Teeth whitening can remove most mild to moderate teeth stains that are known as extrinsic teeth stains. However, they may not be able to remove more severe stains that are known as intrinsic. This review discusses the types of stains that can and cannot be removed through teeth whitening treatment. The two main types of…
What to Expect During a Consultation for Teeth Whitening
Teeth whitening treatments are a non-invasive option that leaves teeth significantly whiter in as little as an hour. Patients can expect their teeth to be up to eight shades whiter after a round of treatment.
Teeth whitening treatments work wonders on stains caused by the things you eat, habits like smoking, and the aging process. Whitening treatments can be used to restore teeth to their original white color or to make them whiter than they have ever been.
Your teeth whitening consultation
Consulting with a dentist about your teeth whitening options typically starts with an examination of your mouth. A visual exam is conducted to detect signs of tooth decay and gum disease. X-rays and other diagnostic tools can be used to evaluate what is going on inside the patient’s teeth and underneath the gums.
Existing issues like damaged teeth increase the risk of complications developing after whitening treatments. Whitening already compromised teeth puts them at risk of being damaged by the treatments. It also increases the risk of the patient dealing with discomfort and pain after their treatment.
People with a healthy mouth rarely deal with any complications after whitening their teeth. The main side effect associated with teeth whitening is temporary increased teeth sensitivity that goes on for about two days.
Depending on what the dentist notices during the patient’s evaluation, a plan will be crafted to prepare the patient’s mouth for whitening. Issues like tooth decay are treated with procedures like fillings, composite bonding, or restorations like crowns.
If the patient’s teeth are covered with tartar, teeth cleaning might be performed to increase the effectiveness of the patient’s whitening treatments. Tartar is calcified plaque and brushing cannot get it off teeth surfaces. It is removed during teeth cleanings using a tool called a scaler.
Removing tartar from teeth surfaces improves the appearance of teeth since tartar makes them appear yellow. It also makes it easier for the whitening product to remove stains from teeth surfaces.
The dentist will likely also make an impression of the patient’s teeth during their appointment. The impression is forwarded to a lab where it is made. The process takes around two weeks for the customized mouth tray to get back to the dentist. It helps to keep the patient’s teeth evenly coated with the whitening product during their treatment and prevents it from making contact and irritating soft tissues like the gums.
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Anyone can have pearly white teeth
Whitening treatments are an effective way to get rid of most types of stains and there are other ways to go about eliminating the few types of stains that do not respond to bleaching agents like those caused by using tetracycline antibiotics. Call or visit our Santa Ana clinic to learn more about how we can whiten your teeth regardless of how stained or discolored they are.
Minor to moderate teeth stains can be removed with professional teeth whitening. However, to achieve ideal results, there are certain things to avoid after treatment, such as foods and drinks that can cause stains. The following overview discusses five things you should avoid to keep your smile bright after teeth whitening treatment.You can reduce the…
Teeth whitening treatment from a dentist is a great way to significantly improve the brightness of your smile. Professional whitening consists of applying a bleaching agent to the visible surface of teeth and using a dental laser to remove discoloration and make teeth appear whiter. It is safe and produces reliable results. Dentists typically recommend…