Teeth Whitening Specialist in Newnan, GA
Teeth whitening is a cosmetic dental process that is used to brighten and improve the appearance of teeth. Staining or discolored teeth caused by aging, certain foods and drinks, smoking, or poor dental hygiene are common indications that signal the need for teeth whitening. At Modern Family Dentistry, Dr. Michael Hampton provides teeth whitening procedure that is beneficial to increased self-confidence, enhanced cosmetic attractiveness, and a more youthful smile. For more information, contact us or schedule an appointment online. We are located at 7 Baynard Park St. A, Newnan, GA 30265.
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Having a beautiful smile can make first impressions that much better, as long as we are confident in the smile. It is incredibly common to experience varying degrees of staining on the teeth, as most people start their day with a cup of coffee or tea, and many consume different foods and beverages throughout the day or have habits that can contribute to further staining on the teeth. Teeth whitening is one of the easiest pain-free cosmetic treatments that can be offered in-office during your dental appointment, making them a great option for anyone who wants to boost their confidence with a beautifully bright smile.
The process of having teeth professionally whitened at a dental clinic often starts with determining the exact shade of the teeth initially so that the dentist can mix of a concentration of the bleaching product to achieve the desired shade result. The dentist will then clean the teeth properly to remove all plaque and tartar that may block the bleaching product from being put on evenly. Once the teeth and product are all prepped, the dentist will place a rubber dam on the over the teeth to prevent the product from making contact with the gums while the product is then painted onto the teeth. The bleaching product is activated using a light as it speeds up the reaction of the whitening product allowing for the bleaching of the teeth to occur a bit more quickly (typically taking around 30 minutes). Once the teeth are the desired shade, the rubber dam will be removed and the patient will rinse their mouth thoroughly to remove any remaining chemicals. It is common for dentists to finish a whitening treatment with a fluoride rinse to encourage the results for as long as possible and provide a beautiful shiny finish.
Dentists will typically recommend that their patients have their teeth whitened every 12 to 18 months, depending on how long the patient has been able to enjoy their results following treatment. Whitening treatments should not be done too regularly as they contain powerful bleaching agents that can be damaging to the teeth, making having the treatment done professional that much more important. Dentists can provide at-home kits as well for patients to whiten their teeth at their own convenience, typically needing to be done every 4 to 6 months.
Professional teeth whitening is often done using hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide-based gels that work to break down the stains when applied to the teeth. These two chemicals essentially are the same as carbamide peroxide reacts with saliva to become hydrogen peroxide, which releases oxygen free radicals that attract the molecules of common stains on the teeth, releasing the bond between the molecules and the teeth, allowing the molecules that caused the staining to be easily washed away. The addition of a light or laser that is often used during professional teeth whitening treatments in dental clinics is only used to speed up the chemical reaction, however, hydrogen works fairly quickly, allowing for the stain molecules to be released from the teeth within 15 to 60 minutes, depending on the amount of staining that needs to be removed.
While the results from a professional teeth whitening treatment are not permanent, the length of time that you will be able to enjoy the beautiful results varies significantly from person to person, lasting anywhere from 3 months to 3 years. Your dentist will provide from tips to help you prolong the whitened results for as long as possible, some of which will likely include avoiding consuming foods or beverages that are more likely to stain your teeth such as black coffee, red wine, dark teas, tomato-based sauces, and curries. Those who smoke regularly are also likely to experience worse staining on their teeth, so if you have your teeth professionally whitened, your dentist will likely recommend that you try to quit smoking and reduce consumption of foods and beverages that contribute to staining as much as possible to get the most out of your treatments.
Do you want to brighten your smile? We at Modern Family Dentistry offer teeth whitening services. For more information, contact us or schedule an appointment online. We are located at 7 Baynard Park St. A, Newnan, GA 30265. We serve patients from Newnan GA, White Oak GA, Raymond GA, Arnco Mills GA, Sargent GA, Madras GA, and Yates GA.