Everyone wants a brighter smile. If you’re noticing discoloration or a lack of brilliance that you want to see, bring it up at your next dental checkup. Your dentist can help you determine if your teeth and gums are healthy enough and good candidates for teeth whitening. You can also work together to determine which whitening process will give you even, natural looking results.
If your dentist determines that teeth whitening is a good option for you, in-office whitening will give you almost immediate results. In-office teeth whitening or bleaching usually consists of the dentist applying a layer of protective gel over the gums, where they meet the teeth. A bleaching substance is then applied to the teeth and a light may be directed to shine on the teeth to speed up the process. Depending on the severity of the discoloration, the process may need to be repeated over a series of weeks. Some dentists may prescribe follow up teeth whitening trays and gels. Crafted by your dentist in office, these treatments can be done at home over the span of three days to two weeks.
Depending on the health of your teeth and the reason for the discoloration, teeth whitening or bleaching may not be best option for everyone. If the discoloration or stains on your teeth will not respond well to whitening, your dentist will have other options that will work best for you.
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