Thinking about whitening your teeth? This is a popular cosmetic dental procedure offered by dental offices all over the world, including Dr. Michael White's practice in Chehalis, Washington. Although there are over-the-counter treatments available, the quality and results associated with an in-office procedure from your Chehalis dentist are much better. Here are a few frequently asked questions about teeth whitening:
How does teeth whitening work?
The whitening gel we use at Dr. Michael White's office in Chehalis reacts with the chemical makeup of the mouth to release oxygen. The oxygen then "attacks" the stains on the teeth to break them down and clear them away.
Does teeth whitening hurt?
Teeth whitening at your Chehalis dentist is designed to be a quick, comfortable process. You'll lie back in one of our comfortable chairs as your gums and lips will be protected using a flexible plastic guard. The peroxide-based whitening gel will then be applied by one of our experienced dental professionals. After approximately a half-hour, the gel will be wiped away and the mouth guards removed. You may experience some sensitivity of the teeth after the whitening procedure, but this is a temporary side effect.
How long will my whitening treatment last?
The results from an in-office whitening procedure are usually immediate. Some patients even achieve a smile that is ten shades whiter than before. With proper care, teeth whitening treatments from your Chehalis dentist can last a year or more. Taking care to limit your intake of red wine, coffee, tea and other foods and drinks with staining properties will keep your teeth looking bright long after you leave the dental office of Dr. Michael White in Chehalis, Washington. Follow-up treatments can be scheduled after six to twelve months.
The vast majority of our patients are thrilled with their results from teeth whitening. To start the journey to a brighter smile, give your Chehalis dentist a call to set up a consultation!