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Dental Solutions of Upper Darby
151 South 69th Street, Upper Darby, PA 19082

A dazzling, bright smile radiates youth and vitality, along with health and success. With all these benefits, it’s no wonder that in-office teeth whitening is the most popular cosmetic dental procedure. Additionally, the treatment’s affordability and immediately noticeable results make patients glad they chose teeth bleaching to improve their appearance.

Why Should I Visit a Teeth Bleaching Dentist for Teeth Whitening?

If you want significantly whiter teeth in less than two hours, see a dentist. In-office whitening is safe since you’re monitored by dental professionals. You will have consistent results with no surprises.

There are two types of stains which can mar your smile; intrinsic and extrinsic stains. Teeth whitening treatments remove extrinsic stains, which are in the enamel, such as tobacco and coffee stains. Intrinsic stains are in the dentin, on the inside of your tooth. You can have intrinsic stains from deep decay, an injury or too much tetracycline or fluoride. A teeth bleaching treatment won’t affect intrinsic stains. Talk to our dentist about covering intrinsically stained teeth with veneers. The bleaching gel won’t affect the color of veneers or crowns so you will want to wait till after your teeth whitening appointment to see about getting veneers. Your intrinsically stained teeth will appear darker once the rest of your teeth are whiter. Call our office and request a dental exam. Our dentist will want to make sure your tooth discoloration is not caused by a condition that will not respond to the bleaching gel. Our dentist will also check for decay and gum disease, which could cause painful irritation if not addressed before your teeth bleaching treatment.

What Does Teeth Whitening at Home Involve?

We offer whitening kits for our patients who prefer to bleach their teeth at home. Call us for a consultation and to have our dentist make an impression of your teeth. You’ll return when your custom mouth tray is ready. Our dentist will supply a strong whitening agent, which you’ll typically use for an hour a day for two weeks. If you prefer to whiten your teeth at home, use dentist-dispensed kits that have well fitting trays. Ill-fitting trays in one-size-fits-all OTC products can cause gum irritation.

What Will a Teeth Bleaching Treatment Cost?

Your teeth whitening cost depends on the system our dentist uses in your case, how many treatments your teeth will require, and whether our dentist will have to match the color of restorations. You can learn what your teeth bleaching cost will be by scheduling a consultation with our dentist. He or she will quote a price after performing an examination.

Are DIY Teeth Whitening Products as Effective as an In-office Teeth Whitening Treatment?

Whitening products that you buy online or in a local store cannot offer the same dramatic, reliable results that professional teeth whitening can provide. It does not matter how expensive the product is, only a dentist can use a professional-grade bleaching agent that can contain up to a certain percentage of peroxide. Even the most expensive teeth whitening gels or other products you can buy in drugstores and online only can contain 20 percent peroxide, and most have far less. OTC products can also cause tooth sensitivity and irritate your gums if the directions are not followed exactly. If you would like pronounced·results from a teeth whitening treatment, contact our office to set up an appointment.

How Does a Teeth Bleaching Dentist Whiten Teeth?

There are several teeth bleaching systems our dentist may use; however, the steps are basically the same. The steps include:

  1. A dental exam to check for problems, such as decay, that can cause irritation and a dental cleaning. It’s important to have your teeth cleaned first because the bleach cannot penetrate plaque and tartar.
  2. Our dentist will take a picture of your smile for an indicator of your starting color.
  3. You will have a cheek retractor placed in your mouth to expose more of your teeth.
  4. A protective gel goes on your gums to protect them from irritation from the bleaching gel.
  5. Our dentist will apply bleaching gel and leave it on for a set time before removing it. This step may be repeated several times. Some teeth whitening systems incorporate a light to enhance the results.
  6. When your treatment is over, our dentist will gauge the color change and assess your satisfaction with the final color.
  7. Our dentist will explain how you can maintain your results for as long as possible. Expect your results to last from six months to two years.

Expect your appointment to take 60-90 minutes, depending on the extent of the staining. It’s a painless treatment; you can relax while getting your dream smile.

If you would like to learn more about your options for teeth whitening in Upper Darby, call our office to schedule your consultation.

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