One of the most common cosmetic dental procedures we perform is teeth whitening. In-office or take-home whitening treatments can make your teeth brighter. These treatments can also remove stains from caffeine, red wine, tobacco, and foods.
Some patients may experience sensitivity after whitening treatments. You can prevent this by using a desensitizing toothpaste at home before the professional whitening appointment. You should discuss options with our dentist at Western Iowa Dental before the procedure if you have sensitive teeth. You may also need to avoid certain ingredients in your oral care products for a while after the in-office treatment.
Maintaining good oral hygiene after whitening your teeth is also essential. You should thoroughly clean your mouth each morning and night by brushing and flossing. This helps to prevent staining in the future.
How Does Professional Teeth Whitening Work?
Professional whitening provides the fastest results and is typically recommended for patients with deeply discolored teeth or teeth stains caused by long-term exposure to coffee, wine, soda, cigarettes, and other staining agents.
During an in-office whitening procedure, the dentist first places a rubber shield to protect the gums before applying the bleaching solution. Next, the whitening solution is evenly distributed on the teeth. The dentist may also use a special light to help speed up the whitening process. The treatment can be completed in one visit or over a few appointments depending on the patient’s needs.
Patients who prefer to whiten their teeth at home can use professional take-home kits that contain customized trays and whitening gel. Patients will wear the gel-filled trays for a certain time each day for a set period. It is essential that only a small amount of the gel is used, as too much may cause tooth sensitivity.
The Advantages of Professional Whitening Treatments
Professional whitening is the most effective method to reduce discoloration and stains on the teeth. It whitens teeth by multiple shades in a short amount of time, all under the supervision of a dentist.
We will be able to monitor the process closely to ensure you are not experiencing any sensitivity or discomfort that over-the-counter products may cause. We can also prescribe you a desensitizing gel or fluoride rinse to help with any sensitivity. We will ensure that the solution is activated on your teeth at the correct time to maximize results.
Contact Western Iowa Dental at 1509 Ave G, Council Bluffs, IA 51501, or call (712) 325-1544 if you are interested in learning more about the benefits of professional teeth whitening or would like to schedule an appointment.