How Teeth Whitening Can Help Improve Your Smile

By Rose Dental Associates
February 03, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Have you ever looked at your smile in the mirror and wished it was a little brighter? Teeth whitening at teeth whiteningRose Dental Associates is a popular cosmetic dentistry procedure that can give you those pearly whites you’ve always wanted.

Teeth become stained over time for a variety of reasons. Frequent consumption of tobacco, red wine, coffee, or other deeply colored substances can cause staining of the tooth’s surface. In addition, teeth tend to yellow as you age, no matter how careful you are about your dental care. Whitening treatments can reverse these effects, keeping your teeth looking vibrant and healthy.

How Does Whitening Work?

Teeth whitening uses peroxide-based bleaching agents that penetrate into the outer layers of teeth, break up the molecules that caused the stain, and remove them from the teeth. It’s most effective for teeth that are stained yellow. Brown and gray stains don’t respond as well to this type of treatment, along with any discoloring caused by medications or physical trauma.

Treatment Process

Your Albany dentists will perform a thorough exam to determine whether your teeth are likely to respond to whitening treatments. Once the treatment begins, they'll place a protective barrier over your lips and gums to prevent the bleaching solution from damaging the soft tissues in your mouth. Then they'll let the bleaching solution work its magic, sometimes using heat or light to speed the process.

The length of time your treatment takes depends on the condition of your teeth, your desired results, and the particular solution your dentist has chosen to use on your teeth. A single treatment usually takes between 30 and 60 minutes, and multiple treatments may be recommended depending on how many shades you want to whiten.

Teeth Whitening in Albany

Lightening your teeth can provide a significant boost in self-esteem, take years off your appearance, and help you show your best side to the world. For safe and gentle teeth whitening, visit your Albany, NY dentists at Rose Dental Associates. Request your appointment now or call (518) 456-7673 today.