When you have stains on the surfaces of your teeth, you could feel uncomfortable with your appearance and even hide your smile from the world. But with cosmetic dentistry, our team can brighten smiles with more dramatic results than store bought options can offer. In today’s blog, your Virginia Beach, VA, dentist talks about teeth whitening.
In-Office Teeth Whitening
If you need results quickly, then our team could offer an in-office teeth whitening procedure. You will leave with a significantly brighter smile in as little as one to two hours. This is great if you want to brighten your smile before a first date or a job interview. The process is simple. We first place a protective coating on your lips and gums. We then apply the bleaching gel to the teeth. A special is then employed to activate the gel and begin breaking up discoloration. This whitens teeth by several shades.
Take-Home Treatment Options
We also have a take-home teeth whitening option, one that could brighten smiles by up to eight shades, but helps you avoid the tooth sensitivity commonly experienced with over-the-counter teeth whitening strips. We will first see you in the office so we can create a set of custom plastic trays. You then return home with these trays, and a bleaching gel in several plastic syringes. You fill the trays with gel, and wear the trays for a set amount of time each day. For some, this could be 30 to 45 minutes a day, while others may need to wear them overnight. The trays ensure even results on your teeth and prevent the gel from being diluted by saliva. The trays and any leftover gel are then yours to use for touch-ups as needed in the coming months.
Keeping Your Smiles Bright
Along with our professional teeth whitening options, you can take steps from home to help limit the severity of future discoloration. You should take time to brush twice a day for two minutes, and floss every evening. This limits plaque buildup to keep teeth right, until we see you for a checkup and cleaning every six months, so we can remove all plaque and polish your smile. Try to cut back on foods and drinks high in sugar and starch, and drinks with dark pigments, such as soda, tea, red wine, and coffee. Avoid tobacco products too! These habits also protect them from issues like tooth decay and gum disease.
If you have any questions, then give us a call today!
Talk to Your Virginia Beach, VA, Dentist About Cosmetic Dentistry
Our team wants to help you obtain a much brighter smile, possibly in only one visit! Call Absolute Dental Care in Virginia Beach, VA at 757-428-7440 to schedule an appointment for your family soon!