Professional teeth whitening is faster, more effective, and longer lasting that treatments you find over the counter. As we age, our teeth darken over time. We can brighten your teeth by five to ten shades in a single session, but maintaining good oral hygiene and steering away from certain foods and beverages will help keep any future whitening services to a minimum. We may also prescribe some medication for you to use at home that helps the whitening process.
In-office teeth whitening is not an altogether complicated procedure, but it does require skill to avoid injury to the gingival (gum) area. Moreover, expensive equipment may be needed to prepare and finish the procedure. All told, the procedure can take anywhere from 60 to 90 minutes to complete.
There are several standard steps to performing an in-office whitening:
Thorough cleansing and polishing of teeth
Application of gum protectant
Application of whitening agent
Whitening agent is laser-activated
Whitening agent is left on teeth for several minutes
Teeth and gums are rinsed
There is nothing you have to change after an in office whitening procedure is done. To prolong your results as long as possible, avoid the following.
Things to avoid:
Coffee and tea
Any bright-colored drinks