Not everyone was born with a smile as bright and white as they would like it to be. There are a lot of factors that can dull the color of your teeth, including genetics, aging, and lifestyle.
The good news is that there is a simple, affordable procedure that can give you a smile many shades whiter than it is today. Teeth whitening is one of the most common cosmetic dentistry procedures around. But are you a good candidate for professional teeth whitening? Let’s take a look at some of the common questions people have about professional teeth whitening.
How can I prepare for professional teeth whitening?
You can either talk to your dentist about teeth whitening during a routine examination, or you can make a special appointment to discuss it. In either case, your dentist will talk to you about any unique health issues that must be taken into consideration.
It is always recommended that you have your teeth professionally cleaned before you undergo teeth whitening treatment. If your teeth have plaque and tartar on them, the whitening effects will not be as dramatic.
Is in-office or at-home teeth whitening better?
At Dr. Fairfax and Associates Family Dentistry, we offer in-office or at-home professional teeth whitening. Both are effective, although in-office treatment usually shows more dramatic results in a shorter amount of time.
What can I expect at the professional teeth whitening appointment?
Once you are ready for the whitening procedure, you will be shown a shade guide to first closely match the current color of your teeth. Then you can decide what your goal color will be—whether it is two shades lighter or 10 shades lighter. When the procedure is finished, you can compare the chart to your teeth after whitening to see if you have achieved the results you had hoped for.
How should I care for my teeth after the teeth whitening appointment?
You’ll want to avoid any kind of “staining” foods and beverages for a few days after your whitening procedure. It’s important to remember that the more of those types of foods and drinks you avoid, the longer your whitening results will last. Make sure you brush regularly to help resist any staining in the future.
What if I have other questions about professional teeth whitening?
Call Dr. Fairfax and Associates Family Dentistry for more information on teeth whitening cosmetic dentistry in Fairfax, if you would like your smile to be its whitest, brightest best! We look forward to meeting you!