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As people become older, it is common for the teeth to begin accumulating stains. This discoloration of the teeth can be disconcerting and make you feel self-conscious about your smile. With the help of a teeth bleaching dentist, you can restore your smile. Teeth whitening treatments are a popular option due to the fact that they are a fast, affordable, and effective method of making the teeth brighter.
What Is Professional Teeth Whitening?
Performed at your dentist’s office, professional dental whitening is also called power bleaching or chairside teeth whitening. Professional whitening treatments are carefully monitored to make sure that your treatment remains safe and free from pain. Because professional whitening treatments utilize a highly concentrated bleaching gel, the results of the treatment are both immediate and dramatic.
Teeth whitening treatments performed by a dentist work best on teeth that are stained via the consumption of certain kinds of foods and drinks or from smoking. If your teeth are discolored due to tetracycline stains, defective fillings, or severe decay, the treatments will not work. Veneers, crowns and fillings also won’t be impacted by the whitening treatments.
Before you receive your teeth whitening treatments, our dentists will perform an examination to find out what is causing your discoloration. Once the cause is determined, we will work with you to find the best whitening option for you.
Do You Offer Options for Teeth Whitening At Home?
If you would like to pursue dental whitening treatments at home, we offer the option of using a professional at-home whitening kit. These kits consist of trays that are custom-made to fit your mouth. These trays are filled with a professional-grade teeth whitening gel. Many of our patients see a difference of up to six shades just by wearing their trays for one hour a day over a two week period.
Is Teeth Whitening Expensive?
You may be asking yourself, “What does teeth bleaching cost?” The amount you will need to pay for your teeth whitening treatments will be determined by the type of system utilized, the number of treatments needed, the type of follow-up treatments required, and repairs needed to even out the color of restoration materials. Contact our office to book a consultation and to receive an estimate of your total costs.
What Kind of Teeth Whitening Products Are Available?
Pursuing professional dental whitening ensures that you receive visible results on a faster timetable than over-the-counter whitening options. Some of the over-the-counter teeth whitening options available include whitening trays, gels, strips, toothpastes and rinses. These may help to whiten your teeth, but they are not as strong as the gels used by a teeth bleaching dentist.
What Happens During a Teeth Whitening Procedure?
There are a number of steps included throughout an in-office whitening treatment. The exact number of steps varies depending on the teeth whitening system that your dentist decides to utilize. The following can give you some idea of what to expect during your treatment.
- Your dentist will look at and clean your teeth.
- In some instances, your dentist may take photos of your teeth to monitor the whitening process.
- A cheek retractor will be placed in your mouth. This will expose your teeth.
- The dentist will apply a liquid to protect your gums.
- Bleaching gel will be applied in several coats. These applications will be left on for a period of time and then taken off.
- Depending on your procedure, your dentist may utilize an intense light to make your results more dramatic.
- Once the last gel application has been applied, your dentist will determine whether you need a follow-up visit or an at-home treatment.
If you’re ready for a beautiful, white smile, we’re ready to help. Contact us right away to receive more information about teeth whitening in Arlington.