Chances are, your teeth have experienced some staining throughout your life. They probably aren’t as white as they used to be, and that’s okay. The enamel on the surfaces of your teeth is porous. That means that tiny pigment molecules can become trapped in the surface, creating discoloration over time. You don’t have to live with this discoloration forever though, you can restore the color of your teeth with professional teeth whitening treatment. Professional teeth whitening through your dentist provides you with access to strong bleaching agents that can make your teeth shine again.
Teeth Whitening Uses Powerful Bleaching Agents
You may have seen, or even used, over-the-counter teeth whitening products. Toothpastes and whitening strips can have a positive whitening effect for some patients, but the bleaching agents used in these products aren’t as strong as those used in professional teeth whitening products. The products your dentist has typically deliver results beyond what those over-the-counter products are capable of. By applying bleaching agent for a couple of hours each day, you can restore the beautiful white shine to your teeth.
You Can Choose from In-Office or At-Home Whitening
Teeth whitening procedures all revolve around the same concept: The application of a bleaching agent removes pigment from the enamel of your teeth. At home whitening utilizes a bleaching agent kit that you’ll self-apply to custom-made whitening trays. This treatment can produce results in just a couple of weeks. If you need more dramatic results quicker, in-office whitening might be the better option. Typically, within just over an hour, your dentist can complete an in-office whitening session using bleaching agent and a special light.
How Do You Prolong the Whitening Effects?
Teeth whitening can dramatically brighten the appearance of your teeth, but it doesn’t necessarily guard against future staining. As long as you’re eating and drinking things, your teeth are going to pick up some pigment, but there are steps you can take to prolong the whitening effect. To reduce pigment absorption, you can start brushing your teeth after meals, or after you consume a drink like soda or coffee. If brushing that often isn’t feasible, then even swishing water around the surfaces of your teeth after consumption can help.
Choose Teeth Whitening Treatment at Potach and Mitchell
When teeth whitening works, it can create a dramatic improvement in the appearance of your smile. Choosing professional whitening treatment increases the power of the bleaching that you’ll experience. At Potach and Mitchell, we will examine your teeth, discuss your cosmetic goals with you, and then determine whether or not teeth whitening treatment is right for your smile. To schedule a teeth whitening consultation, contact Potach and Mitchell in Austin, MN by calling 507-437-6312.