Teeth Whitening: Sure, Why Not?

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One of the treatments that Americans look for in Mexico is teeth whitening. Teeth whitening is non-invasive and all it takes is one visit to the dentist. Americans who live closer to the border often go to Mexico just to get their teeth whitened, whereas patients from other states see that it makes sense to add one more day to their trip and take advantage of the low cost of teeth whitening in Mexico in addition to the more complex procedure that justifies the trip. Many Americans from Phoenix, Flagstaff, Tucson, Scottsdale, Mesa, Tempe, Chandler, Glendale, Prescott, Yuma and Sedona, can simply drive or take a bus to Mexico.

Teeth-whitening involves several steps, none of which are long, complex, or painful.

The first step is cleaning the teeth, usually with instruments or ultrasound. This is to make sure that the teeth have no food remains, plaque or bacteria that might affect the procedure.

Then the dentist uses a chart to decide what shade of white he or she will target. If you are interested in a achieving a specific shade of white, you can have a conversation about it with the dentist before the procedure, although the chart and the dentist’s evaluation are better at assessing the best color for you. Therefore, if you aren’t looking for a specific color, it’s better to let the dentist decide the shade.

Before the whitening can begin, the dentist needs to protect your gums, cheeks, and tongue. He uses a variety of tools to do so. These include gels, latex protectors, cheek retractors, cotton rolls, gauzes, etc.

When the whitening begins, the dentist applies a bleaching agent to the teeth. The agent is painted or dabbed on the surface of each tooth, usually in gel or paste form. After the teeth have received the agent, the dentist lets the agent work for some time.

Finally, the dentist removes the bleaching agent. It’s important to note that after the procedure has finished, you won’t be able to eat or drink foods that might stain your teeth for 24 hours (or however long your dentist instructs). These include alcohol, carbonated drinks, juices, certain types of soup and vegetables, and others. You won’t be able to smoke either.

In practice, the procedure is much simpler than it sounds. So, if you’re coming to Mexico for dental care, why not add teeth whitening to the trip?

If you are interested in whitening your teeth in Los Algodones, please fill out the “Help me Find a Dentist” form. A participating dental specialist will reply to your needs.

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