Dental Whitening Treatment That Works
It can be difficult to keep your teeth looking as white as you would like. Even people that do everything right – brushing twice a day, flossing, and seeing the dentist twice a year – have trouble maintaining a pearly, white smile.
When it comes to keeping your teeth white, there are plenty of things that can get in the way of maintaining a perfect smile. While your age and even your genetics can play a role in the yellowing or darkening of your teeth, the most important thing to watch out for is your diet and your oral hygiene. Teeth are often stained by beverages like coffee, tea, cola, and red wine. On top of this, smoking can cause your teeth to stain, turning them yellow, brown, or even gray.
If you’re not happy with the color or brightness of your smile, it may be time to talk to your dentist about a professional teeth whitening procedure.
What is Teeth Whitening
Professional teeth whitening is one of the easiest, most effective ways to brighten your teeth. In order to get the results you want, whitening treatments help reverse the discoloration of your teeth by penetrating the tooth enamel (the hard outer layer of the tooth) and dissolving the compounds that stain your teeth.
In-Office Teeth Whitening
A professional teeth whitening treatment done by your dentist will provide you with the fastest, most dramatic improvements to your smile. Unlike store-bought treatments that can take weeks to show results, our dentists are permitted to use a more powerful form of peroxide meaning we can whiten your teeth by several shades in just about an hour. If you need quality results fast, our in-office whitening treatment is a perfect way to suit your needs.
Am I A Good Candidate for In-Office Teeth Whitening
Due to the strength of the peroxide used by our dentists, not all patients are able to take advantage of our in-office treatments. If you have gum disease or sensitive teeth, higher-strength peroxides used by dentists may lead to irritation and discomfort. However, our dentists can still provide techniques and advice to help combat tooth sensitivity and whiten your smile.
- First, the dentist will record the pretreatment color of your teeth. This will help you (and us) measure how effective the whitening procedure is.
- Next, the dentist will treat your lips, tongue, and gums to protect them from the whitening chemicals, which could irritate or damage them.
- The dentist will then apply the peroxide whitening gel in 15-30 minute cycles and measure progress.
- The dentist will take note of the post-treatment color of your teeth and determine how many shades brighter your teeth are. In some cases, you will receive a take-home whitening treatment to keep your teeth looking just as white.
Keep in mind it is totally normal for your teeth to lose some of their whiteness in the days following the whitening treatment as your teeth re-hydrate from the procedure.
Take-Home Teeth Whitening
If you have not been impressed with over-the-counter whitening kits, our custom whitening trays can provide you with better results. Our kits include trays that are made from impressions of your teeth, allowing them to whiten all of the spots typical over-the-counter kits often miss. Unlike store-bought kits, our custom trays help keep the whitening gel from leaking into your mouth and hurting or irritating your gums.
Am I A Good Candidate For Take-Home Teeth Whitening?
Like our in-office treatments, take-home teeth whitenings are not for everyone. The whitening gels we offer can’t fix all stains, especially those that start inside the tooth (like discoloration caused by a root canal) unlike those on the enamel. Patients with bonded teeth, crowns, and veneers will not see any results from take-home whitening treatments but can look into alternative options for whiter teeth.
Take-Home Whitening Maintenance & Aftercare
It is totally normal for your teeth to lose some of their whiteness in the days following the whitening treatment as your teeth re-hydrate from the procedure. Our dentists will work with you to coordinate a take-home program to maintain your smile.
However, following your teeth whitening treatment, it is up to you to put your oral hygiene first. It is best to refrain from the foods, drinks, and tobacco products that cause stains if you want to keep your teeth looking pearly white.
Finally, if you experience any sensitivity or irritation in your teeth or gums, please get in touch with your dentist immediately.
How Long Do Teeth Whitening Results Last?
Teeth whitening procedures do not lead to permanently whiter teeth. While in-office whitening treatments can lead to months of whiter teeth, occasional “touch-ups” may be necessary over time.
If you are looking to start your journey towards whiter, cleaner-looking teeth, get in touch with us today for more information on how our treatments can help you look and feel your very best!