Walking through the supermarket, you’re likely to find countless over-the-counter teeth whitening options. Each product promises fast results and a whiter smile. Unfortunately, these options aren’t likely to give you the results you’re looking for and can even damage teeth and gums, in some cases. Under the supervision of your dentist at Value Dental Centers Queen Creek, professional teeth whitening is the safest, fastest, and most effective way to whiten your teeth.
Who is a Candidate for Professional Teeth Whitening?
If you are unhappy with your smile because your teeth are yellowed or otherwise stained from years of drinking coffee, tea, or other teeth-staining products, you may be a candidate for a professional whitening procedure. With advancements in cosmetic dentistry and teeth whitening products, more patients than ever can qualify for this treatment as many companies now offer formulas designed specifically for patients with sensitive teeth. It is a low-risk, non-invasive cosmetic dental procedure that may be an appropriate treatment for both teens and adults.
If you have dental restorations such as dentures or crowns, these will not respond to teeth whitening treatment and may require replacement. If you have deep intrinsic stains, you may need a different cosmetic treatment such as porcelain veneers or dental bonding to conceal that discoloration. Some patients with bruxism or TMJ disorder may be better suited to in-office treatment as the whitening trays may exacerbate symptoms.
How Does Professional Teeth Whitening Work?
Before having your teeth whitened, you will meet with one of our dentists to determine whether you are a better candidate for in-office or at-home treatment, based on your cosmetic treatment goals, lifestyle, and budget. If you choose at-home treatment, we will take impressions of your teeth to create your custom whitening trays. Once your trays are ready, you will return for them and we will provide you with instructions on proper use and care. At-home teeth whitening trays are typically worn for 15 minutes to an hour every day for about two weeks, or they may be worn overnight.
If you opt for in-office treatment, your teeth will be cleaned by one of our skilled hygienists to remove food particles, bacteria, and other debris that could interfere with the whitening gel. Your dentist will place a protective barrier over your gums, and then apply the whitening gel to all the exposed surfaces of your smile. The gel will remain on your teeth for a set period of time, and may be rinsed off and reapplied several times to achieve your desired results. Some patients may require multiple treatment sessions, however, you will likely see a dramatically whiter smile in just one office visit.
What are the Benefits of Professional Teeth Whitening?
There are a number of benefits for both in-office and at-home professional teeth whitening treatments. With the in-office treatment, your smile will be up to eight shades lighter after just one treatment. At-home treatments allow you to whiten your smile from the comfort of your own home, whenever it is most convenient for you.
Unlike over-the-counter whitening methods, professional teeth whitening is completely safe, and is the most effective way to whiten your smile. After your treatment, you will have a whiter smile, and you may notice you have more confidence as a result.
Schedule Your Consultation Today
If discolored teeth have you feeling self-conscious about your smile, professional teeth whitening may be an ideal treatment option. At Value Dental Center Queen Creek, our dentists will analyze your smile to help you choose the shade that will complement your features and improve the appearance of your smile. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.