The Columbia University College of Dental Medicine states that professional teeth whitening is one of the most in-demand cosmetic dental treatments available today. Brightening dull, yellowed, stained enamel by several shades in just over an hour at Dr. Douglas Huhn's Orlando office, teeth whitening safely lifts discolorations from tooth enamel.
It Doesn't Take Weeks
Because Dr. Huhn uses powerful hydrogen peroxide gel, tooth bleaching, or whitening, takes just one office visit. First, the dentist examines teeth and gums to ensure they are healthy enough for whitening. This means no active decay or gum disease. People with very sensitive teeth or receded gum tissue are not good candidates for whitening.
Then, Dr. Huhn and his team protect the gums and lips with a plastic or rubber dam which keeps the whitening gel right on the teeth. They apply the whitening gel and allow it to seep into the enamel. The gel actually reaches the second inner layer of tooth structure called dentin.
After about an hour, the gel is rinsed off, and patients view their newly brightened smiles. Results are quite dramatic.
The Science of Whitening
Teeth stain for two reasons. One, we put things into our mouths which, over time, cause discoloration. Red wine, blueberries, coffee, tea, soy sauce and other dietary choices lead to extrinsic stains. Smoking does, too.
Two, teeth get intrinsic stains as well due to aging, oral injury, some prescription medications and other factors. These problems are more stubborn but can still respond to whitening.
When the doctor applies the whitening gel, it oxidizes the staining material, loosening its hold on the chemical matrix dentists refer to as tooth enamel. Oxidation actually occurs on the molecular level. The more highly concentrated the gel is, the more quickly the whitening works.
So, teeth whitening in Orlando with Dr. Huhn and his staff takes just about an hour. Or, if the patient prefers to do whitening in the privacy of his or her own home, Dr. Huhn provides custom-fit whitening trays which hold a less concentrated gel. The patient wears them at home for a specified length of time daily for about a week.
Keeping It White in Orlando
Teeth whitening lasts anywhere from six months to a couple of years with good brushing and flossing at home. Six month check-ups and cleanings with Dr. Huhn and his professional team are also required. Patients should limit consumption of coffee, cola, and staining foods, and smoking cessation helps keep teeth bright, too.
To see if teeth whitening in Orlando is right for you, contact Dr. Doug Huhn, and arrange a cosmetic dentistry consultation. Get a whiter smile quickly! Call (407) 422-6281 for an appointment.