How Many Teeth Whitening Sessions Do I Need?

15 Jul 2019 by  admin in Whitening

before and after teeth whitening close-upCoffee, blueberries, wine, green tea… the list of things that can stain your teeth can seem endless. Pretty much any pigmented food or beverage can gradually dull your teeth and result in discoloration. This change can occur so subtly that you may not notice it’s happening—until you compare your current smile to older pictures of yourself.

When you decide it’s time to restore your brilliantly white smile, schedule an appointment with a cosmetic dentist. You’ll get results sooner than you might think. “Lots of our patients come in expecting to require multiple lengthy teeth whitening appointments. They are pleasantly surprised to discover they can get results much sooner than this!” says Dr. Nick at Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry in Suffolk County.

What to expect at your first appointment

In fact, one professional teeth whitening session is all you may need to achieve your desired results, especially if you choose the in-office option. An in-office teeth whitening session involves protecting the sensitive gums before applying a potent solution to whiten the teeth. This solution is then activated with a special light, which further enhances its effectiveness. By the time you leave, your teeth will be several shades whiter, and this is all most people need. If you have severely stained teeth, such as yellowish-brownish spots caused by smoking, you may need additional appointments. Your cosmetic dentist will put together a personalized treatment plan for you.

The other option involves custom-made take-home trays. These trays are custom-fitted for your teeth, which is one thing that sets them apart from commercially available whitening trays you’ll find at supermarkets. Because they are custom-fitted, they are effective at protecting your sensitive gums from the whitening solution. You’ll also get a stronger whitening solution than you could get in the supermarket. If you choose this option, you’ll wear one tray a day for 30 minutes at a time. Generally, patients can wear them for up to 10 consecutive days. However, you might not need this long to achieve your desired results.

When to schedule additional appointments

Even after achieving your desired results with either in-office whitening or take-home trays, you’ll find that the activities of daily living will gradually stain your teeth again. You can schedule an additional teeth whitening appointment when necessary to maintain your results. Some patients find that they need a touch-up appointment every four to six months.

Get personalized teeth whitening in Suffolk County, Long Island

Every person’s smile is unique. You deserve personalized recommendations that can allow you to optimize the beauty of your smile. Have questions about teeth whitening in Suffolk County? At Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry, we deliver a high level of customization to each patient, providing a full menu of cosmetic dentistry services. Our patients love our Sinsational Smiles®, which can allow you to leave the office with teeth several shades whiter! We also offer custom take-home trays that you can use at your own convenience.

Get in touch today to schedule a personal consult with Dr. Nick or Dr. Elliot in Rocky Point, LI.

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