Teeth whitening is a cosmetic dental procedure that is used to treat discolored teeth. It can improve the color of your teeth and lighten the shade of your enamel. Teeth whitening can be performed at home or in the office.
What are teeth whitening options?
There are several teeth whitening options available, including in-office professional whitening treatments as well as take-home whitening kits. Our dentists will work with you to determine which option will best meet your cosmetic goals. For example, if you have sensitive teeth, we may recommend a whitening toothpaste or a take-home kit. If you want immediate results, you may benefit from an in-office procedure.
In-office treatments are done in our office and can significantly brighten your teeth in just one appointment. We offer both in-office and take-home options for patients who want to whiten at home. However, with at-home whitening trays, your results may not be as dramatic as what you’d see with an in-office treatment. But you can still expect to see some improvement over time!
No matter what type of teeth whitening method we recommend for you, it’s important to remember that your natural tooth enamel is porous, which means it absorbs stain molecules from food and beverages you consume on a daily basis. Having regular cleanings at our office and maintaining a good oral hygiene routine at home will help keep stains from sticking around on your teeth longer.
Professional teeth whitening
A professional whitening treatment can get your teeth several shades whiter than the results you can get with over-the-counter products. The professional strength bleaching agents can remove tough stains caused by foods and beverages, medications, and tobacco use that are often resistant to teeth-whitening treatments in drug stores. Your dentist can also use the high-powered light from an LED lamp to speed up the process and increase your comfort during the procedure.
At-home whitening systems
If you have stained or discolored teeth, you can invest in an at-home whitening system from your dentist’s office. These professional-strength teeth whitening systems are a safe, effective way to get your teeth whiter and brighter without having to spend a lot of money.
A professional-strength whitening gel is safe for your gums and won’t cause tooth sensitivity, so you don’t have to worry about any negative side effects. Your dentist will also provide custom-fit trays and professional applicators, so you can stay comfortable while you’re improving your smile. Some patients find these kits to be more effective because of the added attention they receive from their dentists.
To find out more about the dental services offered at our dental practice, call (404) 227-5012 or schedule an online consultation. You can also visit us at 827 Blossom Hill Road, Suite E-3, San Jose, CA 95123.