Everyone wants a perfectly white, straight smile. An innovation in cosmetic dentistry, teeth whitening is a great way for you to achieve the beautiful smile you desire. If you want to learn more, contact Rasmi Akel, DDS from Big Smile Dentistry in Greenacres and Lake Worth, Florida.
Your teeth are an important part of your appearance. When your teeth are discolored, it can be difficult to gain confidence in your smile. Unfortunately, many things can cause discoloration in your teeth, including:
Unless patients religiously avoid these things (although you can’t avoid aging), their teeth become yellow or brown. In-office teeth whitening is a way to use a potent whitening agent in a monitored, safe environment, making your teeth several shades lighter.
A hygienist starts by cleaning the teeth to clear away plaque or other debris that can get in the way of the whitening solution. The active ingredient in this solution is found in many teeth whitening products in varying concentrations.
Because Dr. Akel can monitor the procedure, he can use a higher concentration of this chemical, providing you with faster and more efficient results.
After he applies the solution to your teeth, he may use a laser during your in-office appointment to help speed up the process. The light works by activating the chemical in the bleaching agent. The entire process usually takes between 30 minutes to an hour.
After the procedure, Dr. Akel may give you an at-home mouthpiece and gel, which has a lower concentration of the active ingredient. He tells you how often and for how long you should wear the mouthpiece to achieve the results you want.
Almost anyone can use teeth whitening to improve their smile. However, there are some cases when it is less effective or may not be the best option. For example, if your teeth are gray, it’s unlikely that bleaching is going to work. Teeth whitening works best on yellow or brown teeth.
If you have bonding or other fillings in your teeth, the bleach will not whiten them. If these teeth are front and center, bleaching is usually not a good idea because they tend to stand out. After treatment, you may experience some sensitivity, but this will go away over time.
If you want to improve your smile and your confidence, contact Dr. Akel today to find out if a teeth whitening procedure is the right option for you.