At the store, you can find a number of at-home teeth whitening options, such as strips or toothpastes. However, the results they offer are not very dramatic, and you could develop tooth sensitivity. For dramatic and long-lasting results, your Bedford, MA, dentist offers an at-home teeth whitening system that uses a special gel and custom-made trays.
The Causes of Your Discoloration
The most common form of discoloration is extrinsic, meaning stains form on the surfaces of your teeth. They can be caused by poor oral hygiene, which causes plaque to buildup on the teeth and make discoloration more visible. Smoking and tobacco use could mar the smile too, as could foods high in sugar and starch, which again leads to plaque and tartar buildup. Drinks with dark pigments, such as tea, red wine, coffee, and soda could be responsible too. When we look at your smile, we will assess the cause and severity of your stains before recommending the right treatment for you!
Creating Custom-Fitted Trays
For those who benefit from teeth whitening, we will invite you to the office so we can take detailed impressions and measurements to create a set of plastic trays. These will fit comfortably, and help ensure the bleaching gel we prescribe is spread evenly across your smile. You will take these items home to continue your treatment!
Treatment at Home
Each day at home, you will need to wear the trays filled with gel for between 30 and 45 minutes on average. The amount of time treatment takes will depend on the extent of your discoloration, but usually takes a week to ten days. Afterward, you could have teeth brightened by several shades, up to eight in many cases. The trays and gel can be used for touch-ups as needed down the road.
You can also take steps to help ensure your new results last. For example, take time to brush your teeth when you wake up and before bed for two minutes, and floss every night before bed. Drink more water and cut back on beverages with dark pigments. Try to enjoy snacks low in sugar and starch too! Make time to see us every six months for a checkup and cleaning, so we can examine your smile and then remove all plaque and tartar to keep your smile bright and healthy. If you have any questions about professional teeth whitening, or about what you can do to maintain your most attractive smile possible, then contact our team today.
Do You Have Questions About Cosmetic Treatments?
Our team wants to help you enjoy a smile brightened by several shades. To learn more about our approach to cosmetic dentistry, then schedule a consultation by calling Kennedy Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Bedford, MA, today at (781) 275-0200.