Teeth whitening is a popular cosmetic dental procedure. It can improve the appearance of your smile by lightening the color of the teeth and removing stains. Teeth whitening is the process by which a person’s teeth become whiter and brighter, usually through the use of whitening agents that break stains into smaller pieces and clean them off to keep your teeth healthy. While many products exist to whiten your teeth, it’s important to remember that there is no “one size fits all” method for everyone. Our dentist can talk to you about the various ways you can achieve a whiter smile to help you determine which one is best for your lifestyle and budget.
Types of Teeth Whitening
In many cases, our dentist in Prosper may recommend in-office whitening treatment for patients with deep discolorations or stains on their teeth. These patients can also benefit from having their smile brightened by several shades in just about an hour of chair time.
During an in-office teeth whitening procedure, the patient’s teeth and gums will be cleaned before the peroxide-based bleaching gel is applied directly to the teeth. Once it has been set for a specific amount of time, the bleaching agent is washed away. The process can be repeated until the desired level of brightness is achieved.
Most professional at-home teeth whitening treatments include custom-made whitening trays and professional strength carbamide peroxide gel. These treatments are very convenient because they allow you to complete the treatment at home on your own schedule.
Our dentist will take impressions of your teeth and then send the impressions to a lab where the whitening trays are made. When the trays are ready, you’ll come back to the office to pick up your whitening supplies. Once you receive your customized whitening trays, you’ll be able to whiten your teeth in the comfort of your own home. You will apply the whitening gel to the trays and wear them for a set amount of time each day for about two weeks. You’ll see results after just one week of treatment!
Maintaining Teeth Whitening Results
When your teeth are back to their natural shade after whitening, they’ll stay like that with proper care and an occasional touch-up. However, if your lifestyle habits include smoking, drinking red wine, drinking coffee or soda, or using tobacco products, your teeth may gradually stain over time. It’s important to follow a good oral care routine, including brushing twice a day for two minutes at a time, flossing at least once a day, and avoiding foods and drinks that are known to stain teeth. Additionally, we recommend having your teeth professionally cleaned every six months.
To learn more about our teeth whitening in Prosper, TX, or to schedule a consultation with us, call Ross Dental Studio at (214) 225-2358 or visit us at 2111 E. University Dr. Ste. 20, Prosper, TX 75078. We’re always happy to answer your questions.