Choose From 3 Teeth Whitening Options
- September 17, 2018
If you’ve tried teeth whitening strips you bought at the drugstore, chances are your smile didn’t get as white as you would have liked. But don’t give up on getting a brighter smile! We offer three professional teeth whitening options, one of which will work for you.
The types of stains on your teeth will help determine the right solution for you, along with your lifestyle, your budget, and other factors. Call our Plainville, CT dentist office at 860-479-2397 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Thomas Peltzer. He’ll be happy to explain the pros and cons of each whitening method so you can make your decision.
In the meantime, we’ve provided some information for you to consider about each method. Your teeth whitening options are:
- Teeth whitening treatments, with a choice of a treatment in our office or professional-strength gel and custom whitening trays you can use at home
- Dental veneers, thin porcelain shells which cover the front surfaces of your teeth and conceal stains
- Dental bonding, a technique in which Dr. Peltzer applies tooth-colored resin to your smile to hide discoloration
Not All Teeth Whitening Options Work for Certain Stains
While professional teeth whitening treatments remove some stains, others are more stubborn. Intrinsic stains, which affect the inside of your teeth, can’t really be removed with whitening treatments. So you’ll likely want to cover them with bonding or veneers. Intrinsic stains are often caused by certain medications, overexposure to fluoride, a blow to your tooth, or aging. In addition, a whitening treatment will not brighten fillings, crowns, or other dental restorations.
Extrinsic stains, which darken or dull the enamel on the outside of your teeth, respond quite well to whitening treatments. These stains are often caused by smoking or by consuming staining liquids like coffee or cola.
You can get a teeth whitening treatment at our office, or we’ve got custom-made whitening trays and professional-strength gel you can use at home. For especially effective whitening, you can get a whitening treatment from us, then maintain it at home with our professional supplies .
If you’re in a hurry to get a white smile, an office treatment will brighten your teeth several shades in about an hour. It’ll take a week or more to get the same results with home whitening.
Consider Costs of Teeth Whitening Options
A whitening treatment is the least expensive teeth whitening method – at least at face value. However, you’ll need repeated teeth whitening treatments to keep your smile looking white. Dental bonding and dental veneers are both longer-term solutions.
Veneers should last at least a decade, and often much longer, if you take good care of them. The ceramic or porcelain veneers we use resist staining, so they should stay white for years.
Dental bonding should last at least a few years. The tooth-colored resin used for the procedure can stain. After a bonding treatment, avoid staining liquids as much as possible; rinse your mouth out with water after consuming them, if possible. You may also want to increase the number of professional dental cleanings you receive.
Both bonding and veneers can correct other cosmetic flaws. You can use them to cover imperfections like:
- Small gaps and/or minor misalignment
- Worn-down teeth
- Small cracks
Veneers can typically hide a wider range of flaws than bonding. They also help strengthen your teeth.
How Invasive Are Teeth Whitening Options?
Some teeth whitening options are more invasive than others. Whitening treatments, whether done at our office or at home, aren’t invasive. The gel is simply applied to your teeth. Bonding is also non-invasive. Dr. Peltzer roughens your teeth with an abrasive solution before applying the bonding material. When he’s happy with your teeth’s appearance, he “cures” it with a special light. Bonding can be completed in a single appointment, and it’s reversible.
Dr. Peltzer typically needs to remove a small amount of tooth enamel to apply dental veneers, though he will remove as little enamel as possible. The veneers process normally requires two visits to our office. You’ll have input in the shade of white used, as well as the size and shape of the veneers. Veneers aren’t reversible; If we remove enamel from your teeth, you’ll always need a dental restoration – a veneer or another option like a dental crown.
To book a teeth whitening consultation with Dr. Peltzer, call Gentle Dental Care 860-479-2397.