If you are concerned with discoloration of your teeth, then you may benefit from professional teeth whitening. It is a safe, effective, and quick way to remove minor to moderate stains on teeth and make teeth whiter. Understanding what to expect and how long the results last can help you determine whether treatment is appropriate.
A review of professional teeth whitening
The length of professional teeth whitening depends on the dentist you choose, how many shades the patients want to lighten their smile, and other factors. In general, it typically takes anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes. The following is a review of professional teeth whitening and how long the process takes.
What are professional teeth whitening treatments?
Professional teeth whitening is a common dental procedure that seeks to improve the color of teeth by removing stains, and it includes the use of a whitening agent. It is most often done in-office, although professional take-home kits may be available.
The white color of teeth that many find attractive may fade over time and begin to have more of a yellowish shade. This can happen naturally or be the result of improper oral hygiene or a diet that leads to tooth stains. It is primarily for patients with relatively healthy teeth and mild to moderate stains, whereas more extensive treatment is likely necessary for severe stains and other oral health concerns.
What steps are involved in professional teeth whitening?
A professional teeth whitening session begins with an oral examination to ensure the patient is an ideal candidate (see below). The teeth are then isolated from the gums to ensure the gums are not affected in any way. A bleaching agent is applied to the surface of the teeth, which removes stains and gives the teeth a whiter shade. The dentist will leave the bleaching agent on for 20 to 30 minutes on average before rinsing, cleaning, and polishing the teeth.
Who makes an ideal candidate for professional teeth whitening?
The ideal candidate for professional teeth whitening is anyone who is not happy with how their teeth look due to discoloration, especially those who have teeth that are free from cavities. Most dentists recommend professional teeth whitening once per year.
How can I keep my smile white after a treatment?
To ensure long-term results following teeth whitening, patients should practice good oral hygiene by brushing consistently. Commonly consumed beverages such as coffee and tea may also increase the risk of early stains, so avoiding or limiting them can help keep teeth white, along with drinking water throughout the day to wash away food particles.
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