Teeth whitening is a standard cosmetic dental treatment that can dramatically transform your smile. Nowadays, several over-the-counter whitening treatments are available, but they don't deliver the same results as our in-office professional treatments. The bleaching solutions that we use at Alencar Family Dentistry in Chesapeake, Virginia, contain powerful whitening agents that give instant and effective results.
Benefits of Teeth Whitening
Having your teeth whitened offers many advantages, including:
- Reduces teeth stains and discoloration
- A brighter, fresher-looking smile
- Non-invasive treatment
- Customizable for each patient's unique needs
- Compatible with other dental treatments
Steps for In-Office Professional Teeth Whitening
Before going ahead with the teeth whitening treatment, Dr. Oliveira Filho will perform a comprehensive oral exam to ensure your teeth and gums are healthy. Not everybody can undertake a teeth whitening procedure. For example, if any oral problems like gum disease are diagnosed, they must be addressed before the whitening procedure.
Teeth cleaning is essential to make the whitening process as successful as possible. The cleaning will help eliminate plaque and food debris from the teeth and prepare them for the whitening procedure.
The next step is choosing the desired outcome for your teeth. For this purpose, Dr. O will provide a shade guide and discuss the whitening effects that will best suit your needs and preferences.
Protecting Your Oral Structures
The ingredients used in our professional whitening treatments are strong and should only touch your teeth. Hence, Dr. O will use protective barriers to prevent the solution from reaching your gums or your face or eyes.
Applying the Whitening Solution
Once your mouth is protected, the bleaching solution is applied over the teeth. Dr. O will use a laser to activate the whitening gel. Then, the bleaching agent is given time to work. Generally, the whitening agent is applied and activated for a twenty-minute period and this process is repeated until the desired shade is achieved. During the whitening sessions, you can check the progress using a mirror and the shade guide.
Once the whitening treatment is concluded, your gums and teeth will be thoroughly washed, and the protective barriers will be removed. Finally, you will be able to smile with renewed confidence.
To learn more about our teeth whitening treatments, visit Alencar Family Dentistry at 711 Greenbrier Pkwy Suite 101, Chesapeake, VA 23320 or call (757) 546-0301.