Teeth whitening done in a professional setting is the safest, most efficient way to brighten your smile. First Dr. Rafaat covers your gums and lips to protect them from the whitening solution. A thin plastic device, a retractor, holds your lips and cheeks away from your teeth as Dr. Rafaat applies a professional-strength hydrogen peroxide gel. It stays on your teeth for approximately one hour. When he removes the gel, the difference is usually dramatic. Your teeth have gone from dingy to white!
Professional whitening in the office works faster and protects sensitive gums and tooth-root surfaces better than over-the-counter products. However, if you want to whiten your teeth at home, Dr. Rafaat makes a mold of your teeth and provides two flexible plastic mouth trays custom-made to fit you — one each for your upper and lower teeth. You’ll fill the trays with whitening gel that Dr. Rafaat provides and leave the trays on your teeth for about one hour. Teeth whitening at home usually takes more than one application, so it takes longer to achieve your desired effect than when done in the office.
Teeth lose their white appearance for several reasons:
Although you’ll see a big difference as soon as Dr. Rafaat completes the procedure, the full effects of teeth whitening don’t appear for about two weeks, so be patient!
You should avoid dark beverages for a few weeks after whitening, and when you resume drinking them, use a straw to lessen their exposure to your teeth. If you are having veneers put on your teeth, Dr. Rafaat waits for at least two weeks after whitening to ensure bonding and a proper color match.
Continue brushing and flossing every day; whitening is not a substitute for cleaning your teeth!