How to Prepare for Tooth Whitening at the Dentist’s Office

A pearly white smile will light up a room. Having a whiter smile is something that many people want, but it’s not something we are all born with. Not to mention the daily wear and tear of using our teeth will yellow them over time. 

If you’re looking to improve the overall appearance of your smile, professional teeth whitening at the dentist can help. 

But before coming in, you should prepare for your teeth whitening session. 

Keep reading to learn more about professional teeth whitening and how to prepare.

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Professional Tooth Whitening Process

Tooth whitening at the dentist is a quick and simple process. In just one 45-minute session, you can lighten your teeth by up to 8 shades. However, your teeth must be healthy enough to handle teeth bleaching. That’s why the dentist will assess your oral health and ensure that you are a candidate. 

The most common method used by modern dentists is the Zoom whitening system. This system can lighten your teeth by up to 8 shades a session. The dentist applies the bleaching gel and then uses the Zoom Advanced Power Chairside Lamp to activate the whitening agent and speed up tooth whitening. 

Before Your Tooth Whitening Session

There are a few important things you should do prior to your appointment. Here are the steps to take before teeth whitening at the dental clinic:

    • Attend a dental cleaning and exam to ensure your teeth can handle whitening. 
    • Assess any underlying causes of yellowing teeth with your dentist. 
    • Evaluate if professional tooth whitening is right for you. 
    • Purchase desensitizing toothpaste to use after treatment. 

After Tooth Whitening at the Dentist

Tooth sensitivity is the most common side effect people experience after whitening their teeth. Compared to whitening at home, professional tooth whitening tends not to cause as much sensitivity. Still, it can cause teeth to be more sensitive than before treatment, especially soon after the process. Using desensitizing toothpaste is the best way to mitigate this risk. 

Another thing to keep in mind is how you will keep your teeth white. The best ways to maintain whitened teeth are:

  • Reduce tobacco use
  • Limit consumption of dark liquids
  • Drink staining liquids (tea, coffee, soda) from a straw
  • Brush after eating and drinking 
  • Follow daily oral hygiene practices 

Teeth Whitening in Downtown Toronto

Now that you know how to prepare for teeth whitening, it’s time to visit Dr. Kinga Kubieniec Dentistry for your whitening needs. As part of our comprehensive dental services, we provide professional teeth whitening in Downtown Toronto. Our experienced team looks forward to helping you improve your smile. 

Book your consultation for teeth whitening in Toronto, ON today!

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