How To Prepare For Teeth Whitening

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Teeth whitening is a great way to improve the look of your smile. It can also be an effective tool in preventing tooth decay and gum disease. If you are considering teeth whitening, then this article is for you. You will learn what will happen before your teeth whitening session, what to expect during the treatment, and what things that you need to avoid after treatment.

Pre-Treatment X Rays

You may need pre-treatment X-rays or scans if there's any question about whether there's decay under the surface of your tooth enamel or implants. The current state of your teeth might affect the strategy your dentist uses to whiten your teeth. This is because the dentist will want to ensure that no damage is caused.

What to Expect During Teeth Whitening

During treatment, your dentist or hygienist will apply a protective gel where the bleach will go on your teeth. The bleaching solution is generally either hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. It doesn't usually taste bad at all and you don't need anything for pain (like a numbing agent). After treatment, you'll be prescribed a teeth whitening gel to use at home, and you will be told how often to use it. It's important to remember that the shade of your teeth is going to continue changing for up to six months after bleaching as they get even lighter.

Avoid These Things After Whitening

Keep in mind that taking care of your teeth properly to prevent staining from returning is essential. Try not to smoke for at least 24 hours after bleaching, it may cause irritation to your mouth and gum tissue. Don't drink dark-colored drinks for at least 24 hours after treatment. This means you should avoid dark-colored drinks like red wine, coffee, tea, and soda. Carbonated beverages can cause a "fizzy" feeling in the mouth, so avoid them, too, if possible. 

Don't try to make your teeth even whiter by using whitening gels that your dentist did not prescribe before or after your treatment. The treatment that has been done at the dental office is enough, and the gel your dentist recommends is all that is needed.

Getting a whiter smile at your dentist's office is not difficult. Just be sure to discuss with your dentist what you expect to get out of the procedure. Once you are clear about what to expect and take the right care of your teeth after the procedure, you should see great results.

Contact a local cosmetic dentist to learn more.