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Have you noticed your teeth look more yellow or dull lately?
It can be frustrating to look in the mirror and feel like your smile isn’t as bright as it used to be. Even with the best flossing and brushing habits, you’re still likely to notice your teeth take on a more dull appearance over time.
It’s not your fault, because inevitably, daily food, drinks, and lifestyle habits will gradually discolor your teeth, resulting in your smile having a yellowish appearance.
Luckily, whitening your teeth is one of the easiest things you can do to improve the appearance of your smile. Read on to learn more about how to whiten your teeth.
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In-Office Whitening Versus At-Home Whitening
Here’s what to expect when you choose to whiten your teeth in our office and when you opt to do it yourself at home:
Whitening At The Dentist: Opalescence™ Boost™
When you schedule a professional in-office whitening appointment, plan to spend about an hour in our office. We use Opalescence™ Boost™ to get great whitening results. We’ll make sure you’re comfortable in the chair, then apply a concentrated 40% hydrogen peroxide whitening gel to your teeth, taking care to protect your gum tissue against any chemical burns. The whitening solution will stay on your teeth for 20 minutes, and we’ll repeat the process up to three times. We’ll check the shade of your teeth along the way.
Whitening At Home: Opalescence Go™
When you take home an Opalescence Go™ kit, the best time to start using it is right after you’ve had your teeth cleaned by the hygienist. Even if you haven’t just had your professional cleaning, you should start by flossing and brushing your teeth to remove any plaque.
You’ll simply open a package containing one upper and one lower tray, and following the instructions on the box, wear the trays for the recommended time. You’ll do this once per day for 5-10 consecutive days, after which time you should see noticeably whiter teeth.
*Avoiding dark-colored food and drink during this time will help you achieve better whitening results.