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One of the simplest ways to improve the appearance of your smile is with a teeth-whitening treatment. If you find yourself becoming reluctant to show your smile to the world, you might be ready to reveal a brighter smile with teeth whitening in Roswell.
Are You a Candidate for Professional Teeth Whitening?
In-office teeth whitening, also known as power bleaching or chairside teeth whitening, is a professional treatment designed to provide brilliant, long-lasting results under carefully controlled conditions. Our dentists use a highly concentrated bleaching gel to help you achieve quick and reliable results.
In general, yellow-colored teeth with general discoloration caused by tobacco use or long-term consumption of tea, coffee, red wine, or cola typically respond best to teeth whitening. It’s also necessary to have healthy teeth and gums without any pre-existing dental issues. Teeth-bleaching treatments aren’t effective on all types of stains, however, including those caused by tetracycline antibiotics, exposure to too much fluoride, and tooth decay. In addition, restoration materials (fillings, bridges, veneers, crowns) aren’t affected by the bleaching process, so whitening treatments won’t change the color of these materials.
The dentist will thoroughly examine your mouth to determine if you’re a candidate for professional whitening and determine the cause of discoloration. Your dentist will also discuss your specific needs and goals and recommend the whitening treatment that will work best to improve your smile.
Is Teeth Whitening at Home Right for You?
Our teeth-whitening kits make it easy for patients to whiten their teeth at home at a time that’s most convenient for them. To begin the process, we’ll make a mold of your upper and lower teeth in our office, which is sent to a lab to create the customized trays you’ll wear at home. The whitening trays are clear and similar in appearance to a mouth guard worn while playing sports. You’ll receive instructions on how to fill the trays with the whitening gel and how long to wear them to achieve your desired whitening results. You’ll wear the whitening tray for about an hour every day, and within a two-week period, you can lighten your teeth up to six shades.
How Much Does Teeth Whitening Cost?
One of the primary factors in determining your teeth-whitening costs is whether you choose in-office whitening or a take-home whitening kit. Although at-home whitening kits are usually less expensive compared to professional treatment in our office, there are other factors that can influence your total costs, including how badly your teeth are discolored, how many treatments you receive, and if any follow-up treatments are needed.
Professional whitening treatments are considered a cosmetic treatment, so they’re usually not covered by dental insurance. To learn more about your teeth-bleaching cost, please contact us to schedule an appointment. After examining your mouth and discussing your dental needs, you’ll receive a cost estimate from your dentist.
Are Professional or DIY Teeth Whitening Products More Effective?
There are a lot of options if you’re interested in DIY whitening products, such as whitening strips and trays, toothpastes, and mouth rinses. If you’re considering over-the-counter products, it’s important to consider that the concentration of whitening agents in these products is much lower compared to what your dentist uses. This means that while you may see some minor improvement, it’s not possible to achieve dramatic whitening results with DIY products. There’s also the risk of user error when whitening your teeth at home. If the instructions aren’t carefully followed, these products can damage your teeth and gums, increase tooth sensitivity, and lead to inconsistent whitening.
When you choose an experienced teeth-bleaching dentist for whitening treatment, you get reliable, immediate results for a safe and pain-free experience. Our dentists use concentrated bleaching agents so you can see dramatic results right away.
What Are the Steps Involved in Teeth Whitening?
The procedure steps for an in-office teeth whitening treatment depend on the specific system used by your dentist. The following is an example of what occurs during a standard procedure performed by a teeth-bleaching dentist:
- To prep your teeth for treatment, they are examined and professionally cleaned.
- Photos of your teeth may be taken to assess your progress after treatment.
- A small device called a cheek retractor is placed in your mouth to expose all visible teeth.
- To prevent contact with the whitening gel, a protective liquid is applied to your gums.
- Next, the whitening gel is applied to your teeth. Multiple coatings of whitening gel may be applied and left on your teeth for a predetermined amount of time.
- A high-powered light may be used to enhance your results.
- After the last application of gel, your dentist will remove the cheek retractor and evaluate your results. If necessary, an at-home treatment or follow-up visit will be scheduled.
With teeth whitening in Roswell, our office has helped countless patients boost their confidence by helping them achieve a gleaming, white smile. To discover how you can benefit from teeth whitening, contact us today to schedule an appointment.