Tooth whitening, or teeth whitening, is a non- invasive process of brightening the smile. This applies to any product or procedure that restores teeth to their porcelain color. Many people long to have whiter and brighter teeth but are unsure how to make it possible. While you can find a whitening kit at home or whitening gels promising to provide a perfect smile, it is best to come in to see our team for a more advanced and effective solution.
Is Whitening Treatment Safe for Your Teeth?
The whitening process done in our office is safe. It is done under the supervision of your dentist. While there can be some side effects with products purchased otherwise, our methods are safe and reliable. We recommend avoiding tooth bleaching and other types of bleaching products when used at home. This can damage the gums or tissues in the mouth. Most often, this type of treatment is also less effective. Products like whitening strips and customized tray products from a box are less beneficial overall than visiting our office.
Who Benefits from Tooth Whitening?
Many people benefit from tooth whitening. It can be very effective for individuals who have:
- Yellowed teeth
- Stained teeth
- Discolorations due to food
- Dull looking teeth
- Healthy enamel, but it is discolored
If you are unsure if this process can benefit you, we encourage you to come in for a dental appointment. Our team will discuss the options available to you. Our goal is always to protect the tooth enamel, which is the outer surface of the teeth. It is not possible to replace the enamel, but we can remove surface stains from it.
What Methods of Tooth Whitening Are Available?
When you visit our office, we will provide you with a full assessment. We can then discuss in-house methods for restoring the natural color of your teeth. We are able to reverse the damage present, in many cases, giving you healthy and whiter teeth.
How We Whitening Your Teeth
After you come in for a dental appointment, we will then discuss your oral health. Remember, tooth whitening does not improve the actual health of your teeth. It does not protect the gums, either. For this reason, you may benefit from a dental cleaning before a whitening application. Your dental care provider will give you this information.
Then, we will introduce you to our whitening products. We use only products with an ADA Seal of Acceptance - and any over the counter products you may be considering should always use this as well.
With our method, we use a tray whitening system. This is not the same as using an at home product. Our products offer a customized tray - one we create with you during your first visit. We make an impression of your teeth for it. This then allows us to create a comfortable as well as reusable whitening tray. It fits properly and perfectly into your mouth. As a result, it creates the best contact with your teeth possible.
From here, we use a whitening gel applied to the inside of the trays to begin the process. This whitening treatment does not take long. It does not hurt, either. Rather, you will need to apply the whitening gel in the tray for the next few days. In doing so, it will work to safely remove surface stains from your teeth. We'll follow up with you to ensure you are satisfied with the results you get.
Other Types of Tooth Whitening Tools
There are other methods of teeth whitening out there. Some could work for you.
Bleaching Agents: We do not recommend using any type of bleaching agent at home until your dentist approves it. It is important to have a thorough dental exam before having this type of procedure done.
Whitening Toothpaste: There are many types of toothpaste on the market that promise to be effective and safe to use. Choose those with natural ingredients, such as baking soda. These are safe to use. Keep in mind that very expensive whitening toothpaste products may not be much better than other products. Properly brushing and flossing your teeth on a routine basis is more effective.
Whitening Strips and Trays: These products may work. They only work to remove discoloration, though. They are not likely to help you with any type of dental concern present, though. The active ingredient in them will vary - be sure it is one you are safe to use.
Can You Use Whitening Products If You Have Sensitive Teeth?
If you have any type of sensitive teeth, we recommend letting our team know before you visit. We can then determine what the cause of this is so we can treat it if necessary. Tooth sensitivity can occur for many reasons including decay and cavities. We'll need to treat those conditions to ensure you have the best possible outcome with any type of whitening product.
Why You Will Benefit From White Teeth
The investment in tooth whitening technology and resources like this can significantly improve your overall dental health and give you a boost of self-confidence. If you, like many other people, hate to smile or talk to others because of the lack of luster on your teeth or your dingy rather than bright smile, we can help you. White teeth do not necessarily improve the overall health of your teeth, gum line, or mouth, but it can significantly improve your overall oral hygiene if you continue to brush and floss on a daily basis.
How to Get Started with Teeth Whitening
If you are ready to consider how tooth whitening can benefit you, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with your dental care provider for a full consultation and oral health examination. We can then recommend methods for improving your smile, improving your oral health, and achieving the fantastic bright smile you are seeking from us.
Schedule a consultation for teeth whitening with our team today. Discuss your needs and goals with us right now to determine the best methods available. Call us at 480-838-3033 to schedule an appointment.
How Does it Work?
To give you the dazzling color you desire, we use a tray whitening system. First, we make an impression of your teeth – this allows us to create comfortable, reusable whitening trays that are custom-made for your mouth. Whitening gel is then used inside the trays over the next few days to painlessly brighten your smile. It's as easy as that!