Are you happy with the color of your teeth? If so, you aren’t alone, with studies showing that more than one in five people are dissatisfied with the color of their smile. During our lifetime, there are many things that can affect the color of our teeth including discoloration and staining caused by the foods that we eat, drinking coffee and red wine, smoking and even experiencing trauma to the mouth. Nevertheless, many of us covet a bright, white smile. Some of the reasons for this include:
White teeth look like healthy teeth, giving the impression that we take positive steps to look after our body and overall wellbeing.
White teeth are considered to be more esthetically-pleasing and could make us appear more attractive to people around us.
Research shows that people who have very bright, white teeth are perceived to be happier and more successful in every area of their life.
Unsurprisingly, we want to be able to make the same impression on people that we come into contact with. One of the best ways of achieving this is through professional, in-office teeth whitening.
As its name suggests, professional in-office teeth whitening is a whitening procedure that is carried out in your dentist’s office rather than at home, and where the treatment is administered by a dental professional.
Professional teeth whitening is a completely non-invasive and painless process that uses high-strength whitening agents. Once special guards are placed into your mouth to protect the soft tissues, the whitening agent is pasted carefully and consistently onto the teeth. Once we are satisfied that your teeth have even coverage, a special light is used to trigger the chemical reaction that lifts discoloration and staining. Exactly how long each session lasts will depend on the type of whitening being performed. However, at the end of the session, you can rinse the bleaching agent away and go back to your usual activities straight away.
There are lots of products available both over the counter and online that claim to be able to brighten and lighten the color of your smile. However, many people who try these are left disappointed with the results, which are often mediocre and extremely temporary. In-office whitening provides a number of benefits that are unique to this type of whitening service.
Our dental team has a much better view of your mouth and teeth and access to them. This makes it easier for them to apply the bleaching agent evenly across your teeth, helping to ensure more consistent results. This is something that is tricky to achieve with at-home kits.
The highest strengths of the whitening agents aren’t available over the counter. Our teeth whitening process uses safe and strong bleaching ingredients that help to deliver optimal results much more quickly than can be achieved using at-home kits.
Professional application of the bleaching agent reduces the risk of irritation to the gums and soft tissues and minimizes your risk of complications.
The results of professional teeth whitening are shown to last much longer than those which can be achieved using at-home kits.
While the results of professional in-office whitening last far longer than those achieved using at-home kits, you will still need to take steps to help preserve the beauty of your new smile for as long as possible. Our cosmetic dentistry team will give you specific advice to help you do this, which will include things such as avoiding foods and drinks containing tannins (which are responsible for staining your teeth) as much as possible, giving up smoking, and scheduling regular professional dental cleanings.
If you are considering teeth whitening and would like to find out more about what is involved, or if you are ready to schedule your appointment, please contact our office in Atlanta GA today where our friendly and knowledgeable team will be happy to help.