Teeth Whitening in Arvada

How Does Teeth Whitening Work?

While there are many different kinds of teeth whitening products on the market, all of the effective ones use the same basic chemical ingredients to whiten your teeth. These are called “peroxides.” Hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxide are both used in professional teeth whitening.

When a peroxide touches organic stains on teeth, the molecule reacts by snapping the bond that holds the stain in place. This removes the stain and restores the natural color of your enamel, “bleaching” the stain away. 

With professional teeth whitening at Candelas Dentistry, you may be able to whiten your smile up to 10 shades in just a single whitening session. Contact us now to schedule an appointment.

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Teeth whitening is the most common cosmetic dentistry treatment, and is also usually one of the most affordable ways to improve your smile.

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How It Works: The Teeth Whitening Process

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Before you can have your teeth whitened, you will need to get a brief appointment with Arvada dentist Dr. Kim so that she can ensure that teeth whitening is right for you.

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Preparing your teeth and gums

To begin your whitening appointment, your teeth will be cleaned and polished, and your gums will be protected with a special liquid that prevents the whitener from irritating your gum tissue.

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Whitening your teeth

Dr. Kim will apply a thin layer of peroxide whitener to your teeth, and will use a special UV (ultraviolet) light to “activate” the molecules and boost their effectiveness. After a few minutes, you’ll rinse away the whitener, and this process will be repeated several times until Dr. Kim determines that your teeth have reached your desired level of brightness.

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What Are The Benefits Of Teeth Whitening?

The most obvious benefit of teeth whitening is that it can reverse years of staining and yellowing in just a single appointment. Many people feel self-conscious about their smile due to stains and tooth discoloration. With teeth whitening in Arvada from Dr. Kim, you can feel better about your teeth, and feel more confident when you speak, smile, laugh, and eat among others. You’ll never have to hide your smile again.

In addition, teeth whitening can rejuvenate your appearance and help you look younger. This is because staining and yellowing may make you look older than you really are, so reversing these issues with teeth whitening will further enhance your self-confidence.

Finally, teeth whitening is completely non-invasive and offers fast results. It’s also one of the most affordable cosmetic dentistry treatments, making it a great option if you don’t have a lot of money to spend on your smile.

Does Teeth Whitening Cause Sensitivity?

Teeth whitening can make your teeth feel more sensitive. This usually only lasts for a few days after your treatment. However, if your teeth are naturally sensitive, you may experience additional sensitivity for a longer period of time.

We recommend discussing tooth sensitivity with Dr. Kim during your initial appointment. She may modify your treatment and recommend you take steps such as brushing with Sensodyne to help with your tooth sensitivity after your teeth whitening treatment.

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Perio maintenance appointments occur every 3 months to keep bacteria at bay.

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How Can I Deal With Sensitivity After Teeth Whitening?

Tooth sensitivity usually lasts only a few days after teeth whitening, but it can be pretty uncomfortable. We recommend using an anti-sensitivity toothpaste like Sensodyne to help with your sensitivity. Taking over-the-counter pain medication like Tylenol can also help. You may also want to avoid really hot foods and drinks (boiling hot coffee or tea) and really cold foods and drinks (ice water or ice cream), since heat and cold can worsen your sensitivity.

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How Long Does Teeth Whitening Last?

Teeth whitening can last anywhere from 6 months to 2 years or longer, depending on how well you care for your teeth after your whitening treatment at Candelas Dentistry. If you want to maximize your results, it’s important to maintain good oral hygiene, and to visit our office for a checkup every six months. We also offer teeth whitening touch-ups, which will help keep your smile bright.

How Should I Care For My Newly-Whitened Teeth?

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First, you’ll want to make sure that you brush twice a day and floss once a day. Good at-home oral hygiene prevents the buildup of surface stains from plaque and bacteria, and it keeps your teeth healthy, too. You also should see Dr. Kim every 6 months for preventive care. During your teeth cleaning, your hygienist will remove tartar that can’t be removed with at-home brushing alone, which keeps your teeth shiny, smooth, and bright.

If you want to keep your teeth bright, we also recommend reducing your consumption of staining beverages like coffee, tea, wine, and dark soda. Drinking these beverages with a straw can also help bypass your teeth, which makes the liquid less likely to stain your teeth.

Another good option is incorporating an ADA-accepted whitening toothpaste into your oral hygiene routine. Whitening toothpaste that contains a small amount of peroxide can help prevent stain buildup, keeping your teeth bright.

Does Teeth Whitening Affect Dental Work?

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No. The chemicals used to whiten your teeth will only react with your natural enamel. This means that teeth whitening doesn’t work on any kind of dental work. This includes fillings, crowns, bridges, dentures, dental implants, veneers, dental bonding, and any other non-enamel material in your mouth.

For this reason, Dr. Kim may recommend that you have other restorative or cosmetic procedures done before teeth whitening. For example, if you want to get veneers, it’s a good idea to get them first, before you have your teeth whitened. Then, once your veneers are in place, Dr. Kim can whiten your teeth to match the shade of your veneers. This ensures that your smile will look even, bright, and beautiful.

And if you already have dental restorations like crowns or veneers, don’t worry. Dr. Kim can whiten your teeth to match the shade of your existing dental work. She’s an expert in teeth whitening in Arvada, and will ensure you get the best possible results.

Am I A Good Candidate For Teeth Whitening?

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As long as your mouth is healthy, you’re a good candidate for teeth whitening. However, you can’t get teeth whitening if you have any serious oral health issues like cavities, gum disease, or tooth infections.

Any problems with your teeth and gums should be treated before you get cosmetic dentistry, such as teeth whitening. The best way to find out if you’re a good candidate for teeth whitening is to contact our team for an appointment.

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Teeth whitening can boost your confidence?

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