Teeth whitening is the best way to restore natural tooth color. Removing stains, discoloration, and transforming teeth to a white color can take years off your face and give you a beautiful smile. Teeth whitening has become the most requested procedure in cosmetic dentistry today.
In-Office Teeth Whitening
In-office teeth whitening is one of today’s most popular cosmetic dental procedures. A dentist will use a whitening system that bleaches the teeth safely, effectively, and painlessly. Whitening trays made by our dental office can transform the teeth anywhere from three to eight shades lighter. Plastic whitening trays will be made from models of your teeth. You will then place a special whitening gel in each tray and wear the trays in your mouth for an hour each day. (Many patients wear their trays after dinner and before bed). A significant change in tooth color is usually seen in just a few weeks.
Advantages to in-office made trays for whitening include:
- Highly effective and dramatic results
- Safety – bleaching teeth with a dentist is safe.
Disadvantages to in-office whitening:
- You may experience some gum or tooth sensitivity.
- It is not a permanent solution. Over time, your teeth will darken and stain due to foods, beverages, and aging.
At-Home Teeth Whitening
Some commercially available “whitening toothpastes” can be somewhat effective at removing stains and making teeth a few shades brighter. However, many of these products have abrasive substances that can actually wear away your tooth’s enamel.
In Office Teeth Whitening
Accelerated whitening is another option for some patients. This process can result in whiter, brighter teeth in just one office visit. Please consult with the dentist to see if this procedure may work for you. Occasionally, teeth may be stained in a way that limits the effectiveness of teeth whitening. In those instances, porcelain laminates or crowns are an excellent alternative.
What to Expect After Whitening
Teeth whitening is not permanent – you should continue to follow up with whitening procedures at the recommended time frame. The best way to keep your teeth white and bright is to avoid dark beverages such as coffee, soda, and red wine, to avoid tobacco, and to take good care of your teeth.
Schedule An Appointment
Teeth whitening can take place over one to two dental visits. To discuss the best teeth whitening option for you, please call us today to schedule an appointment at (734) 464-8020.