6 simple steps for teeth whitening at your home
One of the fastest, most convenient ways to enhance the smile is to whiten teeth. Since this professional treatment was first developed, significant changes have taken place. Adults can now visit their dentist for in office whitening in which bleach solution is initiated with an activation light. Some dental offices even offer laser whitening treatments. Still, tried and true home whitening designed by your dentist can achieve the desired result.
Home whitening trays provided by your dentist are not to be mistaken for commercial whitening strips. There is a vast difference between the two. Many have tried products that seem convenient and affordable, only to learn that they are highly ineffective. The whitening services designed by dental professionals work because the strength of the solution used is more concentrated, and the delivery of this solution is effective due to custom-made trays.
Even more importantly, professional home whitening begins only after your dentist has thoughtfully examined your teeth and gums. In order to prevent irritation or sensitivity from teeth whitening treatment, it is necessary to address any existing problems such as cavities or gum disease. Your dentist also assesses discoloration itself. Some types of permanent discoloration will not respond effectively to chemical teeth whitening, and they are better addressed with porcelain veneers.
Your dentist may recommend a professional cleaning before teeth whitening treatment. The benefit of a professional cleaning at this time is that the elimination of the natural biofilm that accumulates on teeth ensures whitening solution adequately reaches enamel. Teeth whitening trays are designed based on a model of your teeth. Made in a dental lab, these trays are typically ready for use in about a week.
Home teeth whitening is convenient, safe, effective, and comfortable. Within a few weeks, your smile can be bright and beautiful with only a few steps:
- Load whitening solution into tray.
- Brush teeth gently before inserting the tray.
- Keep the tray in for the duration recommended by your dentist. Times vary based on the concentration of bleaching agent in whitening gel.
- Remove the tray after the allotted time, cleaning any remaining gel from teeth using a finger or a soft brush.
- Rinse the mouth with water twice, being careful not to swallow.
- Rinse tray in cold water, thoroughly removing any residue.
Getting whiten teeth and a better smile does not have to be complicated. Your dentist has solutions that work. Contact our office in Vernon Hills for your teeth whitening consultation.