What is Teeth Whitening?
Your teeth can begin to look yellowed, dull and stained for a variety of different factors. Professional whitening can be done to lift these stains and improve the overall appearance of your teeth. As a result, your teeth look brighter and healthier, and you may even look younger. Whitening can be done as an in-office treatment or as a take-home alternative that you do yourself.
Why would Teeth Whitening be needed?
Whether you’re a smoker, coffee drinker or have just taken medications in the past, your teeth might not be as white as you’d like them to be. Some patients choose to whiten their teeth before a big event, like a wedding or reunion. Others have their teeth whitened before placing restorations so that their veneers, crowns and bridge work blends in more seamlessly. Regardless of why you want to whiten your teeth, it’s important to consider professional treatment for effective, long-term results.
Who is a good candidate for professional Teeth Whitening?
Even the very best professional whitening systems will not lighten restorations anymore than when they were first placed in the mouth. If you’re looking to whiten your restorations, they will need to be replaced with ones of a lighter shade. However, most otherwise healthy adult patients can benefit from whitening. We can examine your teeth to determine if whitening is right for you.
What happens during the Teeth Whitening process?
For in-office whitening, we will have you sit in a comfortable chair in one of our dental operatories. We will then apply a whitening gel to your teeth, keeping your lips away from the teeth and preventing saliva from diluting the mixture. We then place a bright light over the teeth to accelerate the whitening results. The gel is removed and reapplied after about 15 to 30 minutes in the office. After an hour, your teeth are multiple shades whiter and brighter. For our take-home whitening, we make custom-fitted whitening trays by using impressions of your teeth and gums. You’re then provided with a patented whitening gel along with instructions on how to use the trays and gel at home.
If you’re interested in whitening your teeth, call our office today so that we are able to get you in for a complete consultation appointment.