Teeth whitening done in our office is a safe, effective way to brighten your smile. It is also perhaps the most economical cosmetic dental procedure. Depending on the whitening method you choose, results can be dramatic.
Professionally supervised whitening will work faster - and protect sensitive gums and tooth-root surfaces better - than over-the-counter whitening products. Having an oral exam before you begin any whitening process is an important first step, as we want to make sure your tooth discoloration is not the result of a dental condition in need of treatment. We also want you to be aware that it can be risky to have whitening solutions applied to your teeth by untrained personnel in shopping malls. If you have any questions about which whitening method would be best for you, we would be happy to answer them.
Professional Whitening Methods
Professional whitening makes use of high concentration bleaching gels that are not available over the counter. We will work with you to customize the best whitening plan for you, including one or both of the following methods:
In-Office Whitening — This technique offers the fast results with the most powerful whitening solutions available. First, we will cover your gums and tooth-root surfaces with a protective barrier to ensure your comfort. A thin plastic device known as a retractor will hold your lips and cheeks away from your teeth as we apply a professional-strength whitening gel, typically in multiple rounds.
Take-Home Whitening — This is very effective way to whiten your teeth, though you will play a greater role in ensuring the best possible results. First, we will take a digital scan of your teeth and then make two thin, flexible, custom whitening trays — one for your top teeth and one for the bottom. You will fill the trays with whitening gel and then position the trays over your teeth. The trays are left in for about 30 minutes at a time
Caring for Your Whitened Smile
There are lots of things you can do to make sure your whitening results last as long as possible, and this will vary from person to person. First, please maintain your usual, conscientious routine of daily brushing and flossing and keep up with your regular schedule of professional cleanings at our office. Avoid foods and beverages that stain, including red wine, tea and coffee, for 48 hours after your whitening treatments. If you smoke, use your newly whitened teeth as an impetus to quit! A minor touch-up every so often, either at home or in our office, can keep your smile bright and beautiful for years.