Cosmetic dentistry is the field of dentistry focused on making your smile look brighter and whiter. One of the most popular and easy cosmetic dentistry procedures available is whitening. Our team at Rockton Dental will utilize the latest in whitening techniques that can leave you with a brighter smile after just one visit. A professional whitening treatment will give you an immediate confidence boost and have your teeth looking great.
How Is Whitening Done?
There are three common methods used for teeth whitening. The simplest is by using a whitening toothpaste. A whitening toothpaste will only remove surface level stains and will take several weeks to notice a difference. This method will only be effective if you stop behavior that further stains your teeth, such as the consumption of coffee and soda.
Another common whitening method is through the use of strips or gels at home. These over-the-counter whitening products are generally peroxide-based and can provide incremental improvements to the shade of your teeth. Most gels and strips have to be applied for roughly two weeks multiple times per day and will take several days for you to experience results. These results are short lived and will only last for roughly four months, depending on your eating and drinking habits.
The best whitening treatment involves teeth bleaching. Store bought versions of this bleaching agent will typically contain anywhere from 10 percent to 22 percent peroxide. The bleaching agent used by our professionals will range from 15 percent to 45 percent hydrogen peroxide. While store bought bleaching kits can whiten your teeth, they are not as effective as professional bleaching agents.
In addition to being less effective, home bleaching kits can be dangerous. If you over apply the product or leave it on for too long, it can damage the enamel of your teeth. The bleaching agent can also cause irritation to your gums and oral tissue if over-applied.
Benefits of Professional Whitening
Professional teeth whitening completed by our team provides many benefits when compared to over-the-counter options. Bleaching is highly effective and provides better and longer lasting results than gels or whitening toothpaste. It is also less time consuming and can produce immediate results.
Professional whitening is safer than home bleaching kits because our team is careful to avoid applying our bleaching agent to your gums and soft tissue. They also provide an adequate amount of bleaching agent to prevent damaging your enamel and closely monitor the application time. Our team also uses a buffer to protect your enamel from being damaged by the whitening agent.
Professional whitening will only take thirty to sixty minutes per session. You will experience improvements after the first session but may need follow-up sessions for more drastic whitening. This process will last for one year, according to Healthline. If you practice optimal oral hygiene habits, the whitening effects can last even longer.
If you are ready to learn more about the many benefits of whitening, then it is time to come see our team at Rockton Dental. We can give you a smile that you can be proud of. You can schedule your appointment by calling our office at (815) 624-3269 today.