Everyone wants to have a dazzling, bright white smile. However, over time, our teeth may become discolored due to various factors such as age, diet, smoking, and certain medications. This is where tooth whitening treatments come in. Whether you have a special occasion or want to remove years of stains, tooth whitening can help restore your confidence. At Fifth Avenue Dental Arts, we offer laser tooth whitening treatments to help you achieve that sparkling smile you desire.
How Laser Tooth Whitening Works
Laser tooth whitening is a cosmetic dental procedure that uses a specialized light to activate a whitening gel applied to the teeth. The light activates the gel, which penetrates the enamel to break down stains and discolorations. This results in a brighter, whiter smile in just one visit.
Before the procedure, Dr. Mojaver will evaluate your teeth to ensure that they are healthy enough for the procedure. Because the whitening solution can irritate any exposed nerves of a tooth with a cavity and cause pain, any cavities or other dental issues should be addressed before whitening your teeth.
How to Prepare for Teeth Whitening
As you’re getting ready for your teeth whitening appointment, there are a few things you can do to make sure you have a successful and relaxed experience:
- Brush and floss your teeth. It’s important to clean your teeth thoroughly every day leading up to the procedure. This helps to remove any surface buildup or food debris that may interfere with the effectiveness of the whitening gel.
- Avoid dark-tinted foods and drinks. Things like dark berries, curry, and drinks such as coffee, tea, and red wine can stain your teeth. Additionally, avoid acidic foods and drinks such as citrus fruits and soda as they can weaken the enamel and make your teeth more sensitive.
- Wear comfortable clothing. Layers and looser clothes tend to be best for dental visits. Think of it like you’re kicking back and relaxing (you might even get to watch your favorite show.)
When to Get Cosmetic Procedures Other Than Tooth Whitening
If you have other cosmetic dental procedures planned, it’s best to complete them after your teeth whitening treatment in San Diego. That’s because the whitening solution will only affect your natural teeth, but it won’t change the color of restorations like veneers or crowns. It’s best to wait until after your teeth whitening treatment when we’ve reached your desired shade. This will ensure that your new dental work is matched the color of your newly whitened teeth and everything blends in like you want.
Caring For Whitened Teeth
Tooth whitening aftercare is crucial in maintaining the results of your treatment. After the procedure, avoid consuming dark-colored foods and drinks for at least 24-48 hours, as the teeth may be more porous and susceptible to staining. Additionally, it is recommended to avoid acidic foods and drinks as they can make your teeth more sensitive. Brush and floss regularly, and use a straw when drinking anything that may stain your teeth. If you experience any discomfort or sensitivity after the treatment, talk to our dentist about desensitizing products; it can be helpful to use a sensitivity toothpaste to prevent minor irritation. Regular dental checkups and cleanings can also help keep your teeth healthy and white.
Will My Teeth Feel Sensitive After Whitening?
The most common side effect of teeth whitening treatments is tooth sensitivity. Because the whitening gel can penetrate the enamel and sometimes irritate the nerves of the teeth, it may cause temporary sensitivity. The sensitivity can range from mild discomfort to more uncomfortable “zinging” sensations that can last for a few seconds to several days. If you are experiencing unusual sensitivity, call us for additional aftercare recommendations.
Book Your Appointment
Laser tooth whitening is a safe and effective way to brighten your smile. However, proper preparation and aftercare are important when you want to receive the best results possible. By following these tips and visiting Fifth Avenue Dental Arts in San Diego, you can get the bright, white smile you’ve always wanted. Call us today to reserve an appointment!