Patients who choose a teeth whitening treatment reap many rewards. A whiter, brighter smile can boost your self-confidence, and of course, when you smile more, you’re likely to be happier, too.
Teeth whitening can have a dramatic effect on your smile, with some treatments improving the color of the teeth by as many as 10 shades. A gel with a bleaching agent, often a peroxide, is applied to the teeth to eliminate stains from the surface of the teeth.
However, the effects of teeth whitening are only temporary, unfortunately. To extend the results and keep your teeth looking their best, you will need to visit your cosmetic dentist for touch-up treatments every few months.
Most patients can expect to get at least six months of a brighter smile with teeth whitening. There are steps that patients can take to keep their teeth whiter for a longer period of time, too. Try to limit your consumption of foods and beverages that can stain the teeth, like red wine and coffee. Be conscientious about your oral hygiene routine, also, to put your best smile forward. Eventually, though, you will still need another treatment to keep your teeth white.
The type of teeth whitening treatment you choose may also affect the results. For example, a number of over-the-counter systems are available, but they generally do not have as noticeable results as a treatment that you get from a cosmetic dentist.
A dentist may either be able to complete the teeth whitening in a brief appointment at the dental office, or patients may opt to use prescription-strength gels in custom-designed trays that they wear at home as directed.
Patients may combine those teeth whitening treatments, too, by visiting the dentist’s office for the first treatment and then doing touch-ups at home whenever needed.
Teeth whitening is safe and effective, although as with any dental treatment, there is a risk of side effects. The most common of these is tooth sensitivity, which is typically temporary. Be sure to discuss any concerns with your dental team in advance of the treatment.
We encourage patients who want to enhance the appearance of their smiles to contact our office at 516-484-6600 to discuss teeth whitening. It’s a simple treatment that can have significant effects.