Here at Plancich Dental, we’re always talking about the power of a smile. More than almost anyone else, we understand that a bright, white smile can give you the confidence to be who you want to be, and live the life you want to live. Achieving that smile, however, can be peskier than you’d expect. The foods we eat and the things we drink have a bad habit of staining our teeth, and this can set back your teeth whitening goals.

Like all of your other oral health problems, undertaking teeth whitening at your dentist’s office is the best idea. While over-the-counter teeth whitening options are more prevalent than ever, the results can be shotty, frustrating, and expensive. These options also take a long time, which is inopportune if you need a quick whitening for an important event.

This blog post is going to take you through the advantages of professional teeth whitening at the dentist, so you can get your best smile as easily as possible.

What Does Professional Teeth Whitening Involve

Professional teeth whitening isn’t a particularly complicated process, but requires the skill of a dentist to be done correctly, taking about 60-90 minutes per session. First, the dentist makes a record of the current shade of your teeth, to show your progress. Your teeth are then polished, to remove plaque before the whitening. Then, your cheeks, lips, gums, and tongue are isolated to keep them away from the whitening solution.

After this, the front of your teeth are coated with the whitening solution, typically using hydrogen peroxide as the bleaching agent. Many whitening products require a curing light or laser to activate the peroxide, and then the solution is left on the teeth for 30-60 minutes, until the desired shade is reached. After this, your teeth are rinsed, and doused with fluoride, to help tooth sensitivity, a common side effect.

We know that you want a solution that meets your desires and lasts for a long time, so additional visits may be necessary until the exact whiteness shade you want is reached.

Why It’s Superior To Over The Counter Options

Now that you know the structure of professional teeth whitening, you can appreciate the advantages over OTC options. Getting your teeth whitening done in a dentist’s office ensures higher quality whitening, done as safely as possible, and as quickly as possible. No other option can combine these factors, which can make getting the smile you want frustrating and time-consuming.

If you’re interested in professional teeth whitening today, or just need a regular checkup, contact the team at Plancich Dental now!