Teeth whitening is one of the simplest and least expensive cosmetic dental procedures. It lightens teeth and helps remove stains and discoloration. Most dentists perform teeth whitening as a dedicated cosmetic procedure to help improve the appearance of your smile.
What Is Professional Teeth Whitening?
Professional teeth whitening is a cosmetic treatment that uses a peroxide-based solution to remove stains caused by foods, beverages, and tobacco use from teeth. While over-the-counter whitening kits are available at drugstores, they are only minimally effective on severe staining. Only a dentist can determine if professional teeth whitening will benefit you based on your goals and health history.
In-Office Teeth Whitening
In-office whitening is the fastest way to brighten your smile by multiple shades in as little as one visit! Your dentist will carefully apply a professional-strength whitening gel to your teeth and then use a special light to activate the gel’s bleaching agents. This process is performed about three times for a significantly whiter smile. Results can last up to two years, depending on your oral care routine and habits.
In-office whitening is safe, effective, and long-lasting, making it an excellent option for patients who want to quickly brighten their smiles before a big event or special occasion. It is also popular among patients with sensitive teeth as we implement protective measures like soft-bristled brushes or rubber dams during the procedure to protect your gum tissue from the whitening agent.
At-Home Teeth Whitening
You can whiten your teeth at home with professional whitening gel and a custom-fit tray from your dentist. The kit comes with several syringes of prescription-strength hydrogen peroxide gel that is applied to your custom-fitted trays, which are then worn over your teeth for a short period each day or overnight. Your dentist will help determine the optimal treatment for you.
If you decide to go ahead with the treatment, the dentist will take impressions of your teeth and make customized trays for you to use at home. The dentist will then give you instructions on how long to wear the trays each day and will remind you not to eat or drink while wearing them. They may instruct you to return for follow-up appointments to check your progress or for more treatments. In some cases, the procedure may need to be repeated to achieve the desired results.
To find out more about the dental services offered at our dental practice, call 925-687-8250 or schedule an online consultation. You can also visit us at 1909 Parkside Dr, Concord, CA 94519.