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Aging and lifestyle can take a toll on your teeth, making them yellow and dull with accumulated stains and discoloration.
Heavily pigmented beverages like coffee and tea, tobacco use and acidic foods can cause your teeth to hang onto dark pigments that build up over time. Professional teeth whitening restores your smile’s bright countenance. This incredibly popular procedure is fast, simple and effective. To find out how your teeth bleaching dentist can help restore your gleaming smile, keep reading and call our office to schedule a consultation.
Professional Dental Whitening: What Is It?
In-office teeth whitening is a professional procedure performed in our office under closely monitored conditions. Also known as chairside teeth whitening or power bleaching, the procedure uses an extremely potent bleaching gel to achieve its stunning results. Because the gel is highly concentrated, we oversee the procedure to ensure that you have a pain-free, safe experience. That powerful bleaching gel is one of the reasons many people prefer in-office teeth whitening over do-it-yourself systems.
The procedure is most effective at lightening tooth discolorations caused by the buildup of food stains and long-term tobacco use. It is much less effective when used on tooth discolorations caused by internal tooth issues such as decay or by medication-based discoloration like you would find with childhood tetracycline use. Crowns, veneers, filings and other tooth restorations aren’t susceptible to the bleaching process, so they remain the color they were before treatment.
Before we treat your teeth, our dentist will first assess the health of your teeth and gums and identify the cause of your tooth discoloration. This ensures that we can determine the best type of treatment for your unique needs and deliver consistent, effective results. We’re excited to help you regain your gleaming smile, so schedule your appointment today.
Can I Professionally Whiten My Teeth at Home?
Many people find that they can get nearly professional results with our kits for teeth whitening at home. Made by your teeth bleaching dentist, these kits whiten your teeth by as many a six shades.
To make your custom-fit tray, we’ll first take an impression of your teeth. This impression allows us to make a tray that fits your teeth comfortably and snugly. When you pick up your custom kit, we’ll provide you with the trays, professional-grade teeth whitening gel and instructions on how to use the kit to get the best results. In most cases, you’ll use the tray for an hour daily for a two-week period.
How Much Is In-Office Teeth Whitening?
We understand that you’re concerned about the cost of your teeth whitening treatment, so we always provide you with a comprehensive treatment plan and cost estimate before we begin any work. Your individual teeth bleaching cost estimate depends on the kind of teeth whitening system chosen and the number of treatments needed. It’s also based on your follow-up care needs and whether we’ll need to blend the color of your crowns, fillings or veneers after treatment.
Should you Choose Professional or DIY Teeth Whitening Products?
There are many over-the-counter teeth whitening options, including whitening strips, rinses, gels, trays and toothpastes. These products are fine if you want just a little improvement to your smile’s luster. If you want more powerful, consistent results, though, your better option is professional dental whitening. Professional gels are much more potent that DIY teeth whitening systems, so you get more dramatic results that are more evenly presented. There’s a risk with over-the-counter solutions, too, that you can use the product incorrectly and irritate your gums. With professional treatment, you don’t have to worry about your results or gum irritation. We supervise your treatment so you enjoy consistent, noticeable results.
How Long Does a Teeth Whitening Procedure Take?
The duration of your treatment depends on how yellowed your teeth are and how white you want them to be. Generally, the procedure takes as little as 30 minutes or as long as 90 minutes. While each type of whitening system varies, most typical procedures include the following steps:
- Your teeth are cleaned.
- Photos of your teeth are taken so your dentist can compare your tooth color after treatment.
- A simple cheek retractor is placed in your mouth to keep your lips and gums away from your teeth during treatment.
- A gum-protecting liquid is applied to your gums.
- Bleaching gel is applied to your teeth. After it has remained in place for a time, it’s removed and another coat of gel is applied. This process is repeated several times.
- Sometimes, a special light is used to help advance your results.
- Once the last coat of gel is removed, your dentist evaluates whether follow-up visits or at-home treatments are needed.
We can help you if you’re ready for a whiter, more captivating smile. Call us today to find out if teeth whitening in Suwanee is right for you.