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 have tried over-the-counter whitening treatments and they don’t just do the trick, 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 teeth) and dissolving the compounds that stain your teeth.
In-Office Teeth Whitening
While you may find success in keeping your teeth white using drugstore whitening kits or toothpastes, a professional teeth whitening treatment done by your dentist will provide you with the fastest, most dramatic improvements to your smile. Unlike these 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 over 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 usually still provide you with custom, take-home whitening kits with lower levels of peroxide that can whiten your teeth and avoid aggravating your condition.
Additionally, our whitening treatments do not work for patients with pre-existing teeth restorations like crowns, veneers, and bonded teeth. Similarly, teeth stained brown or gray do not respond to whitening treatments as well as yellow teeth do. If this is the case, teeth restoration treatments of your own may be a better alternative.
- 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.
- The dentist will make a mold of your teeth and send the mold to a dental lab that will make flexible plastic trays that are designed to slide over your teeth
- Next, the dentist will pair you with a peroxide whitening gel whose strength best matches your needs. The stronger the gel the faster the results, however, stronger gels can irritate your gums and cause tooth sensitivity.
- Every day you will squirt the gel into your custom trays and wear them around for a length of time determined by your dentist, typically somewhere between two and four hours.
- Take-home teeth whitening treatments typically last two to four weeks, however, you can typically expect whiter teeth within the first two weeks. If you experience sensitive teeth or gum irritation, stop your treatment and call us immediately.
Keep in mind, you will need to have any necessary dental procedures like fillings or cleanings done before you undergo your at-home teeth whitening treatment.
After the Procedure
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. 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
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!