By Dr. Constance Smith
December 14, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Stained or yellowed teeth can really drag down your appearance or make you feel self-conscious. Fortunately, there is a quick and easy teeth whiteningsolution to this very common problem. A professional teeth whitening session can boost your smile and make you feel like a million bucks. Find out more about professional teeth whitening with Dr. Constance Smith and Dr. Liskiewicz at Connect, Create, Smile Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Jackson, MI.

Is teeth whitening right for me? 
If you feel as though your yellowed or discolored smile could use a pick-me-up, you could benefit from a professional teeth whitening session. A good candidate for teeth whitening should be over the age of 18 and in generally good dental health with no tooth decay or gum disease. If you have these issues, your dentist will treat them before administering teeth whitening treatments. Unfortunately, dental restorations like veneers, crowns and bridges do not respond to whitening treatments like your natural teeth. If the surrounding natural teeth undergo a whitening treatment, it could leave your smile with an uneven hue.

Professional Whitening Sessions vs. At-Home Kits
While at-home whitening kits found at drug stores can help whiten your smile, they are not as effective as quickly as a professional whitening session. In-office whitening is monitored by your dentist, allowing for the use of heavier and more powerful whitening agents. At-home kits may take weeks or months before providing you with noticeable results while one hour-long whitening session with your dentist could dramatically lift the color of your teeth.

Professional Teeth Whitening in Jackson, MI
Teeth whitening sessions normally last around an hour and do not require any recovery time, allowing patients to go right back to their daily activities after their appointment. While a small percentage of patients do report some teeth sensitivity after treatment, it normally resolves itself within a day or so. Results of your whitening session are immediately visible, but, unfortunately, are not permanent. Most patients see their dentist once or twice a year for touch-up sessions to keep their smiles white.

For more information on professional teeth whitening, please contact Dr. Smith and Dr. Liskiewicz at Connect, Create, Smile Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Jackson, MI. Call (517) 787-7520 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!