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Teeth Whitening for a Better Smile

Teeth whitening, done right, can give you a brighter and whiter smile in just a short amount of time. That's why it’s no wonder that it’s one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatments here at East Lyme Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in East Lyme CT and the whole world. Our dentists Dr. Sami Yousof and Dr. Joseph Palumbo have performed this procedure countless times. To learn more, talk to your Dentist East Lyme CT office today.

What’s Involved in Professional In-Office Teeth Whitening

Your dentist will use a combination of bleach and light or laser for speeding up the teeth whitening process. An appointment will typically take 30 minutes to an hour and you might need to undergo several sessions depending on the whiteness level you desire.

Your gums will be protected during treatment using a shield or gel before applying the bleach to your teeth. This bleach is significantly more potent than those used in OTC whitening kits because your Dentist East Lyme CT will be there to supervise the process and ensure your safety.

To enhance and maintain the results of your in-office bleaching sessions in between appointments, your Dentist East Lyme CT office will also provide you with a take-home whitening kit that contains a bleaching gel and custom mouthpiece, along with specific instructions for use.

It’s likewise vital to keep in mind that whitening isn’t permanent and your teeth would become discolored or stained again over time. Certain lifestyle habits like using tobacco and consuming food and drinks that stain will impact your whitening results in the long term. That being said, if you’re looking for a more permanent solution to your discolored teeth, consider porcelain veneers, or better yet, an extensive smile makeover.

A Crucial Note on DIY Bleaching

Refrain from using OTC bleaching kits, particularly if you have overly dark stains, dental crowns, fillings, and bonding because bleach won’t whiten these materials so they’ll stand out from the rest of the teeth. Additionally, overuse of OTC bleach can result in prolonged sensitivity and an ill-fitting mouthpiece could damage your gums.

Ready to Learn More? Contact Us

Get in touch with your dentist here at East Lyme Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in East Lyme, CT, Dr. Sami Yousof or Dr. Joseph Palumbo by dialing 860-451-9736.

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