Over the years, your teeth tend to become dull and faded, which can make you look a little older. Tooth whitening offers the perfect way to brighten your smile and turn back the clock. Suwanee, GA dentists Drs. Uday Parikh and Shetal Parikh explain how teeth whitening can benefit you.
Excellent results in a short time
Over-the-counter whitening products take days, weeks, or months to lighten your teeth. When they do work, the results often aren't very dramatic. But when you choose professional teeth whitening, your teeth will be three to eight shades lighter after a short, one-hour session. Best of all, the effects of whitening will last an average of six months to two years.
A simple process
Before your teeth are whitened, they must be cleaned thoroughly. Whiteners can't penetrate tartar--hard deposits that form on your teeth and can lead to cavities. If this step is skipped, your teeth won't be evenly white after treatment. Before the treatment begins, your Suwanee dentist will place a barrier over your roots and gums to protect them from the potentially irritating effects of the whitening agent. Once your gums are protected, a hydrogen peroxide-based gel is applied to your teeth and the process begins.
An at-home option
If you prefer to whiten or touch up your teeth at home, your Suwanee dentist can provide you with a take home teeth whitening kit. Custom trays are made from molds of both your top and bottom teeth. You'll put the provided gel in the trays and wear them for the recommended time. The at-home option takes a little longer than in-office whitening, and you may need to wear the trays for a few weeks for maximum results.
Maintaining your results
The foods that stained your teeth before will stain them again after whitening. Avoid or limit brightly colored foods or drinks, such as coffee, tea, red wine, cola, berries and popsicles. If you smoke, now is a good time to quit, as smoking can discolor your teeth.
Interested in revitalizing your smile? Call Drs. Uday Parikh and Shetal Parikh, your Suwanee, GA dentists, at (770) 614-3232 to learn how teeth whitening can help you. A brighter smile awaits you!