As you age, the color of your teeth naturally become darker, and this can be affected even further by staining from food, tobacco, caffeinated beverages and more. The result can be discolored teeth that make you feel embarrassed to give a full smile, but the good news is that natural teeth color can be restored quite easily at your dentist’s office. It usually only takes one session to see noticeable results and teeth that are up to eight times whiter than before the procedure.
The Teeth Whitening Procedure
The solution that is used to brighten your teeth is made of a combination of peroxide and bleach. When done in a dentist’s office, the concentration of these two ingredients is higher and can therefore achieve noticeable results in a shorter period of time. The first thing that happens during an in-office teeth whitening procedure is that your dentist will take an impression of your teeth to create a set of molds.
After the molds have been returned from the dental lab, you will make another appointment where your dentist will fill the plastic mold impressions of your teeth with the bleaching solution. Your dentist will instruct you on the amount of time you should wear it and how to properly care for it in the meantime. Depending on the degree of staining on your teeth, you may need to schedule additional appointments before the procedure is considered to be completed.
Caring for Your Teeth Between Appointments
While you are undergoing dental care for the purpose of whitening your teeth, there are several things you can do to aid in the overall process. First, avoid foods dark-colored beverages that are known to stain teeth, such as coffee and wine. You should also brush and floss your teeth daily just as you would normally do. Finally, you may want to look for a toothpaste with extra whitening agents in it to complement the process you are undergoing with your dentist.