Teeth whitening is a relatively straightforward procedure that can quickly enhance a smile for a brighter appearance. This procedure can dramatically improve the look of a smile. It is a known fact that many patients see excellent results with teeth whitening that can develop a new-found self-confidence. Our Garland dentists specialize in teeth whitening to ensure positive results with every single patient. We understand that enhancing one’s smile is a dream, which is why our Garland dentists recommend teeth whitening as an effective procedure that can lift up your smile.
Teeth whitening is for those who wish to have a brighter, more radiant smile. Nevertheless, some individuals should wait to receive a teeth whitening. For instance, kids not yet 16 years-old need to wait for this procedure because their pulp is still developing. Correspondingly, a young person’s pulp remains enlarged, and a teeth whitening could affect the nerves and roots of their teeth. In addition to youngsters under 16 years of age, teeth whitening should not be done by women who are pregnant or are nursing.
If you are an avid coffee drinker, enjoy darker alcoholic drinks, soda, and other enamel staining foods/drinks you may be a great candidate for teeth whitening. Before a teeth whitening procedure, our medical professionals will examine your smile and gums to ensure it is a recommended procedure for your smile.
Depending on the current state of your smile, some patients may have to schedule multiple treatments to achieve their desired result. At Prime Dental in Garland we specialize every treatment plan based on your dental needs, so our expert Garland dentists will determine your treatment with you.
Do not forget that a single teeth whitening will not last a lifetime. That is why proper upkeep and maintenance is vital to making your brightened smile last its longest. People who normally drink dyed or dark-colored beverages and eat certain types of food can start to see the effects of teeth whitening go away after only a month. On the other hand, people who avoid drinking colored beverages and teeth-staining food may notice their teeth whitening effects lasting up to a year.
Depending on how each patient cares for their new brighter smile, most teeth whitening procedures lasts for six months up to a year. At Prime Dental in Garland, we recommend avoiding harsh foods or beverages that will expose your smile to teeth staining.
Teeth whitening procedures conducted by your dentist and those done at-home are different in several ways:
Strength of Bleach
Over-the-counter whiteners and bleaches given by your dentist typically contain a much lower concentration of bleach contained in their ingredients. Basically, at-home teeth whitening kits hold around 10% to 22% carbamide peroxide, where the primary ingredient, hydrogen peroxide, has a concentration of 3%. To a different effect, teeth whitening conducted at your local Garland dentist’s office contain much more hydrogen peroxide than your run-of-the-mill, at-home package. As a matter of fact, the amount of hydrogen peroxide involved in an office-based teeth whitening can be as low as 15% on the low end, and 43% on the high end.
Mouthpieces and Trays
If you receive an in-home teeth whitening package from your dentist, you’ll be required to have a mold taken of your teeth, so your tray fits properly. This fitting allows for the most whitening agent to reach your teeth, while, at the same time, reducing the amount of gum exposure. An in-office procedure uses a variety of mouthpieces and trays to make sure that your gumline stays healthy while your teeth are made brighter.