Teeth Whitening Services
Everyone wants a white, healthy smile but, unfortunately, teeth are prone to becoming discolored and stained over time for a variety of reasons. Teeth whitening is a fast, safe, and easy way to brighten your teeth, making it a highly popular dental procedure.
While routine dental cleanings and exams can help prevent many stains, there are other stains, such as those that are age and lifestyle related, that may be more difficult to avoid. Luckily, teeth whitening procedures can be highly effective for the majority of these stains.
Types of Teeth Whitening
“Whitening” is any process that can make teeth look whiter and may be safely done at home or in a dental office. Dental Associates West offers the following three professional teeth whitening services:
- In-Office Teeth Whitening – For this service, we use Opalesence tooth whitening gel by Ultradent. Prior to applying the high-percentage dental peroxide on your teeth, we isolate your gums to protect them. The tooth whitening gel is then placed on your teeth in 3, 20-minute increments.
Dental impressions will also be made to provide you with custom at-home teeth whitening trays for future touch-ups.
- Take-Home Teeth Whitening – For at-home teeth whitening, we also use Opalesence tooth whitening gel by Ultradent. For this service, dental impressions are made in order to create the custom-fitted tooth whitening trays that you will use when whitening your teeth at home.
- Veneers – Veneers are tooth-colored custom shells of dental porcelain that are bonded ontothe surface of your teeth. Veneers recreate a natural look, providing permanent tooth whitening.
Teeth Whitening is Not for Everyone
While tooth whitening works extremely well for many people, it is not appropriate for everyone. You may not be a candidate for teeth whitening if any of the following applies to you:
- Your gums have pulled away from the teeth in some places, as whitening can cause irritation in these areas.
- You have tooth decay or gum disease. We may recommend treating these issues prior to having any teeth whitening procedure done.
- Your teeth have certain discolorations that cannot be changed by tooth whitening, such as the color of fillings, crowns, and certain stains.
Is it for You?
If you are thinking about teeth whitening, we’d love to discuss the above options with you and to perform an oral exam to determine whether or not tooth whitening is the right choice for you.