Advice for Your First Teeth Whitening Appointment
Whitening your teeth at the dentist’s office can help improve your smile’s appearance without time-consuming, invasive procedures. It’s one of the most affordable ways to enhance how your smile looks.
But how can you prepare for your first teeth whitening appointment?
In this blog, we share our top tips for preparing for your first teeth whitening visit. Read to learn everything you need to know.
How the Professional Tooth Whitening Process Works
Teeth whitening at the dentist’s office is a quick procedure that can brighten your smile and your day. While it is an effective way to get a whiter smile, your teeth must be healthy and strong enough for teeth bleaching. The dentist can examine your teeth and determine if you are a candidate for tooth whitening.
Modern dentists use the Zoom whitening system. It allows the dentist to brighten your teeth by up to 8 shades in about 45 minutes. That’s a huge difference!
The dentist applies the whitening agent. Then, they use the Zoom Advanced Power Chairside Lamp to activate the gel and whiten your smile.
Preparing Your Teeth
Set your smile up for success by preparing for your treatment. Here are a few helpful tips:
- Begin with a dental cleaning and exam to remove surface stains and plaque buildup.
- Learn about the common causes of tooth stains to help prevent them in the future.
- Consult the dentist to determine if teeth whitening is right for your smile.
- Have toothpaste for sensitive teeth on hand to keep teeth pain-free after whitening.
Tooth Whitening Aftercare
One of the most common side effects of tooth bleaching is sensitivity. While professional whitening may not cause as much sensitivity as store-bought kits, it may still result in some. Using a desensitizing toothpaste is one of the best ways to combat this.
After your appointment, there’s a lot you can do to help keep your smile bright. Reduce consumption of staining foods and drinks, like coffee, tea, berries, etc. When drinking dark liquids, use a straw to limit tooth contact. Reduce tobacco use as much as possible, as it does yellow teeth. Follow diligent oral health care after whitening treatment, including brushing twice a day and flossing daily.