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As we age, our teeth are not as white as they once were. In about an hour, our dental team can help you regain a bright white smile that radiates youth and vitality. Chairside whitening is the most popular cosmetic dental procedure because of its affordability and the dramatic difference it makes in a person’s appearance.
Why Should I Choose Teeth Whitening at a Dental Office?
In-office teeth whitening gives you optimal results quickly. If you’re going to an event or have a job interview, sparkling white teeth will give you the self-confidence to smile often. People are drawn to a friendly smile. In-office whitening is safe since our dentist supervises the process. Schedule a whitening treatment at the dentist’s office if you want striking results. Professional whitening works best on staining from smoking and certain foods and beverages.
Unfortunately, teeth whitening cannot remove stains deep inside your teeth, known as intrinsic stains, such as tetracycline stains, darkening from too much fluoride as a child and discoloration from trauma. It also cannot change the color of crowns and veneers. Before you have a teeth-whitening procedure, our dentist will examine your teeth and make sure you are a good candidate for teeth whitening and let you know what results you can expect.
Call us to schedule an appointment if you’re interested in safe, professional teeth whitening. If you have several teeth with intrinsic stains, talk to our dentist about your options. Our goal is to give you the brilliant smile you deserve.
Do Dentists Offer Teeth Whitening At-Home Kits?
Yes, and these kits work better than any product you can buy over the counter since dentists can offer a higher concentration of the bleaching agent. To get a kit, you must come in for an exam to ensure that you are a good candidate for the treatment. If you are, the dentist will take impressions of your teeth to create custom whitening trays for you. You’ll come back to pick up the trays, your whitening gel and the instructions. Normally, you will wear the trays for an hour a day for two weeks. If you would like to whiten your teeth effectively in the comfort of your home, contact our office to make an appointment.
What Is the Typical Teeth Bleaching Cost?
We determine the cost of your teeth whitening treatment based on the whitening system your dentist uses and whether you may need a followup treatment to treat extensive staining. Also, if you have restorations, we’ll estimate the cost to even out the color. Please call us for an appointment. After performing an examination, our dentist can estimate the cost based on your unique situation.
How Do DIY Teeth Whitening Products Compare to Visiting a Teeth Bleaching Dentist?
You will never achieve the same level of whiteness with DIY whitening toothpastes, strips or other products as you will with a teeth whitening treatment at a dentist’s office. A teeth bleaching dentist uses a stronger bleaching agent than DIY products contain, so the results will always be better. OTC products will lighten your teeth a shade or two if they have mild stains, but you can get pronounced results in about an hour if you visit a dentist for a whitening treatment. Our dentist also has desensitizing products if you experience temporary tooth sensitivity. With DIY whitening products, you won’t have this option. Overuse of home whitening products can lead to pain along the gum line and tooth sensitivity. Call our office to make an appointment and our dentist can go over your expected results with you.
What Is the Normal Teeth Whitening Procedure?
While different teeth whitening systems vary slightly, the typical procedure involves the following steps:
- The whitening procedure starts with an exam to verify that you’re a good candidate for the procedure and then you’ll have a professional teeth cleaning so you’ll achieve the best results.
- Your dentist may take a photo of your teeth to gauge your progress or note your starting shade from a chart.
- A cheek retractor will be used to expose your teeth and keep the inside of your mouth and your lips away from the bleaching gel.
- Your dentist will apply a protective gel to your gums.
- You’ll have coatings of the teeth whitening gel applied, removed and applied again until your dentist feels you’ve achieved the optimum results. An intense light may hasten the process, depending on the system your dentist uses.
- Your dentist will assess the results and determine if you would benefit from a follow-up visit or a take-home whitening kit.
- Your dentist will explain how to make the results last for as long as possible.