Gentle Dental of New Baltimore
35521 23 Mile Road, New Baltimore, MI 48047
Your smile is your calling card. If your teeth are discolored, chances are your smile is not sending the message that you would like. Tooth discoloration becomes more common when we get older as stains from smoking and years of consuming certain foods and beverages accumulate on our teeth. Our safe and effective teeth whitening treatments can help you achieve a more radiant smile. Call today for more information.
Our teeth whitening process uses powerful bleaching gels to quickly and reliably remove built-up stains from tooth enamel. Unlike over-the-counter whitening treatments, our procedure uses highly concentrated gels that will provide noticeable results almost immediately. During your initial consultation, our teeth bleaching dentist will assess the underlying cause of your tooth discoloration to determine if the bleaching process is right for you. We will then help you find a whitening option that works for your needs and budget.
If your tooth discoloration is the result of smoking or consuming certain foods and beverages, the teeth whitening process may be right for you. The whitening process is normally not advised for discoloration caused by genetics, tetracycline, decay, and issues involving the tooth structure. It is also important to note that the bleaching process will not change the color of any dental restorations that you may have. Veneers, fillings, and crowns will remain the same color even though your teeth become lighter. Some patients opt to undergo additional repairs to change the color of their dental restorations.
Our dentist will carefully monitor each step of the whitening process to ensure your complete satisfaction. The typical whitening procedure involves the following steps:
Following the final coat of bleaching gel, the dentist will evaluate the whitening results and let you know if additional treatments are necessary.
We do offer personalized teeth whitening kits for use at home. If you and your dentist decide that at-home treatment is right for you, we will take an impression of your teeth to create a custom-fitted whitening tray. You will also be provided with professional-grade bleaching gel. Most patients achieve up to six shades of lightening in as little as two weeks by wearing their whitening trays for an hour a day.
The effectiveness of at-home teeth whitening options varies widely from product to product. Over-the-counter products are not as strong as those available from a dentist, so the results are not as dramatic, consistent, or long-lasting. There is also a chance for patient error, which can cause gum irritation or uneven results. If you want the convenience of whitening your teeth at home, we recommend that you purchase a kit from a dentist rather than from your local drugstore. We will provide you with everything you need to safely whiten your teeth at home and make sure you know how to use the products for the best results.
To learn more about the cost of our cosmetic dental whitening services, you should contact our office to schedule a consultation. After our dentist has evaluated your dental needs, we will provide you with an estimate based on the type of whitening system recommended, the number of treatments you will require, and any follow-up visits that may be needed.
Your diet and lifestyle habits play a big role in keeping your teeth looking good following a teeth whitening procedure. For example, smoking and the frequent consumption of coffee, tea, red wine, berries, tomatoes, and certain other foods can stain your teeth prematurely. Brushing or rinsing your teeth after each meal can help to reduce staining. Of course, you will still need to see your dentist at least twice a year for professional cleanings.