Are you becoming more and more self-conscious about the shade of your teeth? Do you cover your mouth when laughing to avoid showing off your not-so-pearly whites? When enamel becomes lackluster due to the frequent consumption of dark liquids like coffee, soda, or tea, and hurts your social life, it's time to address and solve the problem. For Columbia SC patients who are ready to make the change, Dr. Joel Johnson offers different whitening techniques to help them achieve the brightness they desire. If you're looking for more reasons to smile, schedule a consultation today to determine if you're a candidate.
Benefits of Teeth Whitening
Professional whitening can have long-lasting impacts on your personal and professional life. You'll no longer worry about the color of your teeth when making a first impression, socializing with friends and family, or during a special occasion. Other advantages besides an enhanced appearance include a more positive attitude and a healthier mouth that lowers your risk of tooth decay. Whitening in our Columbia SC dental office ensures that all extrinsic and intrinsic stains get removed, leaving your teeth healthy and strong.
Different Teeth Whitening Techniques
Dr. Joel Johnson offers two different types of whitening services to Columbia SC patients. These include:
- In-office - Mouth retractors will keep teeth dry during what is typically a 60-minute procedure. The dentist will apply a safe-bleaching solution to the enamel and use a curing light to activate the peroxide until reaching the desired shade.
- At-home - You'll receive custom-trays that the dentist will mold during your initial visit, along with the bleaching agent and instructions. Insert this solution into the trays and wear them for 60-minutes a day for two weeks.
Results are immediate, but to extend them, you'll require regular touch-ups at the dentist, avoid foods and beverages that stain the enamel, and practice adequate oral hygiene daily by brushing at least twice a day, and flossing at least once a day.
If you're consistently brushing and flossing to improve the shade of enamel but feel like you're getting nowhere, consider professional teeth whitening. Dr. Joel Johnson will assess the condition of your teeth and gums before deeming you fit for the procedure. For more information about teeth whitening and other services provided at our Columbia SC office, visit our website. For appointment scheduling, please call (803) 788-2555.