Teeth whitening works through a chemical process that lifts stains off of your teeth and restores their natural brightness. It uses a special category of chemicals called “peroxides.” These contain volatile oxygen molecules. When the peroxide contacts stains on your tooth’s surface, it destroys the bonds that hold the stain to the tooth. This “bleaches” the stain and removes it from your tooth, restoring the natural appearance of your enamel.
With teeth whitening in South Tampa from Dr. Bawany, you can restore your smile and your self-confidence, and reverse years of staining in just a single appointment. If you’re ready to enhance your smile, contact us today for a consultation.
Teeth whitening can’t brighten dental work like crowns or fillings, but Dr. Bawany can work with you to match their color and provide you with a bright, even, and beautiful smile.
To begin the process, Dr. Bawany will meet with you to perform an oral exam, and to discuss the cosmetic challenges that are facing your smile. He’ll work with you to discuss all of your treatment options including teeth whitening, veneers, and more. This way, you’ll always get the right treatment for your unique situation.
If you get in-office whitening, you’ll brighten your smile in up to 5-10 shades in just one appointment. Dr. Bawany will prepare and protect your gums and teeth, then apply powerful chemical whiteners and activate them with a UV light. Then, he’ll rinse away the whitener and repeat the process until your smile has reached the desired brightness.
If you choose at-home whitening, Dr. Bawany will create a set of custom-fitted whitening trays for your mouth. You’ll pick these up in a few weeks, along with a set of whitening products. Following Dr. Bawany’s instructions, you’ll whiten your teeth at home to improve your smile. Take-home and in-office whitening provide the same results, but take-home whitening lets you treat yourself on your own schedule.
After you have your teeth whitened, you’ll need to brush and floss regularly and see us for an appointment every six months to keep your teeth looking their best. Some lifestyle changes like cutting back on coffee or tea can also help you keep your smile bright and beautiful.
Your teeth are like sponges...they absorb stains.
Teeth whitening can make your teeth feel a bit more sensitive. This is nothing to worry about. After you’re done whitening your teeth, they’ll return to normal within a few days. But if you do have sensitive teeth, you should let Dr. Bawany know before you get them whitened. He can adjust your treatment to reduce sensitivity and keep you comfortable as you whiten your smile.
Most patients see the best results for 1-2 years after their initial whitening appointment. Proper at-home oral care, routine visits to Tampa Smile Co., and some lifestyle changes can prolong your results. You can also use whitening toothpaste and mouthwash to help prevent stain buildup. We offer touch-up appointments, too. So if your smile ever starts to fade, just get in touch with our team to get the cosmetic treatment you need to keep your teeth looking their best.
No. Professional teeth whitening is completely safe for your teeth. At Tampa Smile Co., Dr. Bawany will design a custom teeth whitening treatment that will provide you with the bright smile you deserve without harming your enamel.
However, in some cases, over-the-counter (OTC) teeth whitening kits can damage your teeth. These kits sometimes have dangerously high levels of peroxide whiteners. If you use them too much, this can strip away some of your enamel and damage your teeth, sometimes permanently.
Over-the-counter whitening kits can also cause gum irritation, since they're not custom-fitted to your teeth, and some of the whitener may come into contact with your gums during the bleaching process. For these reasons, we recommend avoiding most at-home whitening kits, and choosing professional whitening from Tampa Smile Co.
Yes, as long as they are ADA-accepted. While we do not recommend most over-the-counter whitening kits, ADA-accepted products like Crest Whitestrips are generally accepted as being safe to use at home, as long as you follow the package instructions closely and do not over-whiten your teeth.
However, you should not expect to get the same results from whitening strips that you would from a dentist near you. It can take much longer to whiten your teeth on your own, and they will likely never be as white as they would be with professional treatment at Tampa Smile Co.
First and foremost, maintain good oral hygiene. Make sure that you’re brushing at least twice a day for two minutes, and floss your teeth once per day. Brushing regularly helps prevent the buildup of surface stains, as well as plaque and tartar. This keeps your smile bright and healthy, too!
You also should come to Tampa Smile Co. for an appointment with Dr. Mohammad Bawany every six months. Preventive teeth cleanings help remove stains and tartar buildup that you can’t remove on your own.
In addition to this, you may want to consider incorporating ADA-accepted whitening toothpaste and mouthwash into your oral hygiene routine. These products contain very low levels of whiteners that can help you maintain your newly-brightened smile.
Finally, think about your diet. Some drinks, like coffee, wine, tea, sports drinks, and cola can stain your teeth. Consider cutting back on these drinks. And when you do drink them, consider using a straw to minimize contact with your teeth, and rinsing or brushing after you consume them.
This depends on whether you choose in-office or take-home teeth whitening. In-office whitening provides the fastest results. You can whiten your smile by up to 5-10 shades in just a single, hour-long appointment at Tampa Smile Co.
In contrast, take-home whitening provides identical results, but it takes a longer time to brighten your smile. You will usually need to whiten your teeth for 2-3 weeks to see maximum results. However, some patients actually prefer this, since the more gradual whitening process means that it’s less obvious that you have had your teeth whitened.
With proper care, your freshly whitened teeth can last two years!