Your smile is the first thing that people notice when they meet you. In fact, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry says that 50% of adults claim that a smile often determines if a person will make a lasting impression on them.
Although there are numerous whitening toothpastes and over the counter products available, having your teeth whitened by an experienced cosmetic dentist is the safest, quickest, and most effective way to remove stains from your teeth. If you are concerned that the appearance of your teeth might be affecting your self-image, then teeth whitening might be right for you.
Dental stains come in two forms: internal and external. The most common are external stains, which come from the foods and beverages we eat and drink. Smoking tobacco products can also cause external stains on your teeth, as well as aging.
Internal stains tend to be caused from excessive fluoride use, certain medications, or damage to the tooth. Internal stains don’t respond as well to whitening as external stains.
How Does Teeth Whitening Work?
First, your dentist will examine your teeth and take a few x-rays. When you get your teeth whitened, the procedure will not alter the shade of any tooth-colored fillings, crowns, veneers or cosmetic bonding. Your dentist will take specific measures to ensure that the roots of your teeth and gums are protected.
The procedure is fairly simple. The dentist uses a hydrogen peroxide gel that is applied to your teeth. The gel will penetrate the enamel and inner dentin of your tooth to remove the stains in your teeth. The dentist will also put a retractor in your mouth to prevent the whitening gel from getting on your lips and cheeks.
After you have had your teeth whitened, it is normal to feel some sensitivity in your teeth and gums. The pain usually goes away quickly. Teeth whitening can last for several months to a year, depending on how often you brush and floss.Are you thinking about getting your teeth whitened? Contact Dr. Hasheem today to schedule your consultation with our friendly dental professionals.