Forty-five million Americans have had their teeth whitened by a professional in their lifetime. While others have tried at-home treatments to get a whiter smile. Despite how they may have gotten whiter teeth, these individuals seek out methods of getting whiter teeth to reclaim their smile confidence.

At-home whitening treatments can be confusing to use and overall ineffective. Having your teeth whitened by a professional seems to be an easier, albeit, more expensive alternative to the stressful task of finding the right treatment and getting the desired results. 

Continue reading to learn how tooth whitening works.

Pre-Appointment Care

The whitening process will soften your enamel for a while after the procedure, so it will be a little while before you can eat. So, it’s ideal to get something to eat before your appointment. Make sure that you brush and floss thoroughly before leaving for your tooth whitening appointment.

The Tooth Whitening Appointment

It’s important to utilize professional services when it comes to bleaching your teeth. A professional will be able to use the right amount of whitening solution without causing any damage to your enamel. Your dentist will only apply the amount of whitening gel to your teeth that your mouth can handle. 

If you find yourself in pain or have tooth sensitivity, they will stop treatment or lessen the intensity of treatment for you. With at-home treatments, you may find that you don’t know what to do when the discomfort becomes too much. However, sensitive teeth whitening is possible. So don’t give up!

Typically, your whitening will cost hundreds of dollars (and your insurance might not cover any of it). The whitening cost varies depending on the level of whitening needed. 

Your teeth may brighten several shades during your first appointment. However, you may find that you have to make it to multiple appointments before you get to your desired whiteness.

Post-Appointment Care

It’s important to remember that the whitening only helps to remove the stains that you already have. You will need to take care not to get new stains after the treatment. This is possible by keeping acidic or colorful foods and drinks (wines, coffees, blueberries, vinegar) to a minimum. 

Make sure that you don’t eat or drink anything with a heavy color in it for twenty-four to forty-eight hours after the whitening. Your teeth are more vulnerable to new stains during this time. 

You can go back for touch-ups as needed, but if you are adding new stains to your whitened teeth too rapidly, it can get expensive and inconvenient.

Unmask Your Whitest Smile

Are you trying to get a whiter smile? Professional tooth whitening is the way to go. Talk to your dentist today about the professional whitening services that they may offer. If they don’t have these services, they can refer you to someone who can help you. 

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By Malik

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