Everybody loves a bright, white smile. Brushing twice daily with flouride, flossing once a day, and having regular teeth cleanings can all help your smile stay white. However, if you decide you would like to go beyond regular care to make your smile look brighter, our office offers many options.
Teeth Whitening Treatments
- Professional Opalescence Boost tooth bleaching to whiten teeth with your dentist
- At-home teeth whitening system
- Whitening toothpaste
The Addison Dentist Provides Professional Teeth Whitening With Opalescence Boost® tooth bleaching to whiten teeth.
Opalescence Boost is a professional teeth whitening treatment that gets your teeth eight shades whiter on average — in just one hour! The treatment is safe, simple, and relaxing! Plus, Opalescence Boost teeth whitening is a totally comfortable process.
About the Opalescence Boost Whitening Process to Whiten Teeth
- To prepare for the Opalescence Boost tooth bleaching procedure, your cosmetic dentist will examine your teeth and gums to make sure they are healthy.
- Your lips and gums will be covered with an isolation material to protect them during the tooth bleaching treatment.
- Once your lips and gums are protected, we apply the Opalescence Boost tooth bleaching gel, which is chemically activated so there is no need for any hot lights or lasers. The tooth bleaching gel gently breaks up the stains on your teeth.
- After three 15-minute applications within one hour, you rinse and the teeth whitening treatment is complete – leaving you with a brighter, whiter smile.
We also recommend our Opalescence Boost teeth whitening patients have us make custom, take-home teeth whitening trays so they can touch up their smile regularly and keep it at its brightest and best.
Finding the Best Treatment for You
We’ll be happy consult with you and share whether whitening is your most effective option. Teeth whitening does not work for everyone. Yellowish teeth will probably whiten well, but brownish teeth may whiten less well, and grayish teeth may not whiten well at all. Likewise, whitening may not enhance your smile if you have had tooth-colored fillings or dental crowns. The teeth whitener will not affect the color of these materials and they will stand out in your newly whitened smile. In these cases, porcelain veneers may be the best option.
Professional Tooth Bleaching
Professional teeth whitening by your dentist is your best choice when you want quality, long-term results. There are a couple of professional ways to whiten teeth:
Take-home Teeth Whitening System
First, our team will take impressions of your teeth. Then we will create two custom whitening “trays” that are a perfect fit for your teeth. It’s up to you when you wear them, whether you put them in during the night or during the day. The trays hold a tooth bleaching solution that will gently lighten the shade of your teeth over a period of seven to fourteen days. Every few months you can “touch up” your whitening by wearing your custom whitening trays for a day or two to keep your teeth their whitest.
Chair-side Teeth Whitening
Come into our office and leave with a white smile in as little as one hour. During chairside Opalescence Boost Tooth Bleaching to Whiten Teeth, a whitening agent is applied to your teeth and a special light is used to enhance the action of the agent. Chairside tooth bleaching is great for those who want an immediate result. We also recommend custom take-home teeth whitening trays for all of our chair-side whitening patients so they can touch up their white smile any time and keep it at its brightest and best all the time.
Teeth Whitening Strips
Teeth whitening strips are thin, flexible plastic (polyethylene) strips with a thin film of hydrogen peroxide bleaching on one side that can be purchased at the pharmacy or grocery store. Teeth whitening strip kits come with unique strips for the both the upper teeth and the lower teeth. The whitening agent is applied by placing the strips across your teeth and gently pressing the strips into place to ensure contact with all your teeth. Teeth whitening strips are typically worn for 30 minutes a day, twice a day. The duration of treatment will vary. Whitening strips contain a lower concentration of whitening agent than professional whitening procedures and are more difficult to use on all your teeth, but they are an easy and affordable teeth whitening solution. Many patients love the results.
Paint-On Teeth Whitening
Paint-on teeth whitening allows you to apply a tooth bleaching agent directly to your teeth without an appliance or strip. You simply “paint” the whitener onto the surface of clean, dry teeth and wait about 30 minutes while the paint turns to a dry film. To remove this film, you simply brush your teeth with a toothbrush. Paint-on whitening products require twice-daily applications to be effective. The duration of treatment will vary and the agent is a lower concentration than professional procedures that whiten teeth.
All toothpastes help remove surface stains from your teeth through the action of mild abrasives. “Whitening” toothpastes in the ADA Seal of Acceptance program have special chemical or polishing agents that provide additional stain removal effectiveness and whiten teeth. Unlike professional whitening, these products do not alter the intrinsic color of teeth.
Occasionally teeth whitening can have minor side-effects like sensitivity or gum irritation.Make sure to let us know if you have any problems or discomfort. In most cases, it can be taken care of immediately with a flouride solution or a refitted tray.
The best way to whiten teeth is with professional assistance from The Addison Dentist. For a teeth whitening consultation call us today.
The best way to whiten teeth is with professional assistance from The Addison Dentist. Call us today to set a teeth whitening consultation!