Teeth whitening with your dentist could give you lasting results and a confidence boost. Your Berkley, MI, dentist at Forte Family Dentistry, Dr. Julie Forte, can help you with all you need to know about professional teeth whitening.
First Dental Appointment
This appointment will usually involve an assessment of the stains on your teeth. Stains on your teeth from food and drinks are typically good candidates for the teeth whitening process. However, filled teeth and some stains underneath your teeth surface such as antibiotics-caused stains might complicate the teeth whitening process.
Teeth Whitening Process
If your Berkley, MI, dentist, Dr. Julie Forte, decides that you're a good candidate for teeth whitening, you can proceed with the procedure. Your dentist will retract your lips with a reactor device and cover your gums with protective material.
She will proceed to apply the teeth whitening agent to your teeth. The bleaching process might take about an hour. The active ingredient in the teeth whitening gel your dentist uses is hydrogen peroxide.
Hydrogen peroxide penetrates your teeth to break down and eliminate complex compounds causing your teeth stains.
The professional teeth bleaching solutions that dentists use contain higher concentrations of hydrogen peroxide than store-bought teeth bleaching solutions that you can use at home. Home teeth whitening options include whitening toothpaste, gels, strips, and lights.
If you're whitening your teeth at home, you might need multiple sessions before you observe significant changes in your teeth. On the other hand, the results of professional teeth whitening are immediate and you can see your brightened smile immediately after your procedure.
After your teeth whitening session with Dr. Julie Forte, she might send you home with a home teeth whitening kit to help you maintain your results. Your teeth whitening results can last up to three years but you can get the most out of them if you don't smoke and avoid food and drinks that might stain your teeth.
Start the journey to getting the brilliant smile you desire. Call (248) 546-2030 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Julie Forte of Forte Family Dentistry, in Berkley, MI, to discuss your teeth whitening options.