Dazzling, white teeth are the hallmark of a healthy, beautiful smile. Over time, teeth can become yellowed and/or stained due to a variety of factors, from the beverages and foods we consume, to the natural dental aging process. A whiter, brighter smile can be easy to achieve with the in-office and at-home teeth whitening treatments we offer at Schweitzer & Schweitzer, PC. The professional whitening systems we provide utilize clinical-strength peroxide-based gels to accomplish significant improvement in a short amount of time. If you are interested in finding out if one of our tooth whitening options can deliver the results you desire, contact our office to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced cosmetic dentists.
Benefits of Teeth Whitening
In-office teeth whitening treatments are quick and comfortable, breaking down deep stains and discoloration in less than an hour. This non-invasive method of smile enhancement typically yields significant results, which can be easily maintained with proper hygiene, avoidance of staining substances, and at-home touch-up treatments. The versatile and effective take-home system we offer can be used to whiten teeth over a series of days to achieve rapid results, or as-needed to boost the brightness of your smile between cleanings.
Candidates for Teeth Whitening
Candidates for teeth whitening can include individuals with good dental health who desire a whiter smile. Prior to recommending whitening, your dentist will examine your teeth for decay and evaluate whether your tooth discoloration will respond well to whitening. If you have visible dental work, restorations, or severe stains that cannot be bleached, your dentist may suggest another cosmetic procedure, such as the placement of porcelain veneers to achieve the whiter smile you desire.
The Teeth Whitening Procedure
To begin the in-office teeth whitening procedure, your teeth will be cleaned to remove any debris or buildup that could cause uneven results. A protective barrier is then applied to the gums to prevent the powerful gel from irritating your gumline. Next, the whitening solution is applied to your teeth and activated by a specially designed chairside-whitening lamp. This process is repeated up to four times to achieve maximum results. In order to chart your progress, your dentist will compare the new shade of your teeth with the original color recorded before the procedure began. Many individuals can achieve up to an 8-shade improvement during one session.
If you prefer to administer your whitening treatments at home, your dentist will create custom-fitted whitening trays to use with a professional strength whitening gel. The gel is applied along the inside of the tray and placed over the teeth. The trays can be worn whenever you choose for the recommended amount of time. At-home treatments can be repeated until you reach the desired degree of whiteness.
In some cases, teeth whitening is combined with other cosmetic dentistry procedures to shade-match natural teeth with new restorations, or achieve a complete smile transformation.
Teeth Whitening Results
The full results of your whitening treatment can last a long time with proper care. In order to extend the effects of your teeth whitening treatment, our dentists recommend avoiding foods, beverages, and habits that can re-stain teeth. Patients who have undergone teeth whitening at our practice are generally impressed by the significance of their results and the ease of the procedure.
Contact Schweitzer & Schweitzer, PC
If you are considering teeth whitening treatment to brighten your smile, we encourage you to contact our office today to schedule an appointment.