What Is Teeth Whitening?
Teeth whitening uses chemicals called “peroxides” to remove tooth stains. These volatile chemicals react to the presence of stains on your enamel, snapping the chemical bonds that hold stains in place and “bleaching” your teeth. The result is a bright, beautiful, and natural smile. If you’ve got stained teeth in Oviedo, Dr. Leidy Riano Galeano is here to help. Contact us today to schedule a cosmetic consultation with your Oviedo dentist.
Did you know…
Tooth stains can be caused by drinks like coffee and tea, foods like curry or tomato sauce, smoking, or even the natural aging process.
How It Works: The Teeth Whitening Process
First, Dr. Riano will need to examine your mouth and make sure you’re a good candidate for teeth whitening. During your cosmetic consultation, she’ll discuss all your options for improving your smile, and make sure teeth whitening is right for you.
If you choose in-office whitening, you’ll come back for another appointment. Dr. Riano will clean your teeth and protect your gums, tongue, and lips. Then, she will apply a powerful whitener to your teeth and activate it with a special light. She’ll rinse this whitener away, then repeat the process a few times, until your smile has reached your desired shade. Then, you’ll be sent home to enjoy your new smile!
We also offer take-home whitening. Dr. Riano will take molds of your teeth and send these to a dental lab. The lab will make a set of reusable whitening trays that fit onto your teeth perfectly. Then, Dr. Riano will give you a set of professional-grade whitening products. You’ll follow her instructions to whiten your smile. With take-home teeth whitening, you’ll get the same results as in-office whitening, but on your own schedule and in your own home.
Teeth Whitening Options
In-office whitening uses powerful chemical whiteners, which Dr. Riano will apply to your teeth in our office. You can get a smile that’s up to 5-10 shades brighter in a single appointment, which means it’s great if you want to enhance your appearance for a special occasion.
With take-home whitening, you’ll get professional-grade results in the comfort of your own home. Dr. Riano will build a set of custom trays for you, and give you a set of whitening products, as well as instructions on how to use them. Then, you’ll just follow her instructions to whiten your smile at home. It usually takes about 2-3 weeks to get your full results.
Have Questions About Teeth Whitening? Get Answers Here.
Is Teeth Whitening Safe?
Yes. Professional teeth whitening treatment is 100% safe at Mint32 Dental. Dr. Riano is an expert in cosmetic dentistry, and she’ll take great care of you.
How Long Will My Results Last?
Typically, results last between 1-2 years after your treatment, but some patients can prolong their results with proper oral care.
How Can I Make My Results Last Longer?
Maintaining good oral hygiene is essential for keeping your smile bright and healthy, so make sure you brush twice a day and floss once a day. Come to Mint32 Dental for a teeth cleaning every six months, too.
You also may want to cut back on staining drinks like coffee and tea, or drink them through a straw to reduce stain buildup. Using ADA-accepted whitening toothpaste and mouthwash can also help prolong your results.
Is Sensitivity Normal After Teeth Whitening?
Yes. Most patients experience minor sensitivity, which wears off a few days after their treatment. If you know that you have naturally-sensitive teeth, tell Dr. Riano. She will adjust your treatment to keep you comfortable.