Are you ready for the holiday season? If you have some big events coming up, you probably want your smile to look its best. We can help our Des Moines, IA, patients enjoy brighter smiles with professional teeth whitening.
The Teeth Whitening Process
The treatment begins with an office treatment. We apply a bleaching gel to the teeth, which we activate with a special light. Next, we send you home with a custom-made set of trays and a bleaching gel. Each day, you will fill the trays with gel and wear them for between 30 and 45 minutes each day. Over the course of a week to ten days, your smile may be brightened by several shades. The procedure addresses minor and severe teeth stains, helping you enjoy a significantly brighter smile.
What If I Have Permanent Teeth Stains?
Surface stains, also known as extrinsic stains, can be removed easily. However, intrinsic discoloration, which forms beneath the tooth enamel, may not always respond to teeth whitening. For those with severe intrinsic discoloration, we may need to mask them with a cosmetic restoration, such as a porcelain veneers, or through dental bonding. Whether you have traditional surface stains or permanent discoloration, we can help you enjoy a brighter and more attractive smile.
Keeping Your Teeth Bright
Following your treatment, what steps should you take to keep your smile bright? First, be sure you’re brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing every night before bed. These actions limit plaque buildup, helping your smile stay whiter. A dental cleaning every six months also help by removing all plaque from the teeth. We also suggest cutting back on foods and drinks that promote plaque buildup and stains, such as items high in sugar or starch. Remember, beverages with dark pigments, such as soda, coffee, tea, and red wine, also increase the risk of discoloration.
GATEWAY DENTAL GROUP CAN BRIGHTEN SMILES
If you want a brighter smile, then contact our team to talk about teeth whitening. Our practice is ready to help families in and around Des Moines, IA when a dental injury occurs. To schedule an appointment, call our office today at (515) 244-9565.