By Smiles By RK
January 15, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Teeth Whitening  

Whitening your teeth provides a simple way to improve your appearance and boost your self-esteem. A teeth whitening session in the Hampstead, MD, dental office of Dr. Rudolph Klima only takes about an hour and offers impressive results. Read on to learn more!

 

How does teeth whitening work?

Your Hampstead dentist uses hydrogen peroxide gel to reach stains at their source. Once the gel oozes inside the microscopic pores in your tooth enamel, it breaks apart stain-causing pigments, leaving your smile brighter and whiter.

Although over-the-counter whitening products also contain hydrogen peroxide, the concentration is much weaker than the peroxide used in professional whitening agents. You may need to use drugstore whiteners for weeks or months before you see a difference in your smile. Professional whitening, on the other hand, offers results in just one visit to the dentist's office.

 

What happens during my visit?

Before your whitening session begins, your teeth must be cleaned thoroughly to remove plaque and tartar. This step is very important, as hydrogen peroxide can't penetrate either substance. If teeth aren't cleaned prior to whitening, they can appear speckled.

Do you have crowns or other dental restorations? Hydrogen peroxide won't change the color of bonding, cosmetic fillings, crowns, and bridges. If you want to ensure a consistently white smile after whitening, you may need to replace your restorations and fillings to match the new shade of your teeth.

Sensitivity can be an issue during whitening if the gel comes in contact with your roots or gums. Your dentist will apply a protective gel to your gums and roots and also use retractors to hold your gums and cheeks away from your teeth. After your roots and gums are protected, the whitening agent will be brushed on your teeth. Whitening results usually last several years, although you may be able to prolong your results by avoiding darkly colored foods and beverages like coffee, cola, tea, and berries.

Take-home whitening kits can also be used to whiten at home or for occasional touchups. The kits consist of trays custom molded to fit your teeth and a supply of hydrogen peroxide gel.

 

Give us a call!

Revitalize your smile with teeth whitening! Call your Hampstead, MD, dentist, Dr. Rudolph Klima, at (410) 374-9066 to schedule an appointment today.

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SMILES BY RK-Rudolph Klima DDS, FAGD
Cosmetic and General Dentistry
4519 Lower Beckleysville Rd
Hampstead, MD 21074-2613
410-374-9066