Who doesn’t want a beautiful, pearly white smile? Teeth whitening is one of the most requested procedures done by a South Riding dentist each year. If you’re looking to beautify your smile, there are many options available. Your first step is to consult with a qualified dentist like ours at Nik Family and Cosmetic Dentistry.
Because there are different ways you can whiten your teeth and each person’s situation is different, it’s best to see a professional South Riding dentist to discuss what teeth whitening option would be best for you. The term “teeth whitening” refers to any process that makes teeth appear whiter. There are two ways to achieve this; with bleaching and non-bleaching products. Often, bleaching and whitening are used interchangeably, however, according to the FDA, the term bleach can only be used when the product contains bleach. The product is just considered “whitening” when it removes debris and food from the teeth without the use of bleach. Bleaching products, which contain hydrogen peroxide and remove both surface and deep stains off of the teeth making them whiter; can even cause them to become lighter than the natural shade. The bleaching products you get from your dentist are much stronger than those you can buy over-the-counter. Professional teeth whitening can be done at your dentist office in about one hour. The procedure involves the application of a teeth whitening gel containing 25-40 percent hydrogen peroxide. Once the gel is applied, the dentist aims a special heating lamp at your teeth for three, twenty-minute intervals. Sometimes dentists use a laser to accelerate the results. There is also an option to use a at-home bleaching kit your dentist could provide you. It’s also effective but will take much more time to achieve results. It can take weeks to complete so if you want results quickly, this may not be the best choice. If you’re sensitive to chemicals, your dentist may recommend porcelain veneers as an alternative to bleaching.
Why wait for your beautiful new smile? Call our office to schedule your teeth-whitening consultation with our South Riding dentist today.