There are different types of teeth whitening available today for people who would like to get a brighter, more beautiful looking smile. One can choose to buy over-the-counter whitening trays or go for professional teeth whitening at their Alberta dental clinic.
If you decide to have your teeth whitening done with the help of a dental professional, here’s a sneak peek at what happens during an in-office whitening procedure:
Preparing Your Teeth and Protecting Your Gums
Before the actual whitening process, your Alberta dentist needs to make sure that your teeth and gums are in good health. If there are any dental issues such as cavities or bleeding gums, he or she may recommend that those be dealt with first before doing teeth whitening.
Once you’re cleared, your dentist will place a protective cover or shield on your gums. This will help prevent any whitening solution from hitting/spilling onto your gums that may result to irritation.
Hydrogen Peroxide Application
When you go to your Alberta dentist for teeth whitening, a hydrogen peroxide solution will be applied onto the surface of your teeth. The peroxide solution is the substance that whitens the teeth enamel and removes stubborn stains.
Depending on the results you want, your dentist can apply the solution in several intervals of about 15-20 minutes each. All in all, an in-office whitening session can last for about an hour.
After your teeth whitening procedure, you can immediately see results. Your teeth will have a whiter shade and yellowish stains will be a thing of the past.
However, you may experience a bit of teeth sensitivity, which is normal after any professional whitening session. This is brought about by the abrasive quality of the peroxide solution on the enamel layer of the teeth. Your Alberta dentist may recommend medications or products that can help with the temporary sensitivity such as toothpaste or gels as topical applications.