We offer professional strength teeth whitening options that help you enjoy a beautiful, confident smile. Even if you grew up with white teeth, our enamel gradually darkens and collects stains over the years from the foods and drinks we enjoy. Certain medications can also cause tooth staining. Professional treatments are a fast and effective way to restore your natural glow or enjoy a whiter smile.
If you’re considering cosmetic dental treatments or a smile makeover, teeth whitening is a great place to start. Plus, it’s an extremely affordable way to make a huge impact on your appearance as a whole.
Most people who are starting to think about teeth whitening have already begun looking online or at the grocery store to see what’s available. There are plenty of DIY and take-home kits that can be purchased these days, but do they really work? The answer is “sort of,” but never as good as what you can get from a dental professional.
Why is this? Because over the counter whitening solutions are weaker and less concentrated. Yes, they can slightly lighten the color of your teeth, but it takes longer and the results are far less effective.
Instead, we can help you whiten your smile by several shades in the least time necessary. The results are also easier to maintain, making this option far more cost-effective. By the time you’ve purchased two or three kits at a store (with half of the results), you could have had your teeth professionally whitened!
Take-home whitening options get your teeth amazing white but in the comfort of your own home. Just wear your whitening trays filled with gel for about an hour a day, for 10-14 days. When you want to touch up, all you need is a tube of our prescription strength gel.
Getting the Most Out of Your Whitening Treatment
How can you make sure that your teeth respond the best way possible to your teeth whitening treatment?
•Have your teeth cleaned first. We usually recommend that most people have a checkup every six months. After your cleaning is a good time to touch-up your whitening at home.
•Drink lots of water. Avoid dark liquids like tea, wine, coffee, etc. If you absolutely must have that soda, drink it through a straw.
•With whitening at home, use the system as directed. Don’t overfill the trays and be sure to wear the trays for the appropriate amount of time.
Before you start your whitening treatment, we will use a shade guide to record the current color of your enamel. After treatment, we’ll record your new shade. You can see for yourself just how well a professional teeth whitening option works at our dental office.
Some people find that whitening their teeth can cause tooth sensitivity. Our dentists recommend using a sensitivity formulated toothpaste for at least one or two weeks leading up to your whitening treatment and during the entire course of whitening. This helps to protect sensitive nerve endings so that you don’t have to worry as much about this common side effect.
Exposed root surfaces are another reason why you might have sensitive teeth. When you whiten, it’s important to not have the whitening product come into contact with these areas. The roots of your teeth can be tender when it comes to external stimuli. If these areas are an aesthetic concern, we may want to consider covering them with dental bonding, a white filling, or gingival graft.
If you’ve been thinking about whitening your teeth, just ask! Your checkup is a great time to start. We can even fit you for custom whitening trays the same day if you’re ready to get started. Call us today!