Are you considering whitening your teeth but aren't sure if it's a good option for you? Dr. Gregory Herzler, your Saginaw, MI dentist, explains who can benefit from teeth whitening and shares some information about this popular cosmetic treatment.
How can teeth whitening improve my smile?
Professional teeth whitening can lighten your smile an average of three to eight shades. The whitening agents your dentist uses are stronger than those used in drugstore kits, which means you'll notice a dramatic improvement in your smile quickly.
Am I a good candidate for teeth whitening?
Most people can benefit from whitening, although there are a few exceptions. Teeth whitening removes stains from your enamel, but it can't reach stains inside teeth. If a tooth has become discolored due to a root canal procedure, antibiotic use or another reason, whitening won't lighten the tooth.
Sometimes, a change in the color of a tooth is the first sign that there's a problem. If you have cavities or other dental issues, you'll need to treat these problems before you whiten your teeth.
How long will my results last?
With proper care, your teeth will stay bright and white for several years. Your Saginaw dentist can provide you with an at-home whitening kit that will make touch ups easy. It's important to avoid or limit foods and beverages that can stain teeth for best results. Foods and drinks that stain teeth include coffee, tea, wine, cola, berries, tomatoes and sports drinks.
Is teeth whitening safe?
Your safety is the priority during your whitening treatment. Your dentist will apply a protective gel to your roots and gums and use retractors to pull your lips and cheeks away from your teeth before whitening your teeth.
Would you like to transform your smile with teeth whitening? Your dentist can provide a protective fluoride gel to use to control sensitivity as you whiten your teeth.