You’ve most likely heard of professional teeth whitening treatments offered at your dentist office, such as at Alan Pressman DMD in Spring Valley, but you may have wondered if they are worth it. After all, there are plenty of whitening products available over the counter that also promise great results. While these products – gels, toothpaste, strips, etc. – are somewhat effective, they do not produce the same dramatic results that you would see with professional treatment.
Whitening products utilize an active ingredient called hydrogen peroxide. Over-the-counter products are effective only at removing surface stains on the teeth. To penetrate the teeth and treat deeper stains, only professional treatments will work. They contain a higher concentration of hydrogen peroxide and can break up stains beneath the surface, making them less visible and allowing the natural whiteness of the teeth to be seen more clearly.
In-office whitening treatments are generally safer than treatments you would perform on your own at home. This is because your dentist is trained in using the products safely and has the equipment needed to keep both the teeth and gums healthy. A whitening treatment will usually take 60-90 minutes to complete.
After your dentist takes note of the current shade of your teeth and selects the desired shade, your teeth will be polished with pumice to remove plaque on the surface. Either gauze or a dental dam will be placed around the teeth to keep them dry for the duration of the procedure and to keep the gums protected from the whitening solution. Retractors may also be used to keep the cheeks, lips, and tongue out of the way during the treatment. The whitening solution will then be applied only to the front surface of the teeth and activated with a curing light or laser. Depending on the product, it will either be left on the teeth for 30-60 minutes or reapplied until the desired shade is reached. At the end of the treatment, the teeth will be rinsed, and a fluoride application may be used to help with tooth sensitivity. You should stay away from teeth-staining products like wine, coffee, and tea for at least 24 hours after your treatment to maintain the best results.
To achieve a whiter, brighter smile, schedule an appointment for teeth whitening treatment at Alan Pressman DMD in Spring Valley.