Imagine yourself with a brilliant white smile. No more stains, no more discolorations, just the kind of beautiful smile that lights up a room. It’s possible with tooth whitening! There are many things that can discolor or yellow your teeth, including:
- Smoking or other tobacco products
- Colored sodas or wines
Teeth whitening is a convenient, easy, and inexpensive way to make a dramatic difference in your appearance. Today’s teeth whitening formulas and techniques not only remove accumulated stains on the teeth, but actually go deep beyond the surface and change the natural pigment – so much so that the manufacturers of the porcelain for dental crowns have had to create new shades so that they could match patients who have had their teeth bleached.
Whitening Your Teeth at Home
Dr. Thomas offers Day White or Nite White at-home whitening treatments. Whatever your lifestyle, these take-home whitening systems allow you to whiten whenever its convenient for you and both systems apply the professional whitening gel via custom-made whitening trays that allow the gel solution to soak into the teeth.
The unique formulas not only whiten, but rebuild tooth enamel, reduce sensitivity and improve the luster of your teeth. You will likely notice a difference after the first couple of treatments, but you’ll want to whiten for at least two weeks and continue to whiten for a couple of days after you achieve your desired whiteness as there will be some relapse or darkening as the embedded oxygen bubbles start to dissipate.
Many discount chains and drugstores offer a variety of over-the counter teeth whitening products such as whitening strips and toothpaste. While the cost is significantly less, the concentration of peroxide is also a lot less and often leaves users disappointed in their whitening results.
Professional whitening gels like Day White and Nite White offer permanent results because the peroxide oxidizes the stains. It’s important to keep in mind that your teeth will absorb new stains over time – especially if you drink or eat foods and beverages that are dark in color. Touch ups may be required and can be accomplished by requesting a refill of the gel from your dentist.
For more information, call our office at 877-631-9967 or request an appointment online and Dr. Thomas would be happy to help you determine if teeth whitening will work for you.