People notice your smile when they meet you for the first time, but keeping your teeth free from stains is difficult, especially if you drink coffee, tea, or cola regularly. With professional teeth whitening, you can improve first impressions and help brighten your smile for all your upcoming holiday photo opportunities.
Ben Mohrman, DDS offers a solution for a whiter, brighter smile at Affordable Dental East in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Teeth whitening is available in over-the-counter products, take-home trays from your dentist, and professional, in-office options. While products you purchase from the store may help whiten your teeth, the ingredients and strength of the whitening products vary. Stronger teeth whitening formulas that offer the best results are provided by in-office treatments and applied by dentists.
The two main ingredients in teeth whitening products are hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxide.
In small amounts, hydrogen peroxide removes stains from your teeth. It is also used to disinfect wounds and bleach hair. It’s best to let the professionals apply products containing hydrogen peroxide to your teeth, as too much of a good thing can be harmful. Hydrogen peroxide can damage the enamel of your teeth if you go overboard with its usage.
A combination of carbamide and hydrogen peroxide, carbamide peroxide releases stains from your teeth to deliver a whiter, brighter smile. Some over-the-counter teeth whitening strips and gels also contain carbamide peroxide, but like hydrogen peroxide, carbamide peroxide can damage your teeth when used incorrectly.
Whether you choose take-home whitening trays or our in-office teeth whitening, your results will be much brighter than what you can achieve from products purchased from the store. When you want the most dazzling smile for the holidays, schedule an appointment for teeth whitening. We start with a thorough cleaning of your teeth and determine the shade of your teeth.
After your teeth are professionally cleaned, we apply a protective barrier to your gums and use an oral retractor to pull your cheeks and tongue away from your teeth so none of the bleaching solution gets on your gums, cheeks, or tongue.
Dr. Mohrmann applies the whitening gel to your teeth and lets it work its magic until your teeth reach the desired shade of white. After he cleans the bleach off your teeth, you are free to go! Some people need more than one visit to achieve their desired results, though.
You may experience some sensitivity after teeth whitening treatment, but it should resolve in a day or two.
Ready to make your smile holiday party-ready? Upgrade your smile in time for the holiday season. Call Affordable Dental East today or schedule an appointment online.