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In the business world, people associate white teeth with success. You will feel more confident with a radiant smile, which contributes to the impression of your success. We have patients who come in for a teeth whitening session before an important job interview because they know it is important to appear well groomed. White teeth make a good first impression and they will give your self-confidence a boost.
Why Should I Consider Chairside Teeth Whitening?
A dentist can customize your whitening treatment by adjusting the strength of the bleaching agent used. You can have gleaming white teeth or you can go for a more natural shade. Our dentist can help you select a shade that compliments your skin tone. You have dental professionals monitoring you during the procedure who will ensure your safety. In about an hour, you can have an attractive new smile.
There are two types of teeth staining; intrinsic and extrinsic. Extrinsic tooth discoloration won’t respond to the bleaching agent used in teeth whitening procedures. Intrinsic stains are deep within your tooth. Decay, defective fillings or too much fluoride can cause intrinsic stains. The bleaching agent cannot change the color of restorations, such as crowns and veneers either. The good news is that most of us have extrinsic staining, which comes from dark foods and beverages, age, and tobacco. These stains respond well to a bleaching agent.
Call us to set up a consultation with our teeth whitening dentist. He or she will examine your teeth and let you know if a whitening treatment will make your pearly whites white once again. If you have teeth that won’t respond to a whitening treatment, our dentist may suggest an alternative for these teeth, such as veneers. Our goal is for you to have a smile that makes you happy each time you look in a mirror.
Can I Whiten My Teeth in the Privacy of My Home?
We offer a teeth whitening at home service that will allow you to have a custom-made whitening tray and a professional-grade bleaching agent that works significantly better than tray whitening systems you can buy at a local drugstore. You will come in so our teeth bleaching dentist can take an impression of your teeth to make the whitening tray. It will take about two weeks, wearing the tray for an hour a day, to whiten your teeth. Call us to learn more about how at-home whitening can benefit you.
What Will Teeth Bleaching Cost?
We calculate your teeth whitening cost on the system our dentist decides to use, the number of treatments required, and the extent of the staining. If our dentist has to customize the bleaching agent to match the color of your existing restorations, this will also affect your cost. Call us for a consultation and our dentist can give you an estimate of your cost after determining your unique teeth whitening needs.
Is Professional Teeth Whitening Really That Much Better Than OTC Products?
A dentist can use a bleaching agent with a higher concentration of peroxide than what is found in over-the-counter teeth whitening products. These products are cheaper than having a teeth whitening session at the dentist, but their results are usually disappointing. Dentists can immediately lighten teeth up to seven shades, while OTC products can lighten teeth a shade or two over several weeks of use. If you want whiter teeth in an afternoon, call our office to schedule a consultation.
What Are the Steps of a Typical Teeth Whitening Procedure?
While there are several teeth whitening systems our teeth bleaching dentist can use, the typical steps include:
- Having a dental exam and a teeth cleaning to remove surface stains so the bleaching agent can reach the enamel.
- Our dentist will photograph your teeth and compare the image to a color chart to determine your beginning tooth color.
- The dentist use a cheek retractor to hold your mouth open since the procedure can last an hour or more.
- We either apply a protective gel to your gums or use a rubber dam so the bleaching agent won’t irritate them.
- We brush on coatings of bleaching gel, wash them off and then reapply. The bleaching agent stays on your teeth for about 15 minutes at a time. A special light may be pointed at your teeth, depending on which system our dentist uses.
- After the final application, our dentist reviews the results and decides if you will need a take-home touch up kit.
Our dentist will caution you not to smoke or consume foods and beverages that can stain your teeth for two hours after your teeth whitening session.
If you would like to transform your smile, contact us to arrange a consultation for teeth whitening in Media.