Teeth can become discoloured and stained over time, even if you brush and floss twice a day. Certain foods and beverages will stain your teeth, which have pores that act like sponges, and proper oral hygiene may not provide you with the protection you need. Wine, tea, coffee and berries are a few examples of foods that can stain teeth, and unless you actively remove them, they will not disappear on their own.
The good news is that teeth whitening services are available, and your dentist can lighten or eliminate stains so that you have whiter teeth. Professional teeth whitening will make a very big difference, and your dentist will first focus on improving your overall oral health. They will fix any oral issues that are present before applying a teeth whitening treatment because exposed roots, misaligned teeth, cavities and gum problems can cause further issues. Additionally, a dentist will also complete a thorough cleaning before a teeth whitening treatment because this will allow them to maximize benefits and achieve greater results. During this cleaning, accumulated tartar and plaque will be removed, as will food particles that are lodged in your teeth. A thorough cleaning is necessary because it will help prevent uneven colouring, and your dentist will be able to spot-treat heavily stained areas so that the whitening process lasts longer.
Most routine cleaning appointments can be completed in an hour or less, although some appointments may last longer if a deeper cleaning treatment is required. Patients who have excessive tartar or plaque buildup will require deep cleaning, and this is something your dentist will discuss.
While at-home whitening kits are available, professional teeth whitening is more effective, and you are far more likely to see results. A dentist can help you achieve a brighter smile in very little time, and based on the treatment, you may have to visit your dentist for multiple sessions. A high concentration of peroxide will be applied to your teeth, and a special light will also be used to accelerate the process. Other treatment options are available as well, and some will involve a custom-fit tray that your dentist will make from impressions of your teeth. These trays contain hydrogen peroxide solution, and while they will surround all the surfaces of your teeth, they will keep your gums safe.
If professional teeth whitening is something you are considering, the experts at Anabella Dental can help. We will gladly provide you with more information and will answer any questions you may have. We will address your concerns and will go over the treatment in more detail to ensure you have a good understanding of the process. We want you to feel comfortable and if you think you are ready for a brighter smile, contact us today!