A brighter, whiter smile is important for that next photo, interview or date. Your Salem, NH, dentists offer their patients a solution to those teeth whiteningstained and discolored teeth.

There are two types of teeth whitening treatments provided: in-office teeth whitening or a take-home whitening kit.

The in-office procedure is quite simple and time-effective for the busy individual. Your Salem dentist will cover sensitive oral tissues, like your gums, and a device meant to retract your lips and cheeps will be placed in your mouth. The dentist will apply a strong whitening agent on the surface of your teeth and will allow it to sit for about an hour. When the hour is up, your dentist will remove the agent and your teeth should be whiter!

If you don't have time to visit your dentist for an hour, you can use the take-home whitening kit. A custom-made plastic mouth tray will be made for your teeth. One tray is used for the upper set of teeth and the other is used for the lower set of teeth. A whitening gel supplied by your doctor will be put in these trays, then placed over your teeth. In about an hour, your teeth should be whiter.

Take note of the fact that gel used at home is not as strong as the gel used by the doctor in their office. In-office teeth whitening gel contains a strong peroxide that only a professional should handle. Although using the take-home kit is more convenient, the process may need to be repeated several times before reaching the results you desire.

To avoid or reduce discoloration and stains, try to stay away from the following:

  • Certain medications may cause teeth to darken, like blood pressure medication.
  • Some food and drinks, such as coffee, tea or blueberries.
  • Tobacco and smoking are dangerous culprits for the color of your teeth and your overall health.

If you would like to know more about teeth whitening, you should contact your Salem, NH, dentists as soon as possible at (603) 893-4538.