Dental whitening is one of the most common Powell, TN dental services. Nowadays, people are interested in doing everything they can to preserve their teeth and keep them healthy. Whitening is one of the most common ways to keep your dental hygiene intact. It usually takes just twenty minutes and is safe for anyone’s mouth to undergo.

Professional whitening typically involves bleaching the teeth and gums with either an in-office or at-home whitener. The whitening process removes stains to make your mouth whiter, reduces plaque buildup, and ultimately helps you smile more confidently. You can do your own at-home whitening using a kit; however, it is more advisable to visit a dentist and go for professional whitening.

Here is what professional dental whitening usually comprises of.

  • Removal of calculus or tartar

Calculus, also known as tartar, is a buildup of minerals and other organic materials that collects on tooth surfaces. It is usually a dark yellowish color and may look like it is in between the teeth or even on the outer surfaces of your teeth pillars. Calculus could be very harmful to your oral health because it contains acids that when left alone, can eat away the enamel of your teeth, causing cavities. 

  • Removal of plaque

Plaque is a sticky substance that forms on your teeth when you don’t brush regularly or when the foods or beverages that you eat contain excess levels of sugar and acids. In fact, plaque can lead to gum disease, bad breath, and tooth sensitivity.  So once the plaque is removed, you make it easier for your gums to heal and protect the teeth. Removal of plaque is a process that involves scraping and cleaning the teeth’ root surfaces.

In fact, calculus and plaque are among the major reasons why your teeth tend to get yellowish or stained. A professional cleaning can remove most of those stains using special toothpaste and gels. Over time, plaque tends to harden, making it resistant to toothpaste, so professional dental cleaning is required.

  • Teeth polishing

Teeth polishing is the final step of a teeth whitening procedure that makes the teeth shiny. Polishing your teeth is important to remove any excess materials that may still be on them after the procedure. Even if a person is not interested in getting their teeth bright white, they can still benefit from polishing because it will leave their teeth in better condition and make them more resistant to tooth decay and plaque build-up.