Teeth whitening is a common cosmetic dental procedure that involves removing stains and discoloration from the teeth to improve their appearance. If you’re considering teeth whitening, you may be wondering what to expect during the procedure at the dental office. Here’s a general overview:
- Consultation: Before the teeth whitening procedure, your dentist will examine your teeth and gums to ensure they are healthy enough for the treatment. They may also take photographs of your teeth to compare before and after the procedure.
- Preparation: Your dentist will clean your teeth to remove any surface debris or plaque. They may also apply a protective gel or rubber shield to your gums to protect them from the bleaching agent.
- Bleaching: We will apply the bleaching agent to your teeth and may use a special light or laser to activate the gel and speed up the whitening process. The bleaching agent is typically left on your teeth for 15 to 30 minutes, and the process may be repeated several times.
- Evaluation: After the bleaching is complete, we will evaluate the results to determine if further whitening is needed. They may also apply a fluoride treatment to help reduce tooth sensitivity.
- Follow-up: We may schedule a follow-up appointment to check on your progress and provide additional treatments, if necessary.