Are you planning on improving your smile with cosmetic dentistry? A smile makeover is a powerful transformation that can make you feel energized and confident while improving your appearance. As a society, we tend to view straight, white smiles as healthy and youthful.
If it’s time to spruce up your appearance, you likely have questions about your treatment options. For instance, many patients combine cosmetic dentistry treatments to achieve their desired results. This means that a person’s smile makeover could involve a combination of restorations, cosmetic enhancements, and teeth whitening.
Patients often wonder when teeth whitening comes into play during the smile makeover process. In most cases, teeth are professionally whitened before receiving restorations or cosmetic enhancements like veneers. This is done so that the materials chosen for restorations and enhancements can match the color of teeth. Teeth whitening before other cosmetic treatments is also beneficial because it can improve the appearance of other dental alterations. For example, a porcelain veneer can appear brighter and whiter if the tooth structure underneath a veneer is lightened.
How does professional teeth whitening work?
Professional teeth whitening is a great way to improve the overall appearance of your smile. Cosmetic teeth whitening can lighten your teeth up to eight to ten shades. Our practice offers take-home teeth whitening kits so that our patients can brighten their teeth on their schedules and in the comfort of their homes. When a person decides to try professional whitening, our dentist will prescribe a take-home kit that includes a prescription bleaching solution and custom trays.
To whiten, patients will simply dispense the appropriate amount of the kit’s bleaching solution into the custom trays and then place the trays over teeth. Trays are used so that the bleaching solution stays on teeth long enough to penetrate the enamel surface of teeth. Over time, regular use of take-home whitening kits will produce noticeable and long lasting results. Take-home whitening is convenient. People can whiten in the comfort of their homes at a time that suits their schedules.
For more information on cosmetic dentistry, call our team at Fresh Dental today to reserve an appointment.