Cosmetic Dental Treatment in Atlanta, GA
At Goldstein, Garber, & Salama, our mission is to help dental patients throughout the greater Atlanta, GA area achieve beautiful, healthy smiles through quality cosmetic dental treatment. As a multi-specialty dental practice, we offer a wide range of specialized dental treatments under one roof, including everything from general & preventive care to periodontal and oral surgery. Fundamentally, we believe everyone deserves to be proud of their smile – and if you're longing for a more beautiful smile, teeth whitening can help.
What Is Teeth Whitening?
Teeth whitening refers to any dental treatment that removes stains from teeth and leaves them brighter and whiter. Most teeth whitening treatments involve using a peroxide-based bleaching agent, but there are actually three ways to whiten teeth: teeth polishing, teeth bleaching, and microabrasion. All three of these treatments whiten the teeth, leaving your smile looking brighter and more beautiful.
For minor surface staining or patients seeking a natural-looking smile, tooth polishing is a quick, cost-effective way to improve the appearance of the smile. This treatment involves using a slow-speed handheld tool, combined with a stain-removing polish, to remove stains and brighten the appearance of the teeth.
The second approach is the most common and involves using a strong oxidizing agent, such as hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide, to lighten the teeth. The solution penetrates the surface of the enamel, then bleaches out stains to leave the teeth whiter.
There are two basic approaches to bleaching the teeth: in-office teeth whitening or at-home teeth whitening. An in-office whitening treatment uses a stronger, more concentrated solution combined with a special bleaching light or laser, while an at-home treatment uses a customized tray with a less concentrated bleaching gel. In-office treatments generally achieve greater lightening and take only one visit, while at-home treatments are more gradual and subtle.
Microabrasion involves using a specialized, concentrated stain-removing compound on the teeth to target more serious white or brown enamel stains over the course of a series of appointments. Microabrasion takes longer and is more involved, but it can eliminate heavier staining than the other methods.
How to Keep Your Teeth White After Treatment
Teeth whitening leaves your smile looking brand new, but it's important to take care of your smile in order to maintain the whiteness. For best results, you should brush your teeth after every meal with a whitening toothpaste, although brushing twice per day with a stain removing toothpaste still helps.
Ultimately, it's pigments from food that normally stain the teeth, so the less time you expose your teeth to colored, stain-causing foods and drinks, the better. Avoiding coffee or tea or using a straw to drink them can help prevent stains, as can avoiding other dark liquids and foods like red wine or tomato sauce. Smoking is another major cause of discoloration, so refraining from smoking is critical to maintaining a white smile.
Finally, we'd recommend following and professional bleaching treatment with a home-based whitening kit for longer-lasting results. Our Atlanta cosmetic dentists can help you choose the ideal at-home whitening treatment based on your specific needs.
Schedule a Consultation for Teeth Whitening in Atlanta
Whether through at-home teeth bleaching or in-office microabrasion, teeth whitening is a simple, effective way to revitalize the appearance of your smile. If you'd like to find out how teeth whitening can improve your smile and which method is right for you, we'd be thrilled to help: simply reach out to us at our contact page today. We can't wait to hear from you, and we look forward to helping you achieve a beautiful new smile through teeth whitening!