If you want a brighter and younger looking smile, you may benefit from teeth whitening. At Value Dental Centers in Goodyear, AZ, we offer two types of whitening. Following a complete evaluation we will help you determine the right type for your goals and budget. Both in-office and take-home care can be highly effective. Using powerful but very safe bleaching gel, the treatments can lighten your smile by several shades. Although our whitening is very effective, results are not permanent. Fortunately, we can also provide guidance and regular touch-ups to help you preserve the results of your whitening.
Candidates for Teeth Whitening
Like most patients, you are likely a candidate for teeth whitening. The treatment is safe and gentle, making it appropriate even if you suffer from tooth sensitivity. Additionally, we can perform whitening if you have developed cavities or gum disease. Of course, you will first require restorative treatment. Nevertheless, by combining whitening with these more extensive procedures, we can enhance both the health and the aesthetics of your smile.
It is important to note that teeth whitening will only be effective on extrinsic stains. Located on your dental enamel, these stains primarily result from food and drink. Smoking, genetics, and age can also contribute to extrinsic discoloration. Intrinsic stains often appear because of dental infection or certain medications. To correct these blemishes, we will recommend an alternative treatment, such as dental bonding or porcelain veneers.
In-Office Teeth Whitening
In-office whitening is a popular option because it can achieve almost immediate results. After recording the current shade of your teeth, your dentist or hygienist will coat your teeth in a whitening gel. Then he or she will shine a special light in your mouth, activating the gel. The peroxide-based product will cause oxygen molecules to travel through your teeth, breaking down stains. In most cases, your practitioner will coat your teeth in three separate coats of gel to achieve the most dramatic effects possible. The entire process will typically last less than an hour, and you will leave the office with a noticeably enhanced grin.
Take-Home Teeth Whitening
Though it will take longer to see the final results, take-home whitening can have similar effects to in-office care. Your dentist will take impressions of your teeth, and our lab will use them to create a set of whitening trays. Whitening gel, similar to that used during in-office treatment, will go inside the trays, and you will wear them for about 30 minutes a day. Treatment typically lasts about two weeks, after which you will enjoy brighter, more sparkling teeth.
Maintaining Your Whiter Smile
Over time, dental stains will reappear. However, with vigilant maintenance, you can preserve the effects of your treatment. First, you should practice good dental hygiene. Brush and floss regularly, and schedule routine exams and cleanings. These habits will remove dark-colored molecules from your teeth and protect your overall oral health. Second, dietary changes can help to preserve your results. Avoid dark, stain-causing foods, such as coffee, red wine, berries, and soy sauce. When you do choose to eat these things, be sure to drink plenty of water at the same time, and brush your teeth when you are finished.
Additionally, you can undergo regular touch-up treatments. Often, we can provide take-home trays so that you can perform these repeat procedures yourself. You can also come into the office for professional care. In either case, it is important to avoid over-whitening your teeth. On the other hand, when you follow your dentist’s instructions, touch-ups will be both safe and effective.
Contact Us to Enjoy a Sparkling Grin
To learn more about teeth whitening and to find out which type of whitening may be right for you, contact Value Dental Centers Goodyear today.