If you regularly visit a salon for hair coloring, you probably know it's important to arrive with your hair freshly washed and free of any products. Similar preparation should be done before you whiten your teeth to ensure the best possible results. At Santa Rosa Dental Care in Santa Rosa, California, these are the preparation tips our dental staff offers to patients who are interested in teeth whitening.
Check it out
If you're considering whitening your teeth, you'll want to make sure you understand your options and that your teeth are healthy. Your Santa Rosa dentists, Dr. Jeffrey Elliott and Dr. Peter Lyu, are available for consultation about teeth whitening; they will check your teeth for any potential problems and give you some insight about the whitening options available to you, both in-office and over-the-counter. These brief appointments can often be combined with cleaning sessions (see below).
Clean it up
Prior to scheduling your whitening appointment, make sure your teeth are free of plaque and tartar buildup by having them cleaned at Santa Rosa Dental Care. The descaling and polishing done by our trained staff will ensure that the surface of each tooth is able to retain the whitening compounds when they are applied.
Made in the shade
Your Santa Rosa dentist will provide you with a shade guide prior to whitening your teeth; this will allow both you and your dentist to decide how much whiter you want your teeth to be. Some people will only need two shades to achieve their desired results; others will require ten. Deciding on this ahead of time will help Dr. Jeffrey Elliott or Dr. Peter Lyu determine the concentration of whitening ingredients and how long to apply them. Teeth whitening appointments at your Santa Rosa dentist's office typically take less than an hour.
If you're ready to get started on your journey to whiter teeth, give Santa Rosa Dental Care a call today!