Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you, so it’s no surprise that we often get asked about cosmetic dental procedures here at our Richmond dental clinic. While there are many treatments that can enhance the appearance and function of a patient’s mouth- such as orthodontics, veneers, bridges, and implants to name a few- many times all that is needed is a simple teeth whitening to brighten up the patient’s smile.
Tooth whitening (or bleaching) is a simple, non-invasive dental treatment used to change the color of natural tooth enamel and is an ideal way to enhance the beauty of your smile. While many people opt for over the counter whitening products such as strips, gels or toothpastes, these products generally will not yield the same results that a professional teeth whitening treatment. While no teeth whitening treatment is permanent, the professional teeth whitening we offer at our Richmond dental clinic will last for several years. Staying away from staining foods and beverages such citrus foods, red wine, coffee and abstaining from smoking will help to keep teeth white after the treatment.
How does teeth whitening work?
The tooth whitening treatment that we offer at Clear Dental in Richmond usually requires two visits. At the first appointment, impressions will be made of your teeth in order to create custom, clear plastic, trays.
At your second appointment, you will try on the trays for proper fit, and adjustments will be made if necessary. The trays are worn with special whitening solution either twice a day for 30 minutes or overnight for a couple of weeks depending on the degree of staining and desired level of whitening.
What can teeth whitening do?
The teeth whitening treatment we offer at our Richmond dental clinic can help minimizing the look of discoloration on teeth due to:
- Fluorosis (excessive fluoridation during tooth development).
- Normal wear of outer tooth layer.
- Medications such as tetracycline, which can cause stains on teeth.
- Yellow, brown stained teeth.
If you are considering teeth whitening to brighten up your smile before summer contact us today!