Certain foods and beverages and lifestyle choices can leave your teeth looking yellow and old.
Pretty much everyone drinks coffee, tea, or soda in a day. Add in a glass of red wine and you’ve got a lot of colorful liquids bombarding your teeth, often long before your nightly tooth-brushing. Even if you avoid all of those things, your genetics still can play a role, causing you teeth to turn yellow (or grey) as you age.
In-office whitening provides a safe and effective solution that offers beautiful and long-lasting results.
How does in-office teeth whitening work?
We follow these steps:
- We expose all your teeth.
- We shield your gums and other soft tissues.
- We apply a bleaching gel. You can expect to wear this for about twenty minutes.
- We rinse your teeth and take a look at your progress. We might apply a second round of gel if necessary.
After the process is done we’ll measure the effectiveness. Keep in mind you won’t see the real shade of your teeth for a couple of days, because they’ll be dehydrated right after the procedure.
Will in-office teeth whitening damage my teeth or gums?
If you’re a good candidate for in-office whitening in the first place, it’s a low-risk procedure. Again, we take steps to protect your gums. Some patients experience a little tooth sensitivity right after the procedure is done, though.
For many patients, especially those who struggle with periodontal health, in-office tooth whitening is much safer than cheaper at-home options.
When should you not get teeth whitening done at all? If you have existing tooth sensitivity, worn enamel, or severe gum disease, you probably should not get a whitening treatment. Dr. Forbes will let you know if he doesn’t think in-office teeth whitening is safe or right for you.
How much does in-office teeth whitening cost?
It depends on how much of a change you’re going for – how many shades whiter.
Your insurance may not cover teeth-whitening, because it’s considered a cosmetic procedure. Still, contact your insurance company to double-check.
Most of our patients tell us the cost has been well worth it. You don’t need two rows of movie-star pearly whites to feel the difference: even going a couple of shades brighter can improve your confidence and make you more likely to smile. Teeth-whitening may pay for itself in regained self-esteem and new opportunities you seize.
How long will my teeth stay white after in-office whitening?
If you take good care of your teeth, don’t smoke, and avoid foods and drinks that tend to stain teeth, you can expect the effects of your teeth-whitening procedure to last for 2-3 years. About half of our patients go right back to their morning coffee or tea, which can mean the procedure only lasts 9-12 months.
You can get a touch-up procedure every six months to lengthen the amount of time your teeth remain bright and white.
Contact Capital Dental Design in Richmond today
Ready to get your smile back? Have additional questions about whitening? Call our office now to make your appointment.