Whether there's a special event in your future or your teeth have become a little dull, teeth whitening offers a simple way to refresh your smile. Whitening is one of the many dental services and procedures offered by your Abington, PA, dentists, Drs. Cary and Jonathan Limberakis.
How teeth whitening can help your smile
Stains don't just affect fabrics but can also dull your smile. Any food or beverage that can stain a white shirt may also stain your tooth enamel. Eating or drinking darkly pigmented foods and beverages can discolor teeth, particularly if you've been consuming the drinks or foods for years. Common culprits are coffee, tea, cola, wine, berries, soy sauce, and brightly colored candies, ice pops, and sports drinks. Nicotine can also stain your teeth.
Your Abington dentist uses hydrogen peroxide gel to bleach stains. The gel seeps into tiny openings in your tooth enamel and breaks apart the pigments that cause the stains. Although over-the-counter whiteners also contain hydrogen peroxide, drugstore whitening kits contain weaker formulations.
Professional-strength hydrogen peroxide gel works quickly and safely to whiten your teeth.
Whitening doesn't take long
You'll only spend about an hour at the dental office when you schedule a whitening appointment. Most people only need one appointment to achieve their desired results, although a second whitening session may be necessary occasionally. Professional whitening can lighten your teeth by three to eight shades, dramatically improving your smile.
Teeth cleaning is a must before whitening, as the hydrogen peroxide gel can't penetrate plaque and tartar. If your teeth aren't cleaned, they may look a little speckled after whitening.
Before whitening begins, your dentist takes two important steps to ensure your comfort and safety. He applies a special gel to your gums that protects your gums and roots and gives you a retractor that holds your cheeks away from your teeth. These steps can help reduce sensitivity that can occur if the whitening agent touches sensitive gum tissue or roots.
You'll see the impressive results of your whitening session the minute the hydrogen peroxide gel is removed. You can maintain your results by avoiding stain-causing foods and beverages and touching up your teeth from time to time with a take-home kit provided by your dentist.
Are you ready to whiten your smile? Call your Abington, PA, dentists, Drs. Cary and Jonathan Limberakis, at (215) 886-8866 to schedule a teeth whitening appointment.