Would you like to have whiter teeth?
One of the easiest and most affordable ways to enhance your smile is with professional teeth whitening.The natural color of teeth is inherited, and over time, everyone’s teeth darken or get more yellow with age. Certain antibiotics also darken the tooth color. Professional whitening lightens the natural tooth color, which can even restore your youthful appearance.
At Prestige Dentistry in Prairieville, we offer various options to assist you in brightening your teeth.
In-Office Professional Tooth Whitening
One option for whitening teeth is with in-office bleaching. This method begins with identifying the current color of your teeth using a professional shade guide. Dr. Oza then places a special barrier on your gums for protection. Three to four applications of a professional strength bleaching solution are then applied, with each application taking about eight minutes
The total appointment time takes about one to one and a half hours. If you desire an even lighter shade, you can return for subsequent visits to reach the desired shade. We also make custom whitening trays for you to take home after your appointment so you can maintain that bright smile.
At-Home Professional Whitening
Another choice for whitening teeth is with take-home bleaching trays.This option is just as effective as an in-office system, but it is more gradual and uses a weaker strength of the bleaching chemical.
We make custom trays for you, which you then use to apply the bleach to your teeth at home. With this method, we evaluate the current color of your teeth and take impressions of them. The molds are then used to create your custom bleaching trays. At your second appointment, we go over the bleaching instructions and give you the trays to take home.
Once brushing and flossing are done at home, you will apply a bead of the bleaching gel to the inside of the trays. Wear the trays in the mouth for one hour minimum an avoid eating or drinking during whitening. After removing the trays, you should brush your teeth again and clean the trays with water.
Wear the trays every night or every other night for six to eight weeks for the best results.
Is Teeth Whitening a Permanent Solution?
Unfortunately, as soon as you begin drinking coffee, red wine, tea, or eat berries, your teeth will begin to stain again. With aging, teeth slowly darken over time. However, bleaching your teeth at a regular interval at home will maintain that initial whitened shade.
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Before doing any teeth whitening, we always recommend a professional dental cleaning. This will ensure all plaque and tartar are removed and will provide a clean surface for the bleach, allowing the best possible results from whitening.
The team at Prestige Dentistry is here to help you smile confidently. If you are unhappy with the brightness of your smile, please give us a call today to schedule an evaluation!