Do you want whiter teeth but don't want to devote weeks to brightening your smile? Just one in-office whitening treatment can provide a dramatic transformation. Our Eau Claire, WI dentist, Dr. Christopher Poss, explains how whitening can help you enhance your smile.
How does whitening get rid of stains?
Your porous tooth enamel easily absorbs dark pigments in tobacco and foods and drinks. Over time, your daily cigarette, coffee, tea or cola habit can dull your smile. Because stains are located out of reach of your toothbrush bristles, they won't go away simply by brushing.
Teeth whitening treatment uses hydrogen peroxide, a whitening agent that gets rid of stains by breaking down the trapped pigments. Hydrogen peroxide is found in most teeth whitening products, whether they're used at home or in the dental office. Because dentists have access to stronger formulations of hydrogen peroxide, in-office whitening usually offers more impressive results.
Is whitening a good option for me?
Whitening is an excellent choice if your teeth are in good condition. Before we whiten your teeth in our Eau Claire office, we'll perform an examination to ensure that you don't have any cavities or other dental issues. If you do, these problems must be treated before your teeth can be whitened.
A professional cleaning is also a must before your whitening session. Because hydrogen peroxide has no effect on plaque and tartar, your teeth will take on an unattractive spotted appearance if you whiten without removing these substances.
How long does whitening take?
Two types of professional whitening are available. In-office whitening takes about an hour and offers an improvement of three to eight shades. At-home kits that contain whitening gel and trays molded to fit your teeth are another option. The trays must be used a few times a week for several weeks.
How long will my teeth stay white?
Your smile can remain whiter for at least two to three years after your whitening treatment. If you avoid smoking and darkly pigmented foods and beverages, it may stay whiter for even longer.
Remove the stains that dull your smile with teeth whitening treatment. Call our Eau Claire, WI dentist, Dr. Poss, at (715) 833-2223 to schedule your appointment.