Tooth enamel is hard but also porous, absorbing whatever you eat, drink or smoke. Over time, your smile can fade and darken. At Elite Smiles in Morrisville, Dr. Geetha Sripathi is the dentist to consult about brightening your teeth. She offers professional teeth whitening to give patients just like you the smile boosts they need.
What is teeth whitening?
The Oral Health Foundation succinctly defines teeth whitening as a professional way to brighten teeth without removing any enamel. Consisting of potent hydrogen peroxide gel, teeth whitening applications penetrate deep into enamel, effectively lifting out staining organic matter from foods, beverages, tobacco or some prescriptions (such as antihistamines).
Dr. Sripathi delivers this popular service to older teens and adults who have no decay or gum disease. Often, whitening completes a comprehensive smile makeover which includes porcelain veneers, composite resin bonding and other aesthetic treatments this skilled dentist offers in her Morrisville office.
The whitening treatment
At Elite Smiles, you may choose between in-office or at-home whitening. Both are fully supervised by your dental team so you know your teeth and gums will whiten safely and effectively--often up to eight shades in color.
If you choose in-office whitening, you'll spend about an hour in the dental chair. Your dentist will install a protective dam in your mouth and paint the whitening gel on your teeth. Rinsed off and re-applied, the gel lightens the enamel.
With the at-home version, you use custom-made whitening trays to apply the gel. You wear these acrylic appliances for a specified amount of time daily as your dentist prescribes.
Keeping a white smile
The effects of your whitening treatment can last for years. Just be sure to:
- Brush your teeth twice a day.
- Floss around and between your teeth daily for healthier gums and fewer dental stains.
- Get semi-annual cleanings and exams at Elite Smiles, along with whitening touch-ups as needed.
- Stop smoking.
- Drink your coffee, tea, and cola with a straw.
- Up your intake of water as it increases saliva which keeps your teeth cleaner and whiter naturally.
Love your bright teeth
Teeth whitening from Elite Smiles in Morrisville is easy and budget-friendly. Best of all, it really works. Why not take years of stains off your smile? Call Dr. Geetha Sripathi for your cosmetic dentistry consultation: (919) 388-0137.