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As you get older, your teeth slowly accumulate stains until they’re noticeably discolored. Fortunately, a teeth bleaching dentist can erase years from your smile and return it to its gleaming, beautiful best. Professional dental whitening is one of the most popular elective dental procedures because it’s affordable, easy, quick and effective.
Brighten Your Smile With Professional Teeth Whitening
Teeth whitening, which is also called chair-side whitening or power bleaching, is performed in your dentist’s office under careful supervision. A highly concentrated bleaching gel provides instant and impressive results. Whitening procedures work best if your discoloration is caused by surface stains from foods, beverages or smoking. Stains caused by tetracycline use or discolored areas that arise from tissues beneath your tooth enamel don’t usually respond to bleaching. It’s important to understand that if you have visible crowns, veneers or other restorations, these will remain their original color while the natural teeth around them will lighten. Our skilled dentists will perform a thorough evaluation before whitening your teeth and ensure that there won’t be any unexpected results. The quality of your smile is our highest priority.
Teeth Whitening at Home
At-home teeth whitening is a convenient alternative to chair-side whitening. Your dentist will make impressions of your teeth and customize a set of teeth whitening trays for you to wear at home for approximately one hour each day over the course of two weeks. Because you’ll be using a professional-grade teeth whitening gel, you’ll be able to lighten your teeth up to six shades in the privacy of your own home.
How Much Will Teeth Whitening Cost?
The overall cost of teeth whitening depends on several factors such as the type of whitening system your dentist uses, the number of whitening treatments needed to achieve your goals and other related procedures like color correction of restorations. To learn more about teeth bleaching cost, contact our office. We’ll schedule a professional teeth whitening consultation so that one of our dentists can evaluate your unique needs and provide an estimate.
Over-the-Counter Teeth Whitening Products
Although over-the-counter teeth whitening systems are available, they don’t produce the same dramatic results that you can get from in-office teeth whitening. Lower-powered gels, dental whitening trays, strips and toothpastes may provide limited whitening, but they may also produce uneven coloring and gum irritation if used improperly. You can expect more consistent results and fewer surprises if you trust your dentist to whiten your teeth.
A Step-by-Step Guide to the Teeth Whitening Procedure
Steps involved in your in-office teeth whitening procedure vary depending on the type of system your dentist uses. The following guide covers the steps of a typical gel-based whitening procedure.
- A thorough exam and teeth cleaning is performed before the teeth whitening procedure.
- Your dentist may take photographs to verify your tooth shade and monitor progress.
- When it’s time to begin, your dentist will place a cheek retractor in your mouth to expose the targeted teeth.
- Your gums will be treated with a liquid rubber or other protective coating.
- Bleaching gel is applied to your teeth in successive coatings as needed to achieve your goal.
- The procedure may also involve applying a special light to enhance your results.
- After the final gel application, your dentist will evaluate your results to determine if further treatment is needed.
Your smile is your greatest accessory. When you’re ready to reclaim your dazzling, bright grin, we’re ready to help. Contact us today to learn more about teeth whitening in Crown Point.