Today, many people want a brighter smile and decide to whiten their teeth. This simple process is relatively inexpensive regardless of whether you go to your dentist for the service or use an in-home product, but which is right for you?
There are two basic ways to whiten teeth, one that involves bleach and one that does not. A bleaching agent can change the color of your teeth, removing both surface and deep stains whereas a non-bleaching agent will only remove surface stains. Which option you choose will depend on the types of stains you have and how quickly you want the process to happen.
Working with a dentist is the safest and fastest way to whiten your teeth because the bleaching gel they use is stronger than those available for over-the-counter purchase. The process begins in the office but is completed in the comfort and convenience of your home.
Tooth whitening requires two visits. During the first one, impressions are made of your teeth. These will be used to professionally create custom, clear plastic trays. At the second visit, the trays are checked for proper fit and adjusted if needed. Next, the bleaching gel is placed in the trays and then fitted over the teeth. At this time you are given instructions on how long to wear the trays to achieve the desired results.
Often, patients experience tooth color change from 5 to 8 shades lighter.
There are several in-home tooth whitening products on the market and they vary in cost and effectiveness.
Are you looking for a brighter smile? Let the experts at Petrone Family Dentistry help you achieve that goal. Our tooth whitening process begins with a custom tray made just for you, which is then coated with our special whitening gel. No matter what your teeth whitening needs, we can help you realize noticeable improvement. Contact us to learn more or request an appointment.