Teeth Whitening

What is Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening can be a quick and easy way to brighten up your smile. It is a simple process to lighten the shade of your teeth by applying a bleach solution to the front of your teeth.

 

Reasons for Teeth Whitening

  • You want to lighten the shade of your teeth

  • Teeth are yellowed or discolored from smoking, aging, staining drinks, or another reason

  • You are getting other dental work such as dental crowns, an implant, partial denture, bridge, a few veneers, done in lighter shade than your natural teeth, and want to whiten your natural teeth to match

Process

At Advanced Dental Solutions, we make a customized tooth whitening tray for you to use at home to whiten your teeth over the course of a few days or longer. We prefer this method because it often has better results than one time in-office teeth whitening.  The customized tray will be made to fit properly so that the bleaching solution can evenly and actively whiten the surface of your teeth. You will receive instructions on how to place the bleaching solution in the tray, the duration of time, and number of days for your particular situation.

Benefits of Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is a simple and relatively inexpensive way to improve the appearance of your smile.

Teeth Whitening Considerations

Teeth whitening does not work on fillings, crowns, veneers, or other prostheses.  Teeth whitening may not work well on all type of teeth discoloration, including some kinds that are caused by tooth damage or side effects of medications. In that case, veneers or another dental procedure could be a better solution. Some people experience tooth sensitivity with tooth whitening, but it is usually temporary and managed with a more gradual approach.

Aftercare

Teeth whitening is not permanent, but the results can last longer if you follow some aftercare tips. Make sure to regularly brush your teeth and keep up with best practices for oral hygiene. You can also rinse your mouth after meals to help keep foods and drinks from staining your teeth. It may be a good idea to cut back on drinking staining drinks such as coffee, tea, and wine.  If you are a smoker, you may consider quitting or cutting back so that smoking doesn’t reverse the effects of teeth whitening. If you don’t want to quit some of these habits altogether, you may want to try to consume them in moderation.

Next Step

If you are interested in teeth whitening, Advanced Dental Solutions can help you; contact us today at 517-367-1200 to schedule an appointment.

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