A Teeth Whitening specialist in Sarasota Florida can help you achieve a bright, white smile in a safe and effective manner. A whiter, brighter smile can make you feel more confident and enhance your smile’s aesthetic appeal.
Stains and Discoloration
Over time, teeth become stained and discolored by a variety of substances including tea, coffee, colas, red wine, and foods like strawberries and tomatoes. Smoking, medication, and other environmental factors can also cause discoloration. Professional whitening treatments can remove many of these stains and leave your teeth looking fresh, bright, and healthy again.
How to Avoid Teeth Staining
There are several things you can do to prevent tooth staining, the most common being brushing your teeth with a whitening toothpaste and flossing regularly. Other helpful tips include avoiding certain dark or colored drinks and foods, such as coffee, tea, wine and soft drinks with fruit juices in them, and limiting the amount of tobacco you smoke each day.
Depending on the severity of your stains, a teeth whitening procedure may be completed in one visit or over a period of time using a take-home kit or in-office bleaching system. Your cosmetic dentist will recommend the most effective method for you to reach your desired results.
Cost of Teeth Bleaching
The cost of a teeth whitening treatment depends on the type of whitening system you choose, the extent of your discoloration and the number of appointments necessary to achieve your desired results. A take-home whitening kit is generally less expensive than an in-office whitening procedure, though it is not covered by dental insurance.
Laser & In-Office Tooth Whitening
During your visit to our office, we will apply a whitening gel to the surface of your teeth and use a laser to activate it. The laser speeds up the whitening process by increasing the oxygen content of the whitening agent. This is an excellent and affordable way to whiten your teeth, but you will need to continue to follow a regular cleaning schedule to keep your smile fresh and white for as long as possible.
Your cosmetic dentist can customize the whitening gel to your individual needs, making sure you get the results you want and are comfortable with the process. The whitening gel will be made from a substance that is completely safe and will not harm your gums or teeth.
Most patients find that the whitening procedure is well tolerated. However, you should know that some people experience discomfort called a “zinger.” This occurs when the peroxide solution seeps into the pores in your teeth’s enamel and causes your teeth to be slightly sensitive for a few days.
You can help to minimize this discomfort by moisturizing your lips the night before your whitening treatment. This will help to ensure they are softer and more flexible, so you can wear the mouthpiece for the full 45-minute appointment without experiencing any discomfort.
It is also a good idea to drink lots of water during the treatment, as this helps rinse away any excess peroxide and increase the effectiveness of your whitening results. This will also help you avoid any sensitivity you might experience from the peroxide.