If you aren't satisfied with the look of your smile, teeth whitening is the fastest and easiest way to improve it. A simple half-hour visit to your dentist's office can make a noticeable difference in the brightness of your tooth enamel for a beautiful smile you'll be proud to display. Here's what you need to know about how this cosmetic dentistry procedure works and why you should schedule professional treatment with your dentist.
The Teeth Whitening Process
Teeth whitening relies on peroxide-based bleaching agents which are allowed to sit on your teeth. The peroxide opens the tiny tube structures in your dental enamel to draw stains out of them. This process is sometimes accelerated using heat or a special, directed UV light. Once your teeth have reached the target shade or the maximum time has passed, the peroxide will be rinsed away, leaving your teeth noticeably brighter.
Why Get Teeth Whitening from a Dentist
With all the over-the-counter options for teeth whitening, such as whitening strips, bleaching trays, and toothpaste, it might seem unnecessary to go to a dentist for this service. However, the bleaching agents at a dentist's office are much more powerful than the ones available commercially and will get the job done faster. Also, when you bleach at home, you run the risk of irritating your gums, while your dentist will take steps to protect them.
A professional is also the best person to deal with challenges such as uneven tooth coloration and existing dental work. Lastly, it’s possible to over-bleach your teeth, turning them gray, but a dentist will end the treatment before you reach this point.
If you'd like to improve your smile, schedule teeth whitening with the team at Kaimuki Dental Group in Honolulu, HI. Serving patients from across Oahu, they offer a friendly, caring environment where you can be comfortable while receiving treatment. They focus on building their patients' long-term oral health and offer a variety of dental treatments, including crowns, implants, bridges, and fillings. To schedule an appointment, send a message online or call (808) 737-7905.