When your teeth are stained or yellow, it can leave you with zero self-confidence. No one wants to smile for the camera when you're worried about the appearance of your teeth. Fortunately, if you live in Southbury and need a dentist to whiten your teeth, you can visit Dr. Gary Westerman. Read on to learn how he can rejuvenate your smile with professional whitening.
Tooth Whitening Process
Professional tooth whitening treatments contain 15 to 43% peroxide. While some dentists use bleaching treatments that can be performed in about two hours, other dentists require several office visits lasting between a half-hour to an hour. Heat and light are often used to accelerate and intensify the bleaching process.
Before beginning the process, your Southbury dentist will make note of the shade of your teeth. Next, the dentist will use pumice, a type of grainy substance, to eliminate the plaque from your teeth. To keep your teeth dry, your dentist will isolate your mouth with gauze.
Next, your dentist puts a rubber shield or protective gel on your gums. He then applies the whitening solution only to the front surfaces of your teeth. It's left on the teeth for 30 minutes to an hour, after which the solution is washed from your teeth. Finally, the dentist applies fluoride to the teeth to reduce any tooth sensitivity.
After the procedure, you need to wait 24 hours before consuming any food or drinks that contain a high level of pigmentation. Coffee, tea, yellow mustard, tomato juice, tomato sauce, red wine, candies, beets, red wine, and black grapes are all things you shouldn't consume until the conclusion of 24 hours.
Interested? Give Us a Call
Schedule your appointment with Dr. Gary Westerman's Southbury office by dialing: 203-264-5630.