Teeth Whitening After Care

By Dental Associates on December 27, 2011

When you have teeth that are severely stained or discolored, it’s important that you consider the various options available for Boston cosmetic dentistry. A skilled cosmetic dentist or dental care specialist will be able to make your smile much brighter and whiter through simple and effective treatments. No matter the cause or the severity of your tooth discoloration, we will have an effective treatment that is just right for you.

What causes tooth discoloration and dental stains to occur?

Dental stains and tooth discoloration can be caused by many different things. For one, sometimes dental stains and tooth discoloration are caused by certain foods and beverages, such as soft drinks, coffee, tea, red wine, curries, and beets. Tobacco products can also cause dental stains, of course (just another reason to quit or avoid them in general). Even the natural aging process will result in some discoloration. At our dental care practices in Boston and Waltham, we’ll let you know how your problem can best be addressed.

What can be done about dental stains and tooth discoloration?

There are numerous cosmetic and restorative dentistry treatments that are available to eliminate the appearance and severity of tooth discoloration. One of the most popular of these is teeth whitening treatment, which helps bleach stains and make your teeth whiter overall.

How Professional Teeth Whitening Works

During a Boston teeth whitening treatment, your teeth are thoroughly cleaned and then treated with a bleaching gel. This gel is applied directly to the teeth and is then exposed to a special light. This light will help activate the deep-penetrating bleaching properties of the whitening gel. It’s quick and easy, and the whole treatment only takes about an hour.

After Care Following Teeth Whitening Treatment

After you get teeth whitening treatment, you may notice some tooth sensitivity for a day or two. This is normal and will subside. It’s important that you avoid any foods that are too hot or too cold after your treatment and that you rinse your mouth with lukewarm water. This will help prevent any pain or discomfort in this early period.

Now, since teeth can stain again after teeth whitening treatment, it’s important that you take good care of your teeth to prevent staining. Brush after every meal and floss regularly to prevent decay and discoloration. Also make sure to visit our practice twice a year for your regular check-up. If needed, you can get another whitening treatment to help maintain the results.

Alternatives to Teeth Whitening Treatment

For severe tooth discoloration, one option to consider is porcelain dental veneers. These thin shells of dental ceramic can greatly improve the overall appearance of your smile if you have chips, cracks, major stains, or minor misalignments.

Contact Our Dental Care Practices in Boston and Waltham

For more information about teeth whitening and many other options for advanced aesthetics and dental care, be sure to contact our Boston cosmetic and restorative dentistry practice today. We all look forward to meeting you in person.

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