Do Dental Cleanings Whiten Teeth?

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Have you ever gone in for your routine dental cleaning and been pleasantly surprised at how much whiter your teeth look afterwards? Even though a normal teeth cleaning is completely different from a teeth whitening treatment, it can really make a difference.

The Beauty of Dental Cleanings

During a dental cleaning, your dental hygienist uses special tools and techniques to remove any plaque and tartar that’s built up on your teeth and around your gums. That’s one of the reasons that your teeth look whiter after the cleaning. Both plaque and tartar can have a yellowish appearance. Removing them gets rid of that yellow tint. Additionally, once all of the plaque and tartar has been removed, your dental hygienist will also polish your teeth. This may also remove some stains sitting right on the surface of teeth, giving them an even whiter appearance.

Advantages of Teeth Whitening

If you think about how much whiter your teeth look after a dental cleaning, just imagine how they’ll look with a proper teeth whitening treatment! With professional teeth whitening, bleaching agents are used to penetrate the teeth’s inner layers to tackle any stains sitting deeper inside. So while you may get the additional benefit of a whiter smile after getting your teeth cleaned, if your main goal is to brighten your teeth, then it’s best to book an additional appointment specifically for teeth whitening.

Brighter Smiles at Northside Dental

Your routine teeth cleaning does more than just brighten your smile. It allows us to monitor your oral health and catch any problems in the early stages. That’s why we want to see you every six months. If you want an added boost to your smile’s brightness, schedule a professional teeth whitening! You’ll have a whiter smile just in time for the approaching holiday season. Contact our Raleigh dental team today and we will get you all set up with an appointment.