Teeth whitening is one of the most commonly requested cosmetic procedures. Some sociologists and psychologists believe more individuals have become interested in these minor cosmetic treatments because humans place a high value on looking friendly and attractive, while others blame Instagram, Facebook, and other media. Whatever the case may be, we understand that many of our patients are interested in teeth whitening in Worcester, MA. Patients interested in this cosmetic procedure can contact Lee Family Dental Care today.
Teeth whitening is a basic procedure designed to lighten and brighten the enamel of teeth by several shades. Most dental offices offer several varieties, including one that can be performed in-office and one that can be taken home. When done in the office, the procedure can take an hour, with the results being teeth that are up to eight shades lighter than before.
Someone who wants their teeth whitened will need to have their teeth and gums cleaned before the procedure. This is because plaque and tartar cover the enamel and can create uneven results since the whitening solution will not eat through these obstructions. After patients have their teeth professionally cleaned by our dentist, the whitening can begin.
The first step is to place a shield over the gums to ensure the whitening solution doesn’t touch the soft tissues. The mouth will need to be held open using a small appliance so that patients don’t disrupt the solution or swallow it. Next, our dentist applies a hydrogen peroxide whitening solution to the teeth. It acts as a bleaching agent that is strengthened when ultraviolet light is shone over it.
Once exposed to the light, the hydrogen peroxide breaks down, creating oxygen that permeates the tooth enamel. It strips away deep surface stains and leaves behind teeth that are brightened.
Teeth that have just been whitened can be sensitive for 24 to 72 hours following the procedure. Patients should avoid overly hot or cold foods and should also not engage in behaviors known for staining the teeth. This means no smoking (of tobacco or other substances), consumption of other tobacco products, or drinking beverages like coffee, tea, red wine, and soda.