Cosmetic dentistry is a field that focuses on improving both the form and function of teeth. Many are under the impression that cosmetic dentistry is vastly different than general dentistry, but that is not true. A cosmetic dentist undergoes general dentistry training and then takes their education further by learning about cosmetic procedures. Many general and cosmetic dentists perform the same procedures, with teeth whitening being one of the most common.
Teeth whitening in cosmetic dentistry
Below is an overview of teeth whitening, including how it works in cosmetic dentistry, as well as how it can be beneficial for individuals looking to improve their smile.
Professional teeth whitening
Professional teeth whitening is a common practice in both general and cosmetic dentistry. There are two different types of professional whitening that individuals can undergo based on preference, the practice and the dentist’s recommendation.
In-office teeth whitening treatments are known to be the most effective and the safest. During an in-office treatment, individuals will undergo a one-hour cosmetic dentistry appointment, in which their teeth are whitened using a strong dental solution. The solution is placed over the enamel of each tooth, and then a curing light is used to enhance the solution. Most individuals notice immediate results after just one appointment, though some may require follow-up appointments.
Another professional teeth whitening option that is frequently used in cosmetic dentistry is using take-home teeth whitening trays. Take-home trays are provided by the dentist based on the shade of the individual’s teeth. Usually, there will be 10-12 trays, which are to be used over the course of a few weeks. The individual will be provided with a special dental whitening solution that gets poured directly into the trays. Take-home trays can whiten teeth, but the results are not as effective as in-office treatments.
Individuals exploring cosmetic dentistry are typically looking to improve or reconstruct the way their smile appears. Teeth whitening is one of the easiest and most effective ways to achieve this. Additionally, there are many benefits that come with teeth whitening.
- Teeth whitening done in a cosmetic dentistry setting is safe, as the products used are handled by a professional
- The results of professional teeth whitening are quite effective, with some noticing results of up to 10 shades brighter
- Any resulting sensitivity can be addressed by the dentist at the same appointment, thus offering convenience
Find out more about teeth whitening
When looking for more information on teeth whitening and how it is used in cosmetic dentistry, it is best to consult with a general or cosmetic dentist. Questions can be answered, and an evaluation can be done in order to determine the most appropriate course of action, whether that be an in-office treatment or take-home trays. Reach out today to learn more or to get started with an appointment.
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