If your smile is marred by dental stains, you may benefit from teeth whitening. However, you may also hesitate because you worry that the treatment will involve discomfort or unpleasant side effects. Fortunately, teeth whitening is highly effective, and risks are negligible. Furthermore, by offering in-office whitening, we can further reduce your chances for post-treatment side effects.
How Whitening Works
When you come in for your teeth whitening treatment, you will first receive a thorough dental cleaning. After placing a protective barrier over your gums, the dentist will apply a whitening gel to your teeth. Our professional strength bleaching gel is activated by a specialized dental light that initiates an oxidation reaction. After about 15 minutes, the gel is removed and a new layer is applied. The process is typically repeated three times during each whitening session to achieve optimal results.
Benefits of Teeth Whitening
Teeth whitening has numerous benefits, the most apparent being how effective this simple treatment can be for enhancing your smile. In just under an hour, in-office whitening can brighten your teeth by six shades or more. Your new smile can impact your whole appearance, helping you look younger and more refreshed. Many patients experience a boost in their confidence, and you may find that you smile more than you did previously. This can have far-reaching effects on your overall quality of life.
Whitening treatments are also efficient and provide nearly instant results. Many patients have found that making a whitening appointment before big events is an effective way to look their best. We commonly treat patients before weddings, graduations, reunions, and other ceremonies.
Risks of Teeth Whitening
Teeth whitening treatment has very few side effects. The biggest risks are tooth sensitivity and gum irritation. Fortunately, both of these side effects are usually temporary. Minor discomfort typically lasts no more than a few days after treatment.
Minimizing the Risks of Teeth Whitening
To reduce whitening risks even further, we proudly offer effective in-office care. By placing a protective barrier over your gums, the whitening gel is kept from touching your sensitive gum tissue. Plus, our professional whitening treatment is much safer than many over-the-counter products. Unlike some of these kits, our gel contains carefully regulated amounts of hydrogen peroxide. Additionally, when you whiten on a regular, dentist-approved schedule, there is virtually no risk of enamel damage.
Contact Our Office to Learn More
For more information about the benefits and risks of teeth whitening, or to schedule an appointment, contact our office today.