How Does Teeth Whitening Work?

It used to be that only movie stars cared about brightening the shade of their teeth. As the teeth whitening procedure became more mainstream, people began to see the benefits and request it from their dentist. If you are considering the procedure, you may be wondering “How does teeth whitening work?” Dr. Sachin Desai and his staff at Glendora Family Dentistry are happy to answer that question for you.

What is Professional Teeth Whitening?

Your teeth can become permanently stained for a variety of reasons, including drinking coffee, smoking, and regularly eating dark colored foods. As the years go on, you may feel increasingly embarrassed about the appearance of your teeth and feel hesitant to smile. Perhaps you have even tried teeth whitening kits from the local drugstore to no avail. When you’re serious about having a whiter, brighter smile, professional teeth whitening with Dr. Desai is the way to go.

So, How Does Teeth Whitening Work?

The first time you meet with Dr. Desai about the teeth whitening procedure, he determines how discolored your teeth currently are as well as the type of treatment that would work best for you. After this initial examination, his dental hygienist cleans your teeth thoroughly. Next, Dr. Desai creates an impression of all of your teeth using a dental mold. Once that is complete, he sends the set of two molds to our dental laboratory so the technicians can create customized trays for you.

During your second appointment, Dr. Desai places one mold over your top teeth and the other over the bottom teeth. He needs to make sure that they fit securely before filling them with whitening gel. He makes adjustments at this time if needed. Lastly, he places the professional quality gel into each tray, places the trays in your mouth, and has you wait approximately one hour. After removing the trays, he uses a dental laser to enhance the whitening effect. You may need to repeat the procedure a few more times depending on the severity of your tooth discoloration.

Contact Glendora Family Dentistry to Learn More

The results of professional teeth whitening lasts for several months and may increase the brightness of your teeth by as much as 10 shades. If you’re tired of hiding your beautiful smile, schedule a consultation with Dr. Desai today to learn more about this procedure.

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