Tooth whitening is the most common cosmetic dental procedure but only 15 percent of the population has tried the cosmetic procedure.
Teeth whitening can be done effectively with optimal results in as little as one visit to our office. You can also use home whitening products, but the time required to achieve desired results is far longer than having the procedure performed by Dr. Howard.
The long and the short of it is that teeth whitening works. Virtually everyone who opts for this cosmetic treatment will see moderate to substantial improvement in the brightness and whiteness of their smile in the first visit.
Advantages of In-Office Whitening
- No other teeth whitening procedure produces faster results.
- This is the safest form of tooth bleaching.
- Gum and tooth sensitivity are more controllable due to thick peroxide gels and the use of desensitizers such as potassium nitrate and fluoride.
Stains that are Best Removed with In-Office Whitening
- Stains caused by aging. Over time, the teeth darken with a yellow, brown, green or grey cast (which may be due to heredity and/or eating habits). Yellowed teeth tend to whiten most readily.
- Stains caused by Consumption of certain foods (notably coffee, red wine, sodas and dark-colored vegetables and fruits).
- Stains caused by tobacco use.
Our In-Office Whitening Treatment
This protocol involves the carefully controlled use of a relatively high-concentration peroxide gel, applied to the teeth after the gums have been protected with a paint-on rubber dam. Generally, the peroxide remains on the teeth for several 15 to 20 minute intervals that add up to an hour (at most). Those with particularly stubborn staining may be advised to return for one or more additional bleaching sessions, or may be asked to continue with a home-use whitening system.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Is tooth whitening safe?
Yes, research and clinical studies indicate that whitening teeth under the supervision of a dentist is safe. In fact, many dentists consider whitening the safest cosmetic dental procedure available. Teeth whitening is not recommended for children under 13 years of age and pregnant or lactating women.
Do teeth whiteners damage tooth enamel?
Studies of whitening products using 10% carbamide peroxide showed little to no effect on the hardness or mineral content of a tooth’s enamel surface.