5 Things to Know About Professional Teeth Whitening
Summer has slipped away before our very eyes! As autumn begins, kids (and many adults) are transitioning back to school schedules, holidays are around the corner, and here at Dr. Mazzella’s Cosmetic and Family Dentistry we are frequently asked about teeth whitening treatments. Many of our patients are thinking ahead for their school and holiday family portraits. Especially as the season and fall foliage begin to dazzle us, it’s no surprise you would want your smile to dazzle as well!
Thankfully there are options when it comes to teeth whitening that accommodate time, budget, convenience, and comfort needs. In a future post we’ll go into the difference between at-home and in-office whitening treatments (both very popular) but in the meantime we would like to go into a little bit more information about our office whitening treatment. If this is something you are considering, here are five things to know before you have your teeth whitened:
- You will see dramatic results - In-office whitening is the quickest method to get the most noticeable difference in shade, over any at-home method. Our Philips Zoom whitening treatment usually results in teeth on average 6 shades lighter. There are many factors that can effect these results, including areas of recession, restored teeth (crowns and bondings/fillings), thin enamel, and others, and we can discuss options with you if they are applicable.
- It’s best to prepare your teeth - It is very important that your teeth have had a professional cleaning in the six months prior to your in-office whitening. Not only is it best to have your teeth in healthy condition, but there could be stains or built up plaque that could make the whitening less effective if not taken care of by our hygienists.
- Sensitivity varies from person to person - While teeth whitening is a painless cosmetic procedure, some people may experience some sensitivity in their teeth occasionally during treatment or in the 24 hours after. This sensitivity is usually related to existing tooth areas with thinner enamel. The best way to prevent sensitivity is by using a prescription grade fluoride toothpaste we will give to you to use for two weeks before your scheduled whitening treatment.
- There are a few key things to avoid immediately after - Our whitening treatment uses hydrogen peroxide which bubbles stains out of the pores of your teeth. Your saliva will naturally seal those pores in the 48 hours after the appointment. During that time, those pores are wide open to staining foods and products — pretty much anything that would stain a white t-shirt. Once the 48 hours is up your diet can resume to normal. However, it’s good to keep in mind that stains will still occur as normal over time, so having red wine, coffee, and tobacco products will still make a difference in the longevity of your whitening. More often than not, however, the whitening can last for years.
- It’s easy - There are benefits to both in-office whitening and take-home treatments; the question is how much effort you want to put into it. Most home whitening kits involve wearing strips or trays and for 15 minutes to an hour, for days or weeks at a time. The benefit of office whitening is how little effort is involved for you. We recommend our patients bring some headphones and their favorite music or podcast player to listen while they relax for about an hour or so during treatment. Our staff takes care of isolating sensitive gum tissue and applying the whitening gel -- it is hassle-free for you.
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-- Dr. Walter M. Mazzella
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