It's often said that your smile is the first thing that people notice about you, and if your teeth are less pearly white and more of an embarrassment, then you've probably considered teeth whitening already. There are many different options on the market for having your teeth whitened, but the only option you should really be considering is having the treatment carried out professionally at your dentist. Self-treatment kits which are widely sold online can cause huge problems; some are very good and up to professional standards, others contain harsh chemicals which could cause permanent damage to your teeth. If you're not an expert, it can be hard to tell the good from the bad. Buying these kits over the internet is simply not worth the risk, so your first step to whiter teeth should be getting in touch with Dr Rick Dawson, an expert in teeth whitening in Salisbury, MD.
The first thing which will happen when you enquire about having your teeth whitened is that you will have your teeth thoroughly cleaned and assessed to see if tooth whitening will be effective. There are many reasons for having discolored teeth, and among the most common are things like drinking coffee or red wine, or smoking.
Once your teeth are clean, the dentist will cover up your gums and lips for protection, and then apply the special bleaching chemicals directly onto your teeth. This special gel formulation reacts with light to brighten the color of your teeth and get rid of any stains. The gel stays in place for 15 minutes, and all you have to do is relax, lie back and listen to some music as the gel and light get to work. The process is repeated a further two times, so from start to finish your teeth whitening treatment will take around two hours.
After the third gel and light treatment is complete, the dentist will remove all of the gel from your teeth and paint on a special fluoride paste which will protect the surface of your whitened teeth and reduce any sensitivity. You're then free to go home, and you will take with you a kit and instructions about how to touch up any areas on your teeth which begin to get discolored again.
Your whiter, brighter teeth and Hollywood smile can last for up to three years, but this very much depends on the individual. If you carry on drinking red wine or smoking, you may find your teeth begin to become discolored again far more quickly. It is therefore very important that you speak to your dentist before starting the procedure, as he can advise on what is causing the discoloration and how to prolong the whiteness. Teeth whitening, when carried out by an expert, is a low risk cosmetic dentistry procedure, so book an appointment with Dr. Rick Dawson Salisbury's teeth whitening dentist, and start to smile with confidence again.
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