Professional Teeth Whitening
Professional Teeth Whitening From Plainville, CT Dentist Office
Do you wish you had a much brighter smile? Good oral hygiene, with regular brushing and dental checkups, is the best way to keep your teeth free of surface stains and looking great. But sometimes those treatments are not enough to keep your teeth white. If your teeth are discolored or yellow, call our Plainville, CT dentist from Gentle Dental Care to see if professional teeth whitening is a good option for you.
With teeth whitening, there are a number of different options and we, in our office, provide a multitude of different solutions for whitening teeth. Some people want to do it on their own and save a little bit of money by buying Crest White Strips or something of that nature. I have no problem with that except they are not going to get the fine result they would get with in-office bleaching which we are more typically doing for patients. It is a 1 ½ to 2 hour procedure sitting in the chair where they can just kind of snooze and relax and dream and relax while the assistant or myself is doing the whitening of the teeth and then often times, we will combine that with take home trays that they actually utilize so that at some point in the future, because the teeth will eventually begin to darken down a little, so whenever they want, they have the material and trays at home to bring the color of their teeth back up to the original color that they achieved and were happy with and they typically have the materials or we have refills for them to supplement the gels they need to put into these clear trays. I have even bleached my teeth myself in the past walking around the office treating patients with my bleaching trays in and patients don’t even see them because they are that invisible.
Causes of Tooth Discoloration
- Drinking beverages that stain, like coffee, tea, red wine, and cola
- Eating foods that stain, like chocolate, berries, and other fruits and vegetables
- Tobacco use
- Certain medications
- Wearing down of tooth enamel, exposing the yellowish dentin
Will Teeth Whitening Work for Me?
The best candidates for teeth whitening or bleaching have healthy teeth and gums, without fillings or restorations (which do not respond to whitening). Not everyone is a good candidate for teeth whitening, so you should talk to Dr. Thomas Peltzer to see if it will give you the results you desire. If you have very sensitive teeth, your stains are very dark, or your enamel is thin, you may want to consider other options, like veneers or cosmetic crowns.
What Are My Options?
There are plenty of whitening toothpastes and kits sold at drugstores, but they often have disappointing results. Experts agree that professional whitening treatments at a dental office, or using professional-strength home kits supervised by a dentist, are safer and more effective. Gentle Dental Care offers both in-office and take-home professional teeth whitening.
Professional teeth whitening at our Plainville, CT dentist office offers visible results in one visit. Expect your appointment to last up to two hours. Whitening gel is applied directly to the teeth and activated with a laser or a special light. This process is repeated several times to lighten your teeth several shades. We can also give you a take-home kit for touch-ups to maintain your dazzling smile.
If you would rather do your treatment at home, we have professional-strength whitening kits that will brighten your teeth over a period of time. Just apply whitening gel to a custom-fitted tray that fits around your teeth. You will wear the tray for up to one hour a day or overnight. Visible results are usually seen within the first two weeks.
● Teeth whitening can cause tooth sensitivity and sore gums after treatment. It is normal and should go away after a short period of time.
● Whitening is not permanent. You must avoid stain-causing food and drink and brush very regularly to maintain your bright smile. Touch-up kits are available at our Plainville, CT dentist office.
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