Having shiny, white teeth is a desired trait of many people all over the country. There are many methods of achieving whiter teeth, from professional cleanings, which we offer, to the home whitening kits that you can buy in the pharmacy.
While all of these can be effective to varying levels, many patients wonder what value a professional dental whitening can offer and how long it will actually last.
What Happens During a Dental Whitening?When it comes to the kind of professional dental whitening that we provide, the initial results can be dramatic. This is because we use methods such as trays and power bleaching. Of course, we first need to examine your teeth to ensure that you are eligible for the treatment.
There may be some cases where it would not be a good idea. We then place a gel or rubber shield on your gums to provide protection during the procedure. Custom trays are also fitted into the mouth to serve as a guard. The main ingredient that is used is then hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide.
The procedure itself usually takes a while. You will need several visits as we will have to measure your mouth and create a guard. After we have started the treatment, you will also need to continue some of it at home.
How Long Do the Effects Last?
This depends on a number of factors such as tooth dehydration, the way you look after your teeth and the original cause of discoloration. In general, you can expect a professional dental whitening to last one to three years.
Many patients will find that the effects can last for well over a decade. If you would like answers to further questions, come see us!
If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at (315) 766-2770 today.