Even before you begin teeth whitening treatment, you want to know when you can begin to see results in your smile. The teeth whitening method you choose may impact your results. The extent of your tooth discoloration can also affect when you see results. We offer teeth whitening treatment as a part of the cosmetic dentistry services we offer for patients in Potsdam, NY, and the surrounding communities.
Different Methods, Different Results
Store-bought whitening treatments can take many weeks to work. Typical whitening gels and toothpaste may not even affect the shade of teeth, which is why we will recommend professional treatment. Our professional teeth whitening treatments can utilize take-home treatments or in-office care. We can create custom-made whitening trays for patients to take home and whiten their smiles. Patients will place gel in their trays to wear for hours a day. Our in-office whitening treatment uses a potent whitening gel that we apply to teeth. The active ingredients in the gel penetrate the enamel.
Most patients will see results from take-home teeth whitening treatment after a week, achieving maximum results after three to four weeks of treatment. In-office teeth whitening can create noticeable results after the first treatment. It can take multiple whitening rounds to create the desired result after one visit.
Maintaining Cosmetic Whitening Results in Potsdam, NY
We encourage patients to receive follow-up whitening treatments to maintain their smiles. Patients can also avoid foods and drinks that easily stain the enamel, including coffee, tea, berries, soda, and tomatoes. We also recommend that patients avoid tobacco products like cigarettes and vape pens. The nicotine contained in tobacco easily yellows the tooth enamel. Drinking enough water and staying hydrated not only helps prevent problems like dry mouth, but it can also wash away food particles that may stain the teeth.
Although it may seem simple, one of the best ways to keep teeth white is to brush and floss. Brushing helps remove surface stains and bacterial build up from teeth. Flossing can remove food particles from between teeth that can lead to bacterial buildup over time. Harmful bacteria can increase the likelihood of gum disease and tooth decay and can also discolor teeth. Using a whitening toothpaste can also help maintain bright teeth.
Do you want to brighten your smile? Have you been trying store-bought whitening treatments to no avail? Contact Dr. Nicholas Gardner for teeth whitening treatment today at [new_patient_phone_span]. You may also schedule a dental appointment with Dr. Gardner online. If you have any questions about whitening treatment or how to keep your teeth white, please let us know. We’re here to help you meet your cosmetic goals.