Teeth Whitening – The Process
Before the teeth whitening process begins, your dentist will ask you about your medical history and learn how your teeth became discoloured. Different types of stains will respond differently to the treatments.
- Your dentist will ensure your teeth and mouth is in the right condition for teeth whitening (i.e. there are no cavities or roots)
- A dental hygienist will clean your teeth and prepare them for the teeth whitening procedure.
- If you are having non-vital teeth whitening, it will not improve teeth that have had root-canal treatment, if you have had root canals, the dentist will choose a procedure that whitens the tooth from the inside.
- Vital teeth whitening procedures usually use a gel-like whitening solution in a tray that resembles a mouth guard. This is placed over the teeth for the necessary period of time.
- Some whitening agents are triggered by lights or heat and lasers are also used by some cosmetic dentists for a high speed alternative to the regular teeth whitening procedures.
Teeth whitening – Maintain a Bright Smile
Once you have completed the teeth whitening, your dentist may see you for a follow-up appointment. If you are a heavy black coffee drinker, red wine fan or a smoker, you will have to return to the dentist chair for further teeth whitening to maintain the teeth’s brightness.
Teeth whitening is a safe cosmetic procedure that can transform your teeth and smile. If you want to make an impact for your wedding, job interview or generally feel more confident about your smile, it’s an efficient, convenient and cost-effective option.