How Does Teeth Whitening Work?
Who Should Have Their Teeth Whitened?
The most common use for tooth whitening is to lighten teeth that have become discolored from aging, dietary habits, or tetracycline antibiotics taken during childhood. Teeth may also become stained by smoking or excessive consumption of coffee, tea, cola, and other beverages that contain acids.
Whitening your teeth can be effective at any age, but its success depends on how old your enamel is and how much damage it has sustained from smoking or too much fluoride exposure early in life.
How Long Does It Take?
Results from tooth whitening vary from person to person based on how stained their teeth were before treatment, how bright they want their smile to be, how often they brush their teeth, and how well they take care of them afterward. Teeth whitening is not a one-time procedure; it’s a process that you can repeat as many times as needed.
Why Should You Have Your Teeth Whitened?
It can be hard to believe that a dental procedure could actually add years to your life. But the truth is that regular whitening can not only make you look younger, but it can also help prevent gum disease, tooth decay, and cavities – which can lead to heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Here are some of the best reasons why you should consider having your teeth whitened:
- It makes you more confident in public
- You’ll have fewer cavities
- Your breath will smell better
- Your mouth will feel cleaner
- You’ll improve your smile’s appearance
- You’ll be able to maintain a healthy gingival (gingivitis) state of health in the future
- You won’t need to worry about stains as much anymore
- You’ll save money on dental treatments in the long run since whitening can prevent tooth decay
What Are the Methods of Tooth Whitening?
Many different methods are available today to whiten your teeth, with in-office and laser whitening being two of the most popular. At our practice, we use a teeth whitening system approved by the FDA to deliver incredible results for natural teeth that have been stained by activities such as smoking or substances such as coffee, tea, or red wine. It also helps whitens teeth stained by fluoride, medications, or genetic discoloration.
Our system also utilizes a patented LED light for accelerated results. The light acts as a catalyst for the whitening gel we apply to your teeth. It is safer than other lights on the market because it does not emit harmful UV rays. The accelerator light speeds up the treatment and improves results. It is safe for your gums and skin and helps maintain your results with regular at-home use of our whitening pen.
What Should You Expect From Whitening?
Teeth whitening results vary from person to person and depend on a variety of factors, including the severity of discoloration and the condition of your teeth. It’s important to remember that teeth whitening isn’t permanent; it wears off over time as you consume foods that stain. However, most people see results that last between six months and two years before they need another treatment.
Can I Just Do It Myself at Home?
Teeth whitening with over-the-counter products can be partially effective, but the results are usually limited to mild, short-term changes. In-office teeth whitening is the best option if you want more dramatic results, especially since it offers more thorough teeth brightening. It is also much safer for your dental and oral health for you to leave the significant tooth whitening to the experts.
We know that some people don’t like going to the dentist, which is why it’s great news for everyone that professional whitening can be done at our medical spa.
Get a Sparkling Smile
Teeth whitening is a popular cosmetic dental treatment that remains one of the simplest, most convenient, and affordable methods for creating a whiter smile. You can have confidence that the treatment will be done safely and correctly so that you can enjoy optimum results. Get in touch with us at Nicole Norris MD Medical Spa in Peru, IL, where we want you to look and feel your best.