Nothing compares to the beauty and confidence that come with a white, bright, and stain-free smile! According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, most people asked what they wanted to change most about their smile, they chose whiter teeth. We, at Prosper & Smile Dental Care, are proud to offer safe and effective teeth whitening services that will leave your smile several shades whiter after just one treatment!
How Does Teeth Whitening Work?
The aging process, repeated exposure to pigmented foods and beverages, smoking, dental injuries, certain illnesses, and some prescription and over-the-counter medications can leave your teeth looking dull, stained, and discolored. Teeth whitening is a highly effective procedure that involves applying hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide whitening agents to your tooth surfaces to break up and lift the stains.
Not all tooth discoloration responds to whitening the same way. Yellow teeth typically show dramatic results, while brown or gray teeth may not respond as well. Whitening only works on natural teeth, so it won't lift stains off restorations such as dental fillings or crowns. If teeth whitening isn't the right procedure for you, our team may recommend other cosmetic dentistry solutions, including dental bonding or veneers.
What Are Your Teeth Whitening Options?
Here are some teeth whitening options available to you:
In-Office Whitening: Also called chairside bleaching, in-office whitening delivers the safest and most dramatic teeth whitening results using professional-grade whitening products. While results may vary from person to person, most of our patients report teeth that are several shades brighter after just one whitening session!
At-Home Whitening: Numerous tooth whitening products are available for purchase online or from your local drugstore. Peroxide-based whitening strips or gels help lift some stains but may require a long time to deliver any visible results. Whitening toothpaste options, on the other hand, contain mild abrasives that remove some surface stains.
Professional At-Home Whitening: If you prefer to whiten your teeth at home, we are happy to provide you with custom-created trays and professional-grade bleaching gel. At-home professional whitening may take a little longer than in-office whitening, but you'll eventually achieve the dazzling results you desire.
Is Teeth Whitening Safe?
Getting your teeth whitened under the care of a trained and experienced dental professional is a highly safe and effective cosmetic dentistry procedure. You may experience mild tooth sensitivity, but that should resolve soon after treatment.
While over-the-counter or do-it-yourself teeth whitening kits usually promise outstanding results, many are sure to disappoint. Moreover, the bleaching agents sometimes cause damage to your teeth and gums. Make sure to consult with our team before using store-bought whitening products.
Maintaining Your Whitening Results
The most effective way to keep your smile white and bright is to maintain proper oral hygiene practices, including regular brushing and flossing. Moreover, we recommend limiting your consumption of heavily pigmented foods and beverages and refraining from smoking. We may recommend whitening touch-ups, as needed, to maintain your dazzling smile.