Teeth don't always stay as white as we would like. The foods you eat, your age and your use of cigarettes or other tobacco products can lead to unsightly staining. Luckily, teeth whitening treatment can erase years of stains. Matthews, NC, dentist Dr. David Feeney explains how teeth whitening can improve your smile.
How does teeth whitening work?
If you've ever spilled a cup of coffee on a white shirt, you may have used bleach to get rid of the stain. Teeth whitening works the same way. Hydrogen peroxide gel bleaches out stains that discolor your tooth enamel. Whitening is very effective for these types of stains, called extrinsic stains, but it won't work for intrinsic stains that are deep inside your tooth.
Is professional whitening a better option than drugstore whitening kits?
Drugstore products may take a long time to work and vary in effectiveness. Professional whitening is safer and produces more immediate results. When you visit Dr. Feeney's Matthews office, your teeth will be up to eight shades whiter in 60 minutes or less.
Before your teeth are whitened, your teeth will be examined to ensure that you don't have any dental problems. If your teeth are whitened and you have a cavity, you may be more likely to experience sensitivity. During your visit, your teeth will also be cleaned to remove plaque and tartar. If these substances aren't removed before whitening, the hydrogen peroxide gel won't whiten your teeth evenly.
Sensitivity is one of the most common complaints people have when they whiten their teeth. Thanks to two important precautionary steps used during professional whitening, your risk of sensitivity will be reduced. Dr. Feeney applies a protective coating of gel to keep the whitening agent off your roots and gums and also pulls your cheeks and lips away from your teeth with retractors during the whitening session.
After your treatment, you'll probably see a very noticeable difference in your teeth. You can keep your smile bright by limiting coffee, tea, wine, berries and other foods and beverages that stain teeth. Dr. Feeney also offers at-home whitening kits that you can use to touch up your results from time to time.
Are you ready to brighten your smile? Call Matthews, NC, dentist Dr. David Feeney at (704) 847-1000 to schedule your appointment.