If you are interested in dental teeth whitening please Contact Us to schedule an appointment.
If you are like the rest of us, you have most likely learned habits that have discolored your teeth over time. Examples might include; red wine, soda pop, coffee, and tea. A lot of people try an over the counter whitening product to see if it makes a difference, creating unnecessary expense. The power of “Professional Whitening” is amazing!
Is whitening for you?
Generally, whitening is successful in at least 90 percent of patients though it may not be an option for everyone. Consider tooth whitening if your teeth are darkened from age, coffee, tea, or smoking. Teeth darkened with the color yellow, brown, or orange respond better to whitening. Other types of gray stains caused by fluorosis, smoking or tetracycline are lightened, but results are not as dramatic. If you have very sensitive teeth, periodontal disease, or teeth with worn enamel, your dentist may discourage whitening.
How long does it last?
Results are often seen after one night. Lightness should last from one to five years, depending on your personal habits such as smoking and drinking coffee and tea. At this point you may choose to use whitening gel for a touch up. This procedure may not be as costly because you can probably still use the same mouth guard. The re-treatment time also is much shorter than the original treatment time.
How does it work?
Impressions are taken of your teeth and custom trays are carefully fabricated to closely adapt to the teeth. A whitening gel is applied to the inside of the custom fitted trays which are generally for 30 minutes.
The active ingredient in most of the whitening agents is carbamide peroxide, also known as urea peroxide; when water comes in contact with this white crystal it releases hydrogen peroxide which lightens the teeth.
How long does it take?
The system could take as long as two weeks to fully whiten your teeth or it could be as little as three days.
Is it safe? Any side effects?
Several studies, during the past five years, have proven whitening to be a safe and effective system for brightening the smiles of millions of people. The American Dental Association has granted its seal of approval to some teeth whitening products. Some patients may experience slight gum irritation or tooth sensitivity, which will resolve when the treatment ends.
What are realistic expectations?
No one can really predict how much lighter your teeth will become after teeth whitening from your dentist. Every patient is different. Typically, there is a two shade improvement as seen on a dental shade guide. The success rate depends upon the type of stain involved and your compliance. Whitening can only provide a shift in color from gray to a lighter shade of gray, for example. Whitening does not lighten artificial materials such as resins (fillings), silicates, or porcelains (crowns/veneers).
Contact Us for an appointment with Dr. Demboski or Dr. Christoff to have a whiter brighter smile in no time.