Tooth discoloration can happen over time as our enamel wears down. The wearing down of enamel allows dentin, a yellow colored substance that makes our teeth look discolored. Teeth whitening will help lighten the shade of your teeth using high-concentration hydrogen peroxide and special laser-light technology. If you are considering teeth whitening, your cosmetic dentist in North Andover, MA is here to help!
We currently offer two different methods of teeth bleaching. Our take-home trays allow you to whiten your teeth from the comfort of your own home. This option is more affordable than professional whitening treatments, but it produces more mild results. Take-home trays use a mild level of hydrogen peroxide that will lighten your discoloration by a few shades. The treatment will gradually brighten your smile over the course of about two weeks. We also offer professional bleaching treatments right here in our office. This procedure lasts about 60 minutes and will lighten discoloration by several shades. Your cosmetic dentist in North Andover, MA will use a powerful level of hydrogen peroxide and a laser to speed up the chemical process. Your teeth will be visibly brighter, and will likely continue to whiten for about a day after the process. If you are considering whitening your smile for an event, professional teeth whitening will give you the most effective results immediately.
Maintaining Your Brand New Smile
There are a few measures you can take to help retain the whiteness of your teeth. Smoking will greatly increase the discoloration of your smile. Also, drinking liquids such as black coffee, tea, or red wine can leave teeth looking stained. Soda, balsamic vinegar, and soy sauce can also have a staining effect on your smile. The most important thing is to make sure you have a healthy dental care routine. Everything is okay in moderation, but be sure to brush and floss regularly. Even just rinsing your mouth with water after consuming a dark liquid can help prevent teeth discoloration. Ask your dentist about ways that you can help keep your smile looking fresh and bright.
Teeth Whitening Risks
There are some mild risks to teeth whitening. The most common side effect of teeth whitening is tooth sensitivity. This is nothing to be concerned about and can be treated with ibuprofen. If this occurs, consider switching to a toothpaste meant for sensitive teeth. Tooth sensitivity products usually contain potassium nitrate or sodium fluoride gel. Your gums may also become irritated from bleaching treatments, but it will go away naturally on its own.
If you have any questions about teeth whitening at EZ Dental, call your cosmetic dentist in North Andover, MA today to request more information. If you would like to schedule an appointment, you can reach us at (978) 788-9135, or you can fill out a contact form directly on our website and we will get in touch with you. We look forward to helping you achieve a bright and healthy smile!