Teeth whitening is a cosmetic procedure that removes stains and discoloration from your teeth. Some causes of discoloration include coffee, tea, and wine. Aging can also discolor your teeth.
Professional teeth whitening is the most effective way to whiten your teeth. A dentist uses a stronger bleaching gel than is available over the counter. The dentist also takes custom molds of your teeth, which ensures that the gel fits snugly into your mouth. This helps the bleaching gel work more effectively.
Teeth Whitening Benefits
Teeth whitening is a quick and non-invasive procedure. It doesn't involve any cutting or scraping of the surface of the teeth. It is entirely safe. The treatment doesn't affect the teeth or gums in any way. A dentist can help you determine if this procedure is right for you.
Teeth Whitening Options
There are several methods for whitening teeth. These include the use of whitening toothpaste, whitening strips, and tray-based whitening. Talk to your dentist about which option might be best for you.
Whitening toothpaste contains mild abrasives that remove surface stains. Whitening strips are made of thin plastic. You place the strips over your teeth, and the active ingredient in the strip whitens your teeth. Tray-based whitening is a process that typically takes about two weeks. Your dentist will make custom-fit whitening trays that fit snugly over your teeth. The whitening gel in the trays whitens your teeth.
Professional teeth whitening options
Professional teeth whitening options vary, but your doctor may recommend in-office procedures that use higher concentrations of bleaching agents. Those patients who want immediate results may wish to consider an in-office whitening procedure.
Your doctor may recommend professional teeth whitening if you have deeply stained teeth. You may also consider teeth whitening if you have discoloration caused by medications like tetracycline.
DIY teeth whitening
DIY teeth whitening kits are very affordable, and you can still achieve a whiter smile at home. However, you have to remember that a DIY kit is never going to yield the same results as professional whitening. These over-the-counter methods can help remove surface stains, but they won't penetrate as deeply as the professional whitening treatment. These whitening kits are also limited in terms of the active ingredient, which means you can only whiten your teeth to a certain shade.
Please reach out to our dental practice in Kansas City, KS, to have a consultation with our dentists, Dr. Moreno and Dr. Tejada. Please call us at (913) 647-1900 or schedule an online consultation, and we'll guide you further.