Having Your Teeth Professionally Cleaned

For many individuals, flashing a bright and dazzling smile is of extreme importance. Not only is a great set of pearly whites healthy and attractive but can also be a huge asset in social or professional settings. For example, a salesperson or someone who works directly with the public would give a positive impression with a bright smile. Other occupations, of course, such as modeling or acting, almost require a nice set of teeth. This is one reason a great number of people have their teeth cleaned professionally.

Professional teeth whitening is a great option. In general, it can be completed with noticeable results in a short period of time. This procedure is almost always performed by a dentist. The cost of the work is the main difference when patients are considering their choices. A standard OTC kit to use at home is usually priced between $40 to $100. On the other hand, work in a dental office can amount to around $650 or more and may require multiple appointments.

In-office teeth whitening is really not considered a complicated procedure, but care must be taken to avoid injury to the gingival (gum) area. Also, costly equipment may be required to prepare and finish the work. The entire process can take 60 or up to 90 minutes to complete.

The procedure usually goes something like this: first, your dental team will polish your teeth and remove all plaque. Then your mouth will be filled with gauze to keep your teeth dry. Next, your teeth will be coated with a solution on the front surfaces. It will remain on the teeth up to one hour. When the desired shade is achieved the teeth will then be rinsed. Fluoride is sometimes applied at this point to easy any sensitivity. More visits may be required until the preferred shade is attained.

Upon completion, you will be advised to refrain from foods or beverages with a high level of pigment for at least 24 hours. These include coffee, tea, tomato sauce, tomato juice, yellow mustard or beets. These foods could undo some of the bleaching. It is also imperative to refrain from smoking or any other type of tobacco.

It is always a good idea to speak with your dental team regarding whitening treatment and if it is appropriate for you.  In the Chicago suburbs, a great dentist to contact is the office of Dr. Malik at (847) 724-1771. Located in Glenview, the doctor and his professional staff can answer all your questions about teeth whitening or any other dental procedures.