Teeth Whitening in Wauwatosa
How Does Teeth Whitening Work?
Professional whitening products use peroxides, which are highly-volatile oxygen compounds, that react violently when they contact an organic stain found on the enamel of your teeth. This reaction breaks the chemical bond that holds the stain on your tooth, removing it and brightening the enamel as a result. By doing so, these compounds can treat almost any external tooth stain.
Understanding The Process – In-Office And Take-Home Whitening
During an in-office whitening procedure, Dr. McCue will start by cleaning and polishing your teeth. Then, a protective solution is applied to your gums, and he will “paint” a high-strength whitening compound onto your teeth. An ultraviolet (UV) light is used to excite the oxygen molecules, further enhancing its whitening power. After this, you’ll rinse away the whitening compound and your smile will be brighter and whiter. This process typically takes about an hour.
Take-home teeth whitening provides more gradual results, which some patients prefer because it is more subtle and natural-looking. For this treatment, Dr. McCue will take dental impressions of your teeth in order to create customized whitening trays that are designed to fit perfectly around your teeth. You’ll take these trays home and fill them with a clinical-grade whitening gel. After just a few weeks, your smile will be up to 10 shades whiter!
The Benefits Of Teeth Whitening
- Affordable – Teeth whitening, compared to most other cosmetic treatments, is very affordable and efficient.
- Non-invasive – Your treatment will be completely non-invasive and requires no drills, needles, or any other dental tools.
- Restores self-confidence – Stained, yellowed teeth can make you look older and feel less confident. With a single whitening treatment, you can reverse years of tooth stains.
How Long Does Teeth Whitening Last?
This will vary for each patient, but most people have a much brighter smile for at least 1-2 years after treatment, and proper at-home oral care and hygiene can extend your results for even longer.
If you want to ensure that your results last as long as possible, there are a few steps you will need to take. First, make sure that you brush twice a day for two minutes, and floss once per day. Brushing helps prevent the buildup of plaque and tartar, which can discolor your smile.
You can also integrate an ADA-approved whitening toothpaste that contains peroxide into your brushing routine. Note that some of these products are not meant to be used every day, so consult with the manufacturer’s packaging for more instructions.
Seeing Dr. McCue every six months for preventive care will also help keep your smile strong and healthy, since he can check for dental health issues, and your hygienist at McCue Dental Health will scale away plaque and tartar and polish your teeth to keep them bright.
We also recommend cutting back on staining beverages like coffee, tea, wine, and cola. Drinking these beverages with a straw can also help minimize contact with the teeth, which prevents stains.
Finally, you should quit smoking or using any kind of oral tobacco product, if applicable. Tobacco use is very bad for your overall oral health, and can raise your risk of cavities, gum disease, and oral cancer, to name just a few issues. Not only that, but it stains the teeth quickly, which will ruin your investment in teeth whitening. Quitting smoking after you get your teeth whitened is a great choice.
How Often Should I Have My Teeth Whitened?
If you want to keep your smile as bright as possible, you may need to have your teeth touched-up every year or so, but most patients can easily go 2 years between professional whitening treatments with proper at-home care.
Always follow Dr. McCue’s instructions, and don’t combine professional whitening with at-home whitening kits. If you over whiten your teeth, you could permanently damage the enamel, affecting its appearance and causing it to become brittle and weak.
Does Teeth Whitening Make Teeth Sensitive?
However, this does not last long. Most patients will feel normal after just a few days, though patients who already have sensitive teeth may experience tenderness for a longer period of time. Fluoride treatments may be able to help with sensitivity, and Dr. McCue may also recommend that you brush with a toothpaste like Sensodyne to relieve excessive tooth sensitivity.
Schedule Your Appointment Today – Restore Your Smile!
To schedule your appointment, contact us at (414) 456-1091, or come to our office at 10625 West North Avenue, Suite 300, Wauwatosa, WI 53226. We hope to see you soon!