If your teeth are stained or have become dull, you might want to consider teeth whitening. This is a process to make the natural color of your teeth appear lighter. Your dentist will offer you the option of having your teeth whitening done in the surgery, a procedure that takes from one to two hours, or you may be offered the option to carry out some of the whitening at home. The latter is the most popular choice.
Your dentist will make trays that are designed especially for your mouth. These trays, which will be used as containers for the whitening gel, are not unlike gum shields. Your dentist will explain how to use the trays, and how often you should do so.
The gel used normally contains hydrogen peroxide, a type of bleach. When the gel comes into contact with the teeth, the gel releases oxygen into the enamel and dentine in the teeth, resulting in a lightening of the color. The procedure does not damage the teeth.
The number of treatments you need will depend on the extent of the discoloration, and also on how much lighter you want your teeth to look. Most treatments last from two to four weeks. You apply the trays to your teeth at the recommended intervals and for the recommended time. This latter is usually between a half and one hour.
It is possible to buy teeth whitening kits, and carry out the procedure without consulting your dentist. If you decide to choose this option, you need to read the instructions carefully, and follow them closely. You results are unlikely to be as good as dentist-supervised treatment.
Dr. Rogers of Arrow Springs Dental Care advises people to visit a dentist every six months. This can reduce the risk of needing emergency dental care. If you do need urgent treatment, Dr. Rogers welcomes emergency walk-ins. Please call 918-451-9066 for more information. You can also request an appointment on the website.
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