Your smile is one of the main features people see when they meet you. But, keeping your teeth white can be a challenge, especially if you’re an avid coffee or tea drinker. With the holidays right around the corner, you may be wanting to brighten up your smile for the obligatory family photos.
At Arden Dental Group in Asheville, North Carolina, our expert team has the solution to a whiter and healthier smile. Our three dentists specialize in both general and cosmetic dentistry, which helps you keep your mouth healthy and your smile looking beautiful.
Teeth whitening comes in many types and methods — there are at-home whitening options and in-office options as well. You can even get teeth whitening products at the store. But what sets all of these options apart from each other?
The ingredients in whitening products vary, as do prices and availability. Stronger formulas are usually saved for in-office treatments, while less concentrated products are available to consumers at grocery and drug stores. Next, we look at the two primary agents in whitening products.
Hydrogen peroxide is the same agent that’s used to disinfect wounds and bleach your hair. While it’s good for teeth whitening, it needs to be used in small amounts to prevent damage to the enamel of your teeth.
This agent contains hydrogen peroxide and carbamide, which is also known as urea. It works very similarly to hydrogen peroxide in the way it whitens your teeth.
It’s important that you know what’s in the whitening product you’re using, as some concentrations in over-the-counter strips and gels can cause more harm than good to your teeth.
The best and safest way to get whiter teeth is at our office under the skilled care of professionals. Whether you opt for in-office whitening, or you prefer customized take-home whitening trays, our options are much more effective than those you find in the store.
For whitening your teeth at our office, we first clean your teeth well and make a note of the starting shade of your teeth. Once your teeth are cleaned, we apply a barrier to your gums, which helps protect them from the bleaching solution.
We may also use an oral retractor to keep your cheeks and tongue away from the whitening agent. When your teeth are dry, we apply the bleaching gel to your teeth. The bleach is only placed on the front portion of your teeth.
When the shade you want has been achieved, or the maximum amount of time has elapsed, the bleach is cleaned off of your teeth. You may notice some sensitivity after the treatment, which is completely normal.
You may need more than one session to reach the desired level of white you’re hoping for.
How long your whitening treatment lasts depends on the type of whitening product you use, as well as your lifestyle habits. Whitening products brighten stained teeth, but they don’t keep future stains from happening.
The best and longest results are seen when you receive in-office whitening treatments from our dentists. If you keep up good dental hygiene and avoid foods that cause stains, your teeth may keep their shine for one to three years.
Our professional-grade, at-home whitening trays are also very successful, and they can last up to a year if you keep your dental health in check as well.
So how can you keep your teeth whiter for longer? Some tips that can help keep stains off your teeth include:
Whitening your teeth is not only a monetary investment — it’s also an investment in your overall confidence and happiness. A whiter smile makes the holidays and parties that much more enjoyable.
If you’re in need of a smile upgrade and whiter teeth for the upcoming holiday season, don’t hesitate to call our office today at 828-548-2364 to book an appointment today. You can also schedule a consultation on the website using our online booking tool.