Things You Need To Know Before, During And After Teeth Whitening

March 11, 2020 - By Bruce Michaelson
Things You Need To Know Before, During And After Teeth Whitening

Did you know that your teeth have pores just like your skin? These pores in the enamel act like a sponge and absorb the color from anything that you put in your mouth. This is why dark-colored foods and beverages like coffee, wine, and dark berries stain your teeth over time. People who regularly smoke may also have stains on their teeth due to the enamel being exposed to nicotine.

Although regular brushing and flossing can keep plaque buildup and maintain basic hygiene, years of staining can only be removed with the help of deep cleaning and teeth whitening methods. So, if you wish to remove your dental stains and get whiter and brighter teeth, here are a few things you should know about teeth whitening.

Professional Teeth Whitening

Professional teeth whitening is an incredibly safe procedure, where active ingredients are used to temporarily open the pore in the teeth and remove the stains. After a whitening session, your teeth will naturally remineralize and rehydrate, making it whiter and brighter.

At our dental clinic in Dubai, we provide two types of teeth whitening options to our patients. For people wanting instant results within a limited time, we offer In-Office Zoom whitening treatment. If the patient wants a more relaxed teeth whitening procedure that can be done at their own pace, we offer the At- Home whitening option. Let us take a look at how these methods work-

In-Office Zoom Whitening:

The Zoom whitening procedure utilizes a gel and UV light to activate the whitening process. During the process, the patient is asked to sit back with a cheek retractor. Our dentist will take a shade measurement and examine your teeth to ensure that they are healthy enough to undergo the treatment. Next, a whitening gel is spread evenly over the teeth, followed by exposing the treatment area to UV light. A session lasts for 12 to 15 minutes. 

The whole process is repeated up to 3 times to get the desired level of whiteness and depending upon the patient’s tooth sensitivity level. Once the sessions are over, the patient can enjoy their dazzling new smile instantly.

At-Home Whitening:

At-home whitening allows the patients to whiten their teeth from the comfort of their homes. Here, the dentists provide custom dental trays and whitening matter complete with user instructions to the patient to use from home. 

The effects of one-time treatment will last for about 7 to 14 days while the results may vary according to the individual needs of the patient. The product is usually provided to last for multiple sessions and can be stored in the refrigerator for touch-ups. With minor redos, the results of At-home whitening can last up to 2 years.

Result and aftercare

Professional teeth whitening is a safe and effective way to achieve whiter, brier and younger-looking smiles. The effectiveness of the procedure depends on the dosage, frequency, and duration of the treatment. 

After the treatment, patients are recommended to follow the steps below in the first 24 hours-

  • Avoid staining beverages like tea, coffee, wine, and colored soft drinks.
  • Keep away from staining foods like soy sauce, chocolate, and citric fruits.
  • Avoid smoking completely for the first 24 hours. If possible, quit the habit to ensure better dental hygiene.
  • Stop the use of colored toothpaste and mouthwash to avoid unnecessary stains.

Final words

If you are looking to whiten your teeth, it is always better to opt for professional whitening services. Over the counter, whitening agents may not give the desired results and may cause tooth sensitivity due. Reach out to our dentists at American Dental Clinic to book your professional teeth whitening treatment. Also, talk to our experts and clear all your questions and concerns before getting the treatment done, to avoid unwanted surprises. 

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