Not everyone was born with a smile as bright and white as they would like it to be. There are a lot of factors that can dull the color of your teeth, including genetics, aging, and lifestyle. The good news is that there is a simple, affordable procedure that can give you a smile many shades whiter than it is today. Tooth whitening is one of the most common cosmetic dentistry procedures around. Talk to your cosmetic dentist in Metairie about tooth whitening and find out if it is right for you.
Preparing for Your Tooth Whitening Appointment
You can either talk to your dentist about teeth whitening during a routine examination, or you can make a special appointment to discuss it. In either case, your dentist will determine whether you are a good candidate for teeth whitening by taking your unique health issues into consideration. He or she will discuss whitening options with you at that time as well, giving you an idea of what type of procedure you will be having.
At Oak Family Dental, we offer in-office or at-home professional teeth whitening. Both are effective, although in-office treatment usually shows more dramatic results in a shorter amount of time.
It is always recommended that you have your teeth professionally cleaned before you undergo teeth whitening treatment. If your teeth have plaque and tartar on them, the whitening effects will not be as dramatic.
Once you are ready for the whitening procedure, you will be shown a shade guide to first closely match the current color of your teeth. Then you can decide what your goal color will be—whether it is two shades lighter or 10 shades lighter. When the procedure is finished, you can compare the chart to your teeth after whitening to see if you have achieved the results you had hoped for.
After Your Whitening Appointment
You’ll want to avoid any kind of “staining” foods and beverages for a few days after your whitening procedure. It’s important to remember that the more of those types of foods and drinks you avoid, the longer your whitening results will last. Make sure you brush regularly to help resist any staining in the future.
Call Oak Family Dental, your cosmetic dentist in Metairie, if you would like your smile to be its whitest, brightest best! We look forward to meeting you!