All About Teeth Whitening

All About Teeth Whitening

Sep 01, 2019

Teeth whitening treatments are a popular dental procedure that allows someone to brighten and whiten their teeth to a more optimal shade. Having discolored or stained teeth can cause someone to avoid situations where people may see their smile. It can be a devastating blow to their self-esteem. Tooth Whitening is a simple procedure that can be done in-office in a relatively short amount of time.

Why Someone May Need Teeth Whitening Treatments

Many things can stain someone’s teeth over the years. There could be a lack of dental hygiene. Certain types of foods and drinks may discolor the teeth. Aging and genetics play a role in how our teeth change over time. There are also certain medical issues and prescription drugs that can cause discoloration of the enamel.

Here at ESP Dental, we can help you figure out the cause of the staining and help to repair your smile. Teeth whitening treatments in Phoenix are affordable and readily available through our office.

How Teeth Whitening is done

Having your teeth whitened professionally is a simple procedure. It starts by finding the right professional. Look for someone licensed and insured with ample experience specifically in teeth whitening treatments. Once you are confident you have found the right dental provider, you can schedule your appointment.

At the appointment, you can expect to have your teeth and mouth cleaned thoroughly to ensure that the whitening gel is going directly onto the teeth without interference from any plaque or food particles. Your teeth will then be checked over for any cavities or decay. The gel solution used to whiten the teeth can be irritating to any weak or damaged areas. If there is any decay, you can expect the dentist will want to treat that first.

Once your mouth has been cleaned and prepped, the dentist will take pictures so that the progress of your whitening can be monitored and cataloged. At this point, your cheeks and lips are pulled back with a retractor to protect your skin from being injured by the bleaching gel. The gel can come in a variety of strengths. You will also need to choose between vital and non-vital whitening. You and your provider will choose which based on your individual needs. Your gums are also covered in a protective coating, usually resin or a liquid rubber film.

At this point, the whitening bleach gel is painted onto the visible surfaces of the teeth. This will be allowed to cure for increments of 10-15 minutes at a time. Sometimes an intensely bright light is focused on the area as well, although that is not always the case. The gel will be washed off, and the progress of the whitening will be documented. This may happen several times in one visit to get the best results. Most professionals prefer to apply a new gel coat often, so they do not over treat or undertreat the patient.

This is the most common procedure, but there are others available. Please ask your provider which one is best for you.

After the Procedure

After the whitening procedure is complete, the dentist may put fluoride or some type of desensitizing agent on your teeth to prevent any over-sensitization. You will be sent home with instructions to avoid any staining food or drinks. These may include:

  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Wine
  • Tomato products
  • Dark sodas
  • Fruits

You will also be instructed on how to brush and floss to keep your teeth looking bright and white. It is important to maintain the health of your teeth. Oral health is the key to keeping your whole body healthy.

Why Choose ESP Dental for Teeth Whitening

If you are looking for teeth whitening treatment in Phoenix, AZ, ESP Dental is the right place to turn to. We offer both vital and non-vital procedures. We also have an excellent staff who will help you feel right at home. Our hours are generous, including Saturday appointments. Our doctors want to see you walk out of our office feeling confident and cared for.

ESP Dental has the knowledge and experience you need for all your dental needs. We would be happy to help you achieve the smile you have been dreaming of.