Professional Teeth Whitening
One of the first things people notice when meeting someone new is their smile, and they perceive people who have beautiful smiles as healthier, younger, and more attractive. Brightening your teeth is a simple way to create a smile that ensures you’ll look and feel great. Many patients try store bought teeth whitening products that have little to no impact on the coloring of their teeth. Instead, we recommend you schedule a cosmetic dentistry consultation with the teeth whitening professionals at Sevens Dental. We’ll evaluate your smile, and a skilled cosmetic dentist will help you find the right teeth whitening solution to meet your needs and fit your budget, including both in-office and at-home teeth whitening products. Call our Clayton dental office to schedule a consultation appointment with our caring team. We’ll help you achieve all of your desired cosmetic dentistry results and keep a smile on your face.
Common Causes of Dental Discoloration
There are numerous reasons why teeth become discolored, and it’s important that we understand the causes of your dental discoloration before we create your treatment plan. Some of the most common causes of dental discoloration include:
- Staining caused by years of consuming darkly colored foods and beverages and/or tobacco use
- Discoloration caused by enamel erosion or aging, which reveals the yellow dentin tooth layer
- Fluorosis causes brighter white stains to appear due to overconsumption of fluoride during dental development
- Tetracycline staining occurs when patients are given certain medications too early in their dental development
In-Office Teeth Whitening
The fastest and most predictable teeth-whitening option is in-office whitening. The entire process is handled by our skilled cosmetic dentistry team, so you know you’ll achieve the desired results. We begin by isolating the teeth, so the soft tissue is not damaged by the active whitening agents. Then, we apply a small amount of tooth whitening gel to the surface of teeth. After about twenty minutes, we’ll examine the results. Our skilled cosmetic dentist can reapply as many times as necessary to achieve the patient’s desired results.
Professional Take-Home Teeth Whitening
For patients with tooth sensitivity or those who want to brighten their smiles more gradually, take-home whitening kits may be a better option. Using a personalized dosage of teeth whitening gel and customized application trays, we can deliver the same results possible with in-office whitening over the course of about two weeks of short, daily applications. Simply place a small amount of whitening gel in your application trays. Then, wear the whitening trays for about thirty minutes a day. You’ll begin to see results after just one or two applications, and achieve the flawless results you want after about two weeks of application. You can also use a custom teeth whitening kit to touch up the results of your in-office teeth whitening with just a few applications each year.
Benefits of Professional Teeth Whitening
Unlike store bought teeth whitening products that don’t usually deliver the brighter smile you desire, professional teeth whitening plans are customized to meet your unique needs and create a brilliant white smile you’ll want to share. Some of the benefits of a professional teeth whitening plan from Sevens Dental include:
- Predictably whiter teeth up to ten shades brighter
- Healthier, younger looking appearance
- Improved confidence during every interaction
- No more wasted time and money put towards store bought whitening that doesn’t deliver the results you want
Teeth Whitening FAQs
Are you interested in removing stubborn stains and unpleasant discoloration? Dr. Dedrickson and our team at Sevens Dental would love to help you achieve a bright, beautiful smile. If you would like a bit more information about teeth whitening in Clayton before moving forward, we have listed a few frequently asked questions below for your convenience. However, if you have specific questions you would like answered, don’t hesitate to contact our office to schedule an appointment!
Does Teeth Whitening Treatment Hurt?
Whether this is your first teeth whitening treatment or it has been a while since your last one, you may be wondering if you will experience any discomfort throughout the process. The answer? You may have some tooth sensitivity in the days following your treatment. However, this side effect is often transient, which means it is not permanent. Plus, a top-notch experience is our top priority here at Sevens Dental, so we will go above and beyond to ensure you are comfortable in and out of the treatment chair.
How Long Does Teeth Whitening Last?
Typically, the beautiful results of teeth whitening last between six months to two years. However, it can last much longer with proper care and maintenance. In fact, some patients enjoy their new and improved bright smile for 10 years! Therefore, it is important to do your part by practicing proper prevention. Make sure to brush and floss regularly, avoid pigmented beverages (like coffee and wine), and visit your dentist twice a year for a professional cleaning.
Is Teeth Whitening Bad for My Enamel?
According to extensive clinical research and studies, the answer is a resounding “no!” The powerful whitening agents are designed to break up stains and debris that cause discoloration, not remove the enamel. That being said, excessive or incorrect use can permanently damage your teeth, which is why it is best to stick with professional teeth whitening treatments. That way, a licensed professional is supervising your care and ensuring your oral health isn’t compromised during the process.
Can I Get Teeth Whitening Treatment If I’ve Had Dental Work?
Since each smile is unique, the answer depends on how much dental work you’ve had done and which restorations were used (i.e., crowns, veneers, etc.). However, across the board, it is important to remember that porcelain does not whiten and the bond between the enamel and restoration may be temporarily weakened. Therefore, it is crucial to be open with your dentist in Clayton about your past dental work beforehand.
How Much Does Professional Teeth Whitening Cost?
When it comes to price, there are a number of factors that influence the final cost. For example, how many teeth whitening treatments do you need? Are you using an in-office or take-home solution? The answer to each of these questions will determine the answer. Fortunately, you can easily find out exactly how much it costs to achieve your unique smile goals by simply giving us a call to schedule your initial consultation!