada Dental Center to set up an appointment with our dentist.