Having white teeth is a very desirable quality. When people look at your face, the first thing they notice is your smile. Teeth become more discolored with age and this is common in everyone. It’s nothing to be embarrassed about. If your teeth are yellowing or are not as white as you’d like them to be, you can opt for teeth whitening. This is also called dental bleaching or dental whitening because you visit your dentist for this procedure. While tooth whitening strips can be found in your local drugstore or pharmacy, the procedure is most efficient and looks consistent when performed by a dentist.
Dental tooth whitening is a cosmetic procedure where the natural white color of the teeth is restored. It’s important to keep your expectations realistic if you’re going to a teeth whitening dentist. While they can improve the current color of your teeth safely, your teeth color may not be changed to become perfectly white.
There are a number of different methods used to do dental teeth whitening. Dental bleaching can be done where a solution of hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide are applied to your teeth for 30-60 minutes. You’ll be wearing a special mouthpiece that will protect your gums. The solution is then rinsed off and you may have to come for multiple treatments. Laser whitening can also be done where a bleaching solution is applied to your teeth and a laser is aimed at your teeth to activate bleaching. This takes about 1 hour.
In addition to whitening, your dentist will also perform dental cleaning to help maintain your pearly whites. Buildup of plaque and tartar over the teeth can contribute to the discoloration of teeth. A dental deep cleaning will remove deposits and leave the surface of the teeth clean. This also gives a better foundation for the dentist cleaning your teeth to apply bleaching product to whiten them. During a dental cleaning, the dentist will clean your teeth using either ultrasonic instruments or hand tools to scrape away at deposits clinging to the teeth. Your teeth will then be polished to make them smooth. Fluoride will be placed in a large foamy mouthpiece that you will have to leave in your mouth for 30 seconds-1 minute. This finishes the deep cleaning.