How Does Professional Teeth Whitening Work?

In the quest for a dazzling smile, more and more people are turning to professional teeth whitening. But what exactly does this process entail? At Sarasota Bay Dental, we believe that an informed patient is a happy patient. So, let's dive into the nuts and bolts of professional teeth whitening. Keep reading!

Understanding the Basics

Professional teeth whitening is a simple, non-invasive dental treatment used to change the color of natural tooth enamel, making it an ideal solution for individuals with stained or discolored teeth. The process involves the application of a high-concentration peroxide gel to the teeth, which is then activated by a special light or laser. This results in a significantly brighter smile.

  • The dentist will first examine your teeth and gums to ensure they are healthy enough for the procedure.
  • A cheek retractor is inserted to expose the entire surface of the teeth to be whitened.
  • A protective barrier is applied to the gums to protect them from the bleaching gel.
  • The bleaching gel is applied and left on the teeth for 15 to 30 minutes.

The Benefits of Professional Teeth Whitening

Professional teeth whitening offers numerous benefits over over-the-counter products. First and foremost, the procedure is performed by a trained professional, ensuring that it's done correctly and safely. Moreover, the results are immediate and long-lasting, with most patients noticing a difference after just one session.

  • Professional teeth whitening is more effective: The bleaching agents used by dentists are much stronger than those found in over-the-counter products.
  • It's safer: The procedure is monitored by a dental professional to ensure your gums and tooth enamel are not damaged.
  • Faster results: While over-the-counter products may take weeks to show results, professional teeth whitening can make your teeth several shades lighter in just one hour.

The Aftercare

To maintain the results of your teeth whitening treatment, it's important to avoid foods and drinks that stain teeth such as coffee, tea, red wine, and tobacco. Regular brushing and flossing, along with routine dental check-ups, can also help keep your smile bright and white.

  • Avoid staining foods and drinks: Certain foods and drinks can stain your teeth, so try to avoid them if possible.
  • Maintain good oral hygiene: Brush and floss regularly to remove plaque and prevent stains from forming.
  • Regular dental check-ups: Regular check-ups and cleanings can help maintain your results and keep your teeth healthy.

Are You a Good Candidate?

While professional teeth whitening is safe for most people, it's not suitable for everyone. For instance, individuals with sensitive teeth, gum disease, or worn enamel may not be good candidates for this treatment. Additionally, teeth whitening will not work on dental restorations such as crowns or veneers.

  • Not suitable for everyone: People with sensitive teeth, gum disease, or worn enamel may not be good candidates.
  • Does not work on restorations: Teeth whitening will not work on crowns, veneers, or fillings.

Ready for a Brighter Smile in Sarasota?

At Sarasota Bay Dental, Dr. Robert Miller and his team are committed to helping you achieve the smile of your dreams. If you're ready to take the first step towards a brighter, more confident smile, we invite you to reach out to us at (941) 200-3723 to schedule your teeth whitening consultation today.