Professional teeth whitening can quickly and effectively lighten your teeth to a brilliant sheen. For many, a brighter smile means improved self-confidence and greater enthusiasm for living life to its fullest.
Why do teeth change color?
There are several causes of tooth discoloration, including food and drinks like coffee, tea, wine and tobacco. Medications and disease can also cause discoloration, and your teeth naturally darken with age.
How does Teeth Whitening work?
Teeth whitening is a simple process. Whitening products contain one of two tooth bleaches (hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide). These bleaches break stains into smaller pieces, which makes the color less concentrated and your teeth brighter.
Why get your teeth whitened in a dental office?
Dr. Patel will use a procedure called chairside bleaching and usually requires only one office visit. The dentist will apply either a protective gel to your gums or a rubber shield to protect your gums. Bleach is then applied to the teeth. A special light or laser might be used to enhance the action of the whitening agent. Your teeth can literally brighten up to 10 shades in about an hour.
Dr. Patel is also well qualified to handle any issues that may arise from whitening treatments, such as tooth sensitivity.
Finally, professional teeth whitening can last for one or more years, depending on how well you take care of your teeth, and if you’re following up regularly with a home whitening product for regular maintenance.