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Why Someone Should Get Their Teeth Professionally Whitened

Teeth whitening can dramatically improve the appearance of your teeth, making them brighter and more attractive. This can boost your confidence & self-esteem, especially if you have yellowed or discolored teeth. Whitening can transform your smile by banishing severe tooth stains and discoloration. Our everyday lifestyle is constantly introducing our teeth to new stains through foods, drinks, and tobacco products. 

Many of us start our day with a cup of coffee, which is one of the most staining beverages you can drink. A combination of chromogens and tannins found in common foods and drinks are responsible for staining and when we consume a lot of acids, this wears down our enamel, priming our teeth for discoloration. 

While dental cleanings can remove surface stains, they’re unable to remove intrinsic stains that are located deep below the enamel layer of the teeth. This is where teeth whitening comes in to save the day. 

Whitening treatments use chemical whitening agents that contain hydrogen peroxide to bleach the teeth by breaking down staining compounds by penetrating below the enamel. Contact us at Hlavaty Dental Arts to schedule a whitening consultation.

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Did you know…

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Teeth whitening can last for 6 months to 3 years.


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What to Expect: The Teeth Whitening Process

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Dr. Hlavaty will consider the severity of your discoloration as well as the condition and sensitivity of your teeth to determine if you’re a good candidate for teeth whitening.

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To prepare for take-home whitening, we will need to take impressions of your teeth to create whitening trays for you to wear.

In preparation for in-office whitening, we will place a cheek protractor that holds your mouth open to expose all of your teeth. Desensitizing gel protects your gums from the whitening agent.

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The whitening agent is applied directly to the teeth during in-office whitening and activated with UV light, then rinsed out after an hour.

Take-home teeth whiteners will apply the whitening gel to the inside of their trays and place them over their teeth.

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To maintain your newly whitened smile, you will need to avoid smoking and consuming staining foods and drinks. You should practice good oral hygiene by brushing, flossing, and attending regular dental cleanings.

Did you know…

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Some patients with severe discoloration may need multiple in-office treatments.


Call (805) 564-3600 to book an appointment