Smoking, eating, or drinking darkly colored foods dull your teeth, leaving behind unattractive stains. Teeth whitening, one of the many services and treatments provided by your Salisbury, MD, dentist, Dr. Kathleen Geipe, brightens your smile in just about an hour.
Whitening targets the source of stains
When you sip a cup of coffee or enjoy an ice pop on a hot day, dark or bright pigments in those foods seep into microscopic openings in your tooth enamel. While brushing after meals can help you reduce staining, it won't prevent pigments from drifting into the tiny pores. Eventually, the pigments will make your teeth look dull and stained.
Teeth whitening eliminates stains by breaking apart and removing the pigments that dull your smile. Professional-strength hydrogen peroxide whitening gel used by dentists offers a more effective way to whiten teeth than using over-the-counter products.
You'll only spend about an hour at the Salisbury dental office yet will see a noticeable improvement in your smile. On average, whitening lightens teeth by three to eight shades.
At-home whitening kits are also available. You can use the kits to whiten at home or touch up your professional whitening kits. Your dentist will provide you with trays and whitening gel, which you'll use for a few weeks.
What you can expect during your whitening appointment
If your teeth haven't been cleaned recently, a dental cleaning will be the first step in the whitening process. Cleaning removes plaque and tartar, two substances that not only cause tooth decay and gum disease but also interfere with a whitening treatment. Hydrogen peroxide can't penetrate plaque and tartar. If the substances remain on your teeth, your smile may look mottled.
Your Salisbury dentist will also take two precautions to ensure your comfort during whitening. First, she'll spread a protective gel over your gums and roots, then she'll place plastic retractors in your mouth. The retractors prevent your lips and cheeks from coming in contact with the whitening gel.
The whitener is applied with a small brush that makes it easy to spread the gel evenly. After the gel is removed at the end of your session, you'll see a remarkable improvement in your smile.
Renew your smile with teeth whitening! Call your dentist in Salisbury, MD, Dr. Kathleen Geipe, at (410) 543-0599 to schedule your appointment.