How Can Teeth Whitening Help Me?
A layer of tough enamel covers the outer layer of your teeth; enamel protects the nerves and other soft tissues deep inside your teeth. The color of enamel usually ranges from a light yellow to a grayish white. Beneath the enamel is a layer of dentin, which is a yellow-colored layer of hard, bone-like tissue that further protects your teeth.
Teeth with a thick layer of bright white enamel are typically best for an appealing smile. Stains and discolorations from foods and beverages, smoking, tobacco use, and even medications can dull your smile. Thinning enamel can also allow the yellowness of the underlying dentin to show through, which can detract from the brightness of your smile.
What Can I Expect?
While home teeth whitening kits are available, professional teeth whitening provides benefits home whitening does not. Professional teeth whitening involves the use of materials and techniques that offer superior whitening benefits without any of the risks of home whitening.
Professional teeth whitening begins with a professional cleaning in which a dental hygienist removes bacteria, food and other substances that can dull your smile. Next, Dr. Haggerty will apply a whitening gel to the surface of your teeth. The gel contains a form of hydrogen peroxide that has a bleaching action, which removes stains and lightens the color of teeth. Our dentist will then use a special light or laser to activate the gel and speed up the bleaching action.
In-office whitening at Leisure Dental takes 30 to 90 minutes. To get the most out of teeth whitening, you will need one to three visits.