A dazzling, healthy smile does wonders for taking the years off—and the results are immediate. You would be surprised how much younger you could look just by eliminating years of built-up stains. Whitening done in your cosmetic dentist’s office can instantly brighten your teeth in less than an hour, with results lasting from six months to a year. Teeth will look dramatically whiter but it’s not for everyone. Those with sensitive teeth should steer clear.
Before the procedure your dentist or hygienist will establish a baseline color of your teeth. This may include taking a photo to help measure the effectiveness of the treatment.
Your lips and gums will be covered so they are protected from the bleaching solution. The gums will be painted with a barrier that hardens as it dries to protect them from burning or irritation.
Activate the Whitener
A whitening gel is applied to the teeth, and the light/whitening accelerator is activated. Since most hydrogen peroxide formulas stop working after about 20 minutes, the gel is often removed, and a fresh coat is applied. Sessions can be done three times or more in one visit, depending on the severity of the stains and sensitivity of the patient.
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