Even though you brush and floss regularly, and see your dentist twice a year, your teeth may not look pearly white. This situation can be disheartening, especially when your favorite Hollywood star effortlessly flashes their brilliant white smile. However, with teeth whitening, you can have a beautiful bright smile just like that movie star. To learn more about professional teeth whitening with our Houston cosmetic dentist, or to make an appointment, contact Supreme Dentistry today.
Why Should You Get Professional Teeth Whitening?
Today, take-home teeth whitening kits are a dime a dozen. Professional teeth whitening may seem like an unnecessary cost. If this is the case for you, you may be wondering, why is professional teeth whitening services so important?
When you come to a teeth whitening dentist, you can remove the stubborn stains that the take-home teeth whitening kits leave behind. If your teeth are yellowed with age, professional teeth whitening is the answer. Moreover, professional teeth whitening is more powerful. A take-home teeth whitening kit may only whiten your teeth by one or two shades. However, with professional services, your teeth can get up to eight shades whiter, making your smile more attractive and dazzling.
Additionally, professional teeth whitening has a higher quality of work than those take-home teeth whitening kits. Because your dentist is creating a treatment specifically for you, your solution will fit your teeth. As a result, the whitening liquids won’t leak out, which means you won’t have to deal with gum irritation.
Not everyone is an ideal candidate for teeth whitening services. Dental experts may not recommend teeth whitening for people with certain conditions, including:
- Receding gum lines
- Sensitive gums or teeth
- Periodontal disease
- Oral cancer
- Damaged enamel
However, if you have good oral health, your teeth whitening dentist can help you get the smile you’ve been craving.
What Happens With Teeth Whitening?
No matter which of the teeth whitening services you choose, the primary goal is to bleach your teeth. By doing so, your dentist can remove surface and deep stains, which leaves your teeth lighter than before. Active ingredients like carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide can work to get rid of these tough stains.
There is a range of techniques that your teeth whitening dentist may use. Depending on the teeth whitening option you and your dentist settle upon, what happens when you come in for your teeth whitening appointment may vary. However, there is a basic procedure your dentist will follow.
Before you begin the teeth whitening process, your dentist will record the current shade of whiteness of your teeth. This step gives him or her a baseline. Then, your dentist will polish your teeth with pumice, which will remove the plaque and bacteria.
Then, your dentist will use gauze to keep your teeth dry. He or she may also use retractors to keep your lips, cheeks, and tongue away from the whitening solution. Your dentist will also place a barrier along your gum line to protect it from the solution.
The next step of teeth whitening services is to coat the front of the teeth with the whitening solution. The dentist will apply a laser or curing light to activate the solution and leave it on the teeth for 30 to 60 minutes. Depending on the brand, he or she may occasionally apply it again. Then, once your teeth have reached the ideal shade, your dentist will rinse your teeth and apply a fluoride solution to ease your teeth sensitivity.
After you complete your treatment, your dentist may offer you a custom mouthpiece for at-home bleaching. You can wear the mouthpiece for several hours each day or wear it overnight for a couple of weeks.
Cosmetic Dentistry at Supreme Dentistry
In addition to teeth whitening, we also provide a range of other services, including:
- General dentistry
- Family dentistry
- Teeth Cleaning
For more information about our services, contact Supreme Dentistry today at 844.966.2333.