If your teeth have lost their shine over the years and you would like to
enjoy a bright smile once again, you may be interested in teeth whitening
treatment. Dr. Spalitto, a skilled
dentist in St. Louis, is happy to help you achieve a smile that looks as healthy
and youthful as ever. Teeth whitening treatment is among the least invasive
and simplest treatments that dentistry has to offer. Read on for help
in understanding your teeth whitening options.
In-Office Whitening Procedures
Many people are unaware that a teeth whitening procedure is an available
treatment at all until they meet with their dentists to find out how they
can enjoy a brighter smile. If you have never whitened your teeth before,
you may want to do so under supervision from a dentist in order to ensure
optimal results. Procedures conducted in the dentist’s office may
also make use of more powerful products and yield more noticeable results
than those you could perform yourself. Your dentist can protect your gums
with a special guard to ensure that these powerful products are applied
only to your teeth. He or she can also use a heat source to catalyze the
teeth whitening process.
If you decide to whiten your teeth at home, you will not use the same
products or approach that your dentist would use in the office. Instead,
you will typically use a mouthpiece tray that he has created specifically
for your teeth. You will add a whitening gel to your custom mouthpiece
tray and wear it for a few hours each day. The tray should keep the whitening
agent away from your gums since it has been customized for your mouth.
You can also find over-the-counter whitening kits at convenience stores,
but they may not fit or work as well.
Another form of teeth whitening treatment is whitening strips. You can
apply these gel-coated strips to your teeth twice each day for 30 minutes
at a time. After about two weeks, you should experience the end result,
which will typically last for about four months afterwards.