If you start to cover your mouth when you smile to hide stained teeth, you know it is time to look into teeth whitening. There are several ways to get your shining smile back, but the most effective and longest lasting is to have it done professionally by a dentist. Home remedies are good for maintaining your white teeth, but they may not be your best option for getting them sparkling again.
Professional teeth whitening that is done in a dentist’s office is the most popular cosmetic dental treatment in the world. Unlike low-dose home products, professional teeth whitening is done by our trained technician under carefully monitored conditions that are customized for your teeth.
There are several advantages for in-office whitening:
• The results are fast. Home products are very gradual and may not result in the level of whiteness you expect.
• The procedure is safe. When a professional whitens your teeth, you can be confident that any necessary precautions are taken.
• Sensitive gums and teeth are protected. There are modern gels and desensitizers to make sure your gums and teeth are protected from the bleaching agent.
• Certain stains are best removed with in-office whitening, such as darkening from aging, stains from certain foods and from tobacco use.
There are some stains that are resistant to any type of whitening. These include inorganic stains that bind with the crystalline structure of the tooth’s enamel and dentin, such as discoloration from trauma and certain medications. For this type of stain, we may recommend a veneer or crown to return the tooth to its normal color.
Professional teeth whitening may take several treatments for your teeth to reach the desired and healthy whiteness. Coffee, tea, tobacco, red wine, sodas and dark-colored fruits and veggies will stain your teeth. As such, these foods should be completely avoided for at least 48 hours after the whitening procedure.
We also offer take-home whitening products that will help maintain the whiteness of your teeth, or you may prefer professional treatments once or twice a year. During a consultation with our specialist at the dental practice of Dr. Samuel F. Jirik, DDS in Cabot, you can learn about a customized program to get your teeth white again and keep them that way. We are happy to serve the Little Rock and surrounding areas.
Contact our office today to schedule your appointment to learn more about how our professional teeth whitening services can benefit you.