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Teeth Whitening

If you feel that your teeth need to be whitened, brought back to that color of baby teeth, Dr. Nash and staff can certainly take care of this for you.

Teeth Whitening Dentist • How White Can Dentists Make My Teeth?

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Life, in general, will discolor your teeth over the years. You can accelerate the process in several ways, including drinking colored liquids. Coffee, tea and red wine are some of the culprits.

Smoking contributes to the problem as well. There are certain medications that also may speed up the process. And, aging gradually brings with it that dreaded yellow shade.

Different methods will have different results, with bleaching being the most striking. Your dentist can do in-office treatments, or create for you a supervised home treatment plan. Dr. Nash can give you the pros, cons, and costs for both.

Procedures for Teeth Whitening

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The American Dental Association recommends a consultation with your dentist before beginning any tooth lightening program, which can be done during your regular check-up.

They will look for any problems with your soft tissues that might react to the process, conditions of restorations, and anything else that might interfere with the whitening or cause damage to your teeth.

Often light-accelerated bleaching is done in your dentist’s office. A bleaching solution is applied to the teeth after the gums are protected, and the whole procedure will take from 30-60 minutes. The results will normally last for about a year.

If you decide to do dentist supervised at-home treatments , you will use a tray of gel that will stay on for 15 minutes or more and be applied two or three times.

The dentist will take impressions of your teeth to be sure the tray is fitted precisely to your mouth so that there will be no damage to the gums or other areas .

(Over-the-counter gel treatments have “one size fits all trays” that really don’t fit everyone they way they should. The gel can seep onto gums which can be damaged by bleach.)

How Long Will the Whitening Last • Dentist Serving South Hill

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Not only is it faster and easier for your dentist to treat you in-office or supervise at-home whitening, but these treatments should last for a year.

Over- the- counter types will last at most for about four months. You can maximize your beautiful gleaming white smile by staying away from staining foods and beverages!