Teeth whitening is a very popular cosmetic dentistry procedure that aims at improving your tooth’s appearance by restoring enamel to its natural color- white.
Professional In-Office Teeth Whitening
Teeth whitening performed in our office is far more powerful and effective than the treatments found at your local drug or grocery store.
Teeth whitening treatments performed in our dentist's office are guaranteed to whiten your teeth by at least a few shades. The severity of the discoloration on your teeth will determine how many appointments you will need until your they are completely whitened.
Advantages of In-Office Teeth Whitening
Over-the-counter tooth-whitening kits are less expensive than in-office treatments. However, there are advantages that in-office teeth-whitening procedures have over take-home whitening products. They include:
- Professional supervision
- Faster results
- Longer-lasting results
- Fewer sensitivity issues
In-Office Teeth Whitening Procedures
Types of dental-office whitening procedures may include:
Professionally Applied Tooth Whitening Products
These products are applied at a dentist's office, and have a higher concentration of hydrogen peroxide, a whitening agent.
Laser or Light Treatment
Whitening solution is applied to the teeth and used in combination with a special light or laser. Results can usually be seen after one session.
Custom Mouth Tray
A custom mouthpiece or tray is created by the dentist, and a peroxide-based whitening solution is given to the patient to use at home with the mouthpiece or tray.
In-office teeth whitening comprises a series of one-hour appointments at a dentist's office. Teeth will be examined and cleaned to make sure there are no cavities, loose fillings, gum problems or other issues that may be exacerbated by the bleaching process. A patient who chooses to use whitening products in combination with at-home treatment may be monitored by the dentist for results.
Whitening procedures are effective but their results are not permanent. Depending on the procedure used, whitening may fade over time. Patients are advised to avoid problem food and drinks that may stain or darken the teeth.
Common Causes of Discoloration
There are many sources of teeth discoloration, so we will only cover some of the most common culprits:
- Bad oral hygiene
- Dark berries
- Tobacco (or smoking in general)
Teeth whitening attempts to correct stains and damage that have accumulated over time from consumption of specific foods and drinks.
If you have any questions regarding in-office teeth whitening, then please call our office at 760.722.0137.