For many, a sign of a healthy smile is white teeth. Unfortunately, as diligently as we may take care of our teeth, they can still get yellow or stained over time. Diet, such as consuming teeth-staining foods and drinks, personal habits like smoking, or simply the natural aging process can be the cause of yellow teeth. Over-the-counter methods such as toothpastes, mouth rinses, and whitening strips are available that promise a whiter smile, but the best results come only from a dentist office. Your dentist at Shelly’s Smile can help you achieve a whiter, more attractive smile in Dallas.
Teeth whitening products use a chemical called hydrogen peroxide. Store-bought whitening methods use a lower concentration of this substance to remove only surface stains. Professional whitening treatments, on the other hand, utilize a higher concentration of hydrogen peroxide, enabling them to break up stains below the enamel, making them less visible and producing a more dramatic effect.
A teeth whitening procedure usually takes less than one hour at Shelly’s Smile. First, a protective gel will be applied to your gums to prevent irritation that could be caused by the whitening gel. The whitening solution will then be applied to the teeth surfaces. The results will be immediate, and you will be able to see a smile that is several shades whiter by the time you leave your dentist office. An at-home whitening kit will be provided after the treatment to allow you to maintain your smile after your appointment.
If you are planning on getting your teeth whitened for a specific event, such as a wedding, it is recommended that you have the whitening procedure done at least one month before the date of the event. If you know that you will need dental work in the future, the whitening procedure should be done first.
For a whiter smile in Dallas, contact your dentist at Shelly’s Smile, who can assist with providing a professional in-office treatment or recommending an at-home treatment.
There may be mild sensitivity in some patients teeth after the whitening process, but this is temporary. There is no pain involved in bleaching teeth if it is done properly, and the process is easy. If you experience persistent sensitivity, let your dentist know, and they will need to rule out potential dental issues.