What You Need to Know About Professional Teeth Whitening

June 29, 2021

If you wish your teeth were whiter, you’re not alone. Just look at the myriad products that advertise flawless pearly whites. We’ve all bought toothpaste and rinses that make bold, brightening claims, but the results are always minimal. Instead of settling for frustration with these sorts of products, consider professional teeth whitening. It is one of the most common cosmetic dentistry procedures, and it can help you regain confidence in your smile. In this article, your Olathe, KS, dentist will discuss what you need to know about the procedure.

How Does Teeth Whitening Work?

Professional whitening typically consists of your dentist making custom trays that specifically fit your teeth. A bleaching gel solution is then placed in the trays and will be applied to your teeth as you wear them. The fit is similar to a mouth guard used in sports, and you are able to wear it in the comfort of your own home. The entire process takes between ten and fourteen days, during which you wear the trays on your top and bottom teeth for a few hours each day. After this time, your teeth will be noticeably whiter and most stains will be gone. You may notice increased sensitivity in your teeth. If it bothers you persistently, do not hesitate to reach out to your dentist.

Maintain Whitening

Once you complete the professional teeth whitening process, you’ll want to maintain your bright smile. The best way to do so is by brushing twice a day and flossing at least once. It can be difficult to do, but try to avoid foods and drinks that can stain your teeth. These include coffee, tea, and wine. Tobacco products can also severely stain teeth. For good measure, stay away from sugar, as it can damage the health of your teeth — both inside and out. Finally, make sure you regularly visit your dentist for checkups and cleanings. 

Stubborn Stains That Won’t Go Away

Although professional teeth whitening is very effective, there are some permanent discolorations, known as intrinsic stains, that will remain despite treatment. This is because these stains exist beneath the enamel of the tooth. These discolorations can be caused by different factors that range from injury to fluorosis to others. Unfortunately, in these cases, professional stain removal can only remove minor intrinsic stains. However, porcelain veneers can provide a cosmetic solution to this problem. 

Learn More About Teeth Whitening

Our team would love to help you get a brighter smile. For more information about removing stains or receiving porcelain veneers, schedule a dental consultation. You can call E-Care Dentistry, PA in Olathe, KS, today at 913-210-1701. Find our office at 15010 S Black Bob Road Olathe, KS 66062. We also proudly serve patients from Overland Park, Lenexa, and all surrounding communities.