A number of over-the-counter products that promise to improve the shade of your teeth are available, but professional whitening has been found to be the most effective way to drastically improve the shade of your teeth in a single session. Since it is performed under the supervision of a dental expert, the procedure is also safer.
Our office offers whitening treatments from Opalescence and our in-house whitening brand. We examine your teeth and make sure that the stains on your teeth are just surface discolorations and not a symptom of some other dental problem. Once we decide that teeth whitening is the treatment of choice for you, we may do a dental cleaning on your teeth. Then, we place a rubber shield over your gums to protect them. The whitening treatment is then applied to the teeth and is left on to react with the stains. The active ingredient in the whitening gel works on your teeth to break down the stains. The gel is then removed, and your new smile is ready.
You can prolong the effects of your whitening treatment by avoiding things that may have caused your stains in the first place. These include the avoidance of smoking, stain-causing foods such as coffee, tea and wine and maintaining good oral hygiene with regular brushing and flossing.