A simple teeth whitening procedure will not only improve the brightness of your smile, it can also boost your self-esteem. Depending on the teeth whitening method, we can achieve results in an hour or two.
What Causes Tooth Discoloration?
Generally, teeth change in color as we grow older. However, there are other factors that can accelerate this. These many include substances such as red wine, tobacco, tea, and coffee. Tooth discolorations may also be due to some medications, trauma, and dental procedures such as root canal.
Types of Teeth Whitening
This refers to a professionally supervised teeth whitening procedure performed in the dentist’s office. At Reese dental, we always perform an oral exam on our patients before the actual teeth whitening procedure. This is done to lower the chances of tooth discoloration by external factors.
The dentists will then apply the bleaching agent onto the surface of the teeth. Of course this is done after covering the gum and other sensitive surfaces. We use a retractor to pull the cheeks and lips away from the teeth and apply the hydrogen peroxide gel (the bleaching agent).
The bleaching agent will then be left to whiten the teeth for an hour or so. The results will be noticeable as soon as the substance is removed. After an in-office whitening, you will be able to see dramatic results immediately the substance is removed. In-office teeth whitening can brighten teeth between 3 and 8 shades in about an hour.
This is a take-home teeth whitening kit that can also whiten the teeth. While this method is effective, it is not as fast or as effective as the in-office whitening. Usually, we will take an impression of your teeth and use it to make flexible plastic trays (for both bottom and upper teeth) designed specifically for you.
You will then fill the trays with bleaching gel and strategically place them over your teeth for a specified amount of time. The teeth whitening may take some time to become noticeable; usually a few weeks
If you would like treatment or more information on teeth whitening, call us today at 817-500-5288. Feel free to ask any questions; we are always happy to be of help.