AT-HOME OR IN-OFFICE
Everyone loves a bright, white smile.
Today there are a variety of products and procedures available to help you improve the color of your teeth. Some teeth whitening procedures are done in our office with one visit. Other whitening agents can even be purchased over-the-counter. However, over-the-counter whitening agents will not whiten your teeth as quickly or as effectively as those delivered by a dentist.
Patients Teeth Before & After Teeth Whitening
Getting your teeth professionally whitened in a dental office is the preferred whitening method due to the fact that we’re able to better protect the rest of your mouth – including your gums – from the strong, but effective, whitening agent. The best whitening systems feature a buffer in the gel that protects the tooth enamel from damage, are extremely effective, and can transform teeth in a single office visit. Your teeth can literally brighten up to 10 shades in about an hour.
At-Home vs. In-Office Whitening
Typically, in-office whitening affects only the front eight teeth, but is a great jump start for take-home whitening, which is always part of an effective whitening program. We are qualified to handle any issues that may arise from whitening treatments, such as tooth sensitivity, which in most cases is easily managed. Tooth whitening can last for one or more years, depending on how well you take care of your teeth, and if you’re following up regularly with a home whitening product for regular maintenance.
Over-the-Counter Whitening Tips
Tooth whitening systems that you buy at your local market or drugstore have become popular, mainly because they’re relatively inexpensive and easy to use. There are a quite few over-the-counter tooth whitening methods that can be purchased without your dentist’s supervision. They include whitening strips, paint-on tooth gel, mouth trays with gel, whitening toothpaste, and even whitening gum. These are typically safe, but if you have oral concerns, it’s a good idea to come and speak with us to see if these products are safe to use. After all, while over-the-counter tooth whitening products are available, dentist-supervised tooth whitening remains the safest, most effective method for brightening your smile. Why? For one thing, over-the-counter tooth whitening trays do not often fit the patient’s mouth properly, which can cause the tooth whitening gel to leak, resulting in gum irritation and a less effective treatment. Also, many people have sensitive teeth, and with today’s dentist-supervised systems, even patients with sensitive teeth can undergo teeth whitening treatment.