Are You a Candidate for Teeth Whitening?
Dental stains develop for a variety of reasons, but the most common causes include foods and beverages, such as berries, red wine, or coffee, whose dark color partially comes from heavily-pigmented molecules called chromogens. With regular exposure, these molecules begin to adhere to your teeth, resulting in a yellow or brownish tint. If you want to erase external dental stains, you may be a good candidate for teeth whitening.
Both in-office and take-home whitening can be very effective. Therefore, we will consider your budget, lifestyle, and desired treatment timeline when determining the right option for you.
In many cases, our teeth whitening treatment is combined with orthodontics, such as Invisalign® or traditional braces or other procedures for a smile makeover. Because food can be trapped around the metal brackets, for example, whitening can restore the color of your smile once your braces are removed.
Teeth Whitening Options
Teeth whitening is one of our most popular dental procedures. Both in-office and take-home whitening can be very effective, and our team will consider your budget, lifestyle, and desired treatment timeline when determining the right option for you.
In-office whitening offers immediate results, making it a suitable option if you are preparing for a special occasion like a wedding or graduation. You may also prefer in-office whitening right after your traditional braces come off, allowing you to unveil your dazzling new smile all at once.
During this treatment, your dentist will cover your teeth in peroxide-based whitening gel that uses oxygen molecules to break apart dental stains. Usually, the process is repeated three times to achieve the best results. The entire treatment takes less than an hour and involves minimum discomfort, since your dentist will make sure the peroxide gel does not touch your gums.
Though take-home whitening requires more time, it is a convenient and affordable alternative to in-office treatments. With this method, you can design your whitening routine to best fit your schedule.
When you opt for this type of whitening, your dentist will provide you with a set of trays, similar to Invisalign® aligners, that will fit securely around your teeth. At home, you will fill them with a milder form of whitening gel that chemically breaks down stains, leaving your smile noticeably whiter. Take-home whitening produces results in approximately two weeks if you consistently wear the trays for about 30 minutes a day.
The Benefits of Teeth Whitening
Teeth whitening is an effective and convenient treatment option that offers significant benefits. For example, a brighter, whiter smile can give you a more youthful appearance and improved self-confidence. Instead of worrying about how your teeth will look in photographs or in a professional setting, you can smile with complete confidence.
Contact Us for More Information
We strive to provide our patients with quality service that is time-efficient and affordable. To learn more about teeth whitening or to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced practitioners, contact our office today by calling (215) 245-5100.