According to Mintel, an astounding 14% of Americans, roughly 45 million people, have undergone teeth whitening. Done incorrectly, however, over-the-counter whitening treatments could result in damage to your teeth such as extreme sensitivity and premature wear-and-tear. Here at the Norfolk, MA, office of dentist Dr. Mitchell Pasenkoff, teeth whitening treatments are supervised and certified safe even for sensitive teeth.
Interested in teeth whitening? Here is some essential info to know:
- Your dentist will thoroughly assess your mouth and factor in your dental and medical history to determine if you’re a good candidate for treatment. He’ll likewise consider what kinds of stains are on your teeth and examine any existing restorations such as bridges or crowns, if applicable.
- Depending on the severity of your teeth discoloration and the results you’re looking for, you can either opt for in-office teeth whitening or a take-home whitening kit. With an in-office treatment, your dentist will apply the bleach to your teeth and use laser light to speed up the process. With a take-home whitening kit, on the other hand, you’ll be given customized trays, a lower concentration of the bleaching solution, and specialized instructions on how frequently to use the kit.
- Teeth whitening solutions could increase tooth sensitivity when applied improperly and/or excessively. However, when under the professional supervision of a dentist here at our Norfolk practice, you won’t have to worry about any adverse effects.
- Following a teeth whitening procedure you may need to go to a follow-up checkup to ensure the treatment’s success. Make sure to limit your intake of coffee, red wine, tea, or any drink that stains the teeth. If you must drink these beverages, use a straw.
If you’re finally ready to get that white and radiant smile you deserve, call (508) 528-5351 to book an appointment with Dr. Pasenkoff's Norfolk office.