Since our smiles dull with age and yellow with exposure to dark foods and drinks, many patients turn to teeth whitening to achieve a bright, lustrous smile. If you are unhappy with the color of your teeth, our cosmetic dentist offers in-office and take-home teeth whitening to help you revitalize your smile and your appearance.
Professional Teeth Whitening vs. Over the Counter Products
When you walk down the oral care aisle of your local supermarket or pharmacy, there is no shortage of toothpastes, strips, and rinses that promise to dramatically whiten your smile. While these products are widely available, they lack the strength to lift away deep, permanent tooth stains. Instead, over the counter products address surface stains with harsh abrasives or mild bleaching ingredients.
For safety and effectiveness, our cosmetic dentist recommends that patients forego store-bought products and opt for professional whitening treatments instead. Professional teeth whitening provides prescription-strength ingredients that can lighten a smile up to eight shades. Receiving professional treatment also helps prevent tooth sensitivity and irritation of soft oral tissues.
In-Office Professional Whitening
Our cosmetic dentist uses the Zoom! laser-activated whitening system for in-office treatment. This type of teeth whitening procedure takes about an hour and provides instant results. After applying protective gel and gauze over the gums and insides of lips and cheeks, our team will paint on a thin layer of a clinical-strength bleaching solution. Then, the special dental laser will hover over the mouth to deepen and speed up the bleaching process. After treatment, patients enjoy a dramatically brighter smile.
Take-Home Whitening Systems
In addition to offering Zoom! laser whitening, patients have the option to whiten their teeth in the comfort of their home. Take-home whitening is ideal for patients who prefer to whiten their teeth over the course of a couple weeks or those who want to maintain their newly whitened smile. Patients are provided with professional bleaching solution and custom-fitted trays with their take-home kit. This allows patients to whiten their smiles while cleaning house or watching television.
If you are curious whether you would benefit from teeth whitening treatments, call our practice at 972-539-0608 today to schedule a consultation.