Many people are satisfied with the sparkle they get from brushing twice daily with fluoride toothpaste, flossing once a day, and regular cleanings at the dentist’s office. However, if you decide you would like to go beyond regular care to make your smile look brighter, you should investigate all of your options.
Finding the Best Treatment for You
Schedule a visit with your dentist to learn whether whitening procedures would be effective for you. Whitening treatments are most successful in removing yellow, brown, or orange tinges incurred from aging, coffee, tea, or smoking. Most patients will experience dramatic results, though whiteners do not correct all types of discoloration. Patients who have tooth-colored fillings or crowns do not whiten at all. The whitener will not affect the color of these materials, and they will stand out in your newly whitened smile. In these cases, you do have other options, such as porcelain veneers.
Professional Teeth Whitening Options
1. Chair-Side Bleaching
Professional teeth whitening, an effective way to brighten smiles, is your best choice when you need immediate whitening results. This procedure is called chair-side bleaching and takes approximately 90 minutes. No anesthesia is required, and it’s perfectly safe.
During chair-side bleaching, a protective gel will be applied to your gums to protect the oral soft tissues. A bleaching agent is then applied to the teeth in a series of steps to achieve the desired results. In conjunction with the chair-side bleaching, we also take impressions and fabricate custom trays to be taken home to enhance the results.
Teeth whitening can have minor side effects such as sensitivity or soft tissue irritation. If you have concerns about such side effects, you should discuss them with the doctor.
2. At-Home Whitening System
You may prefer to whiten at home, and we can help with that, too. We’ll create custom trays to make home whitening comfortable. Each night for a week or two you’ll need to apply our professional-grade whitening gel to the trays, and then wear them at night. Within just a few days, you’ll notice a difference, and by the time treatment is complete, you’ll smile with confidence.