Excel Dental Care in Ellicott City, MD, has a lot of experience with high-quality cosmetic dentistry procedures. When it comes to teeth whitening methods, there are several options. It is a very common cosmetic dentistry treatment, but many patients look to over-the-counter options instead of making an appointment with a qualified dental professional.
For teeth whitening near you schedule an appointment with Dr. Maryam Roosta in Ellicott City, MD.
One thing that nearly everyone wants is a white smile. This becomes difficult to maintain over time. Food stains and a buildup of plaque turn teeth into off white or yellow shades instead of pearly white, polished enamel teeth. This leads people to seek whitening solutions to cover up yellowing teeth temporarily.
A lot of drug stores offer over-the-counter teeth whitening solutions. Brushing on whitening gels and peroxides can whiten teeth quickly. Each brand has different instructions, and it’s imperative to follow them closely for accurate results that will not cause any harm. One of the simplest but less effective ways to whiten your smile is by regular use of whitening toothpaste.
Whitening strips are also available over the counter. A lot of these strips are invisible once applied to teeth. These use a gel layer twice a day for half an hour each setting. After a couple of weeks, you should have white teeth that will last for a quarter of the year as long as you maintain proper oral hygiene.
Many adults find that their teeth do not respond well to whitening products available over the counter. Their teeth are deeply stained and need stronger options. Allowing your dentist to whiten your teeth is safer and more hygienic than any over-the-counter option. In as little as 30 minutes, you will have whiter teeth that last for a full year, unlike over-the-counter treatments that do not get teeth as white and last less than four months.
Dentists also can use LED light technology for whitening teeth. This allows them to whiten teeth without using peroxide or astringent chemicals that can harm patients. If peroxide treatments are necessary, dentists can restrain gums and prevent that peroxide from reaching anywhere except the tooth.
After a whitening procedure, your teeth are going to be highly sensitive to extreme temperatures. You can also experience irritation in your gums. If you have used an over-the-counter whitening treatment and these symptoms last for longer than a couple of days, you need to book an appointment with us at Excel Dental Care because these side effects are not normal.
Teeth whitening is also available in surrounding locations, including Woodstock, Catonsville, West Friendship, Columbia, Baltimore National Pike, and Marriottsville.