If you are unhappy with the color of your teeth you may feel like you have few options available to remedy the situation, and you aren’t alone. A recent study showed that 80% of adults think that their teeth are not white enough to feel attractive. Even products that gradually whiten the teeth such as whitening toothpaste and mouth rinses rarely achieve the desired results. The dental professionals at Galloway Dental are here to help. We offer a full range of cosmetic dental services including professional teeth whitening.
What is a Professional Teeth Whitening Procedure?
You may have seen home teeth bleaching kits or devices on television commercials, but an in-office visit for whitening is a much different procedure. For reasons of safety, home teeth bleaching kits need to use low doses for the bleaching agents because of the potential for misuse and injury.
However, in the highly monitored professional environment of the dentist’s office, one uses higher concentration gels. They are safe when used under controlled conditions and with the proper equipment. These gels also provide nearly instant results. The results from a professional visit using a 35% peroxide solution can make your teeth up to 14 shades whiter if you have significantly stained teeth.
What To Expect During Your Whitening Appointment
Your appointment for your whitening will begin with a consultation and examination to determine if you are a good candidate for the treatment. Dental crowns and dental implants will not feel affected by the bleaching procedure and may result in different colored teeth.
If you proceed, the appointment takes place in a dentist’s chair like in many appointments you may have had before. A guard will go in your mouth to move your lips away from the teeth. This will allow the dental professional to cover your gums with a protective gel. This gel will become hard from a high-powered light, and the use of an additional solution may protect sensitive teeth.
The whitening procedure uses another gel that includes the hydrogen peroxide solution and may also quicken from the use of an ultraviolet light system. This process may occur more than once for significantly stained or yellowed teeth. The procedure will usually take about 40 minutes.
Advantages of Professional Teeth Whitening
There are a number of reasons why the ADA recommends that whitening is performed solely by a trained dental professional. Some of these reasons for professional teeth whitening in Mesquite, TX include:
- Professional procedures fully protect the gums from bleach
- Dentists will be able to evaluate you and determine if you will achieve the desired results
- If you have inflamed gums or undiagnosed tooth decay, whitening procedures can be harmful
- Professional mouth trays are customized to your mouth for even coverage
- A carefully controlled and monitored treatment interval will achieve desired results safely
Although there are inexpensive take-home alternatives, we hope that you see that an appointment for professional teeth whitening in the Mesquite, TX office of Galloway Dental is a better way to get the smile that you desire. Give us a call at 469.273.1376 and schedule an appointment today!