What are the details of teeth whitening?
Looking to get white teeth? Advanced Dental Care of Anderson offers two different types of teeth whitening services to satisfy all your cosmetic dentistry needs.
1 hour whitening treatment
Our 1 hour whitening treatment is safe, quick, and inexpensive. Just let us know at any appointment if you would like to whiten your teeth. You can lighten only your upper teeth or both the upper and lower, depending on how much you show when you talk and smile.
Home whitening treatment
We provide whitening trays you can take home with you! In only a day or two your custom bleach splints will be ready for you to pick up. We provide you with a special bleaching agent that you put into the clear splints. With only a few hours of wear per day, our special bleaching agent bubbles stains right out of your enamel in a very short time without altering tooth structure or existing dental work in any way. When your teeth reach the desired brightness, only occasional treatment is needed to maintain your new smile.
Dental bleaching can be used to correct tooth discoloration
Discolorations can be caused by staining, aging, or chemical damage to teeth. Using the latest in bleaching technology, we can offer a safe method for creating a beautiful “brilliant” smile. In cases of extreme tooth discoloration, crowns or veneers may be the only choice, but because of the low cost of bleaching treatments, bleaching is nearly always worth a solid try.
How is teeth whitening done?
An impression is taken to make a specialized “mouthguard” or “stent” to hold the bleach against the teeth. The material is used each night for about 3-4 hours for a week or two, and at the end of this time, significant whitening will occur. In some cases, the change is nothing short of brilliant. For confidence in appearance, bleaching technology allows us to promise improvements in yellowing, aging or stained teeth. For very severely stained teeth, crowns or porcelain veneers may be more appropriate.
Key Benefits of Teeth Whitening
- Corrects brown, yellow and spotted tooth staining
- Works on people of any age
- Is a near-permanent solution for a “dull” smile, restoring brightness and brings a smile alive
Considerations for Teeth Whitening
Teeth bleaching agents are available for purchase at drug stores and pharmacies. However, since these products can cause harm to the gums and teeth, it’s better to use the products that our practice recommends.
Is teeth whitening safe?
Despite common belief, there is no research to support that professional teeth whitening will harm your enamel. In fact, it is safe to have your teeth whitened as long as it is not done in excess. That said, the best way to whiten teeth is to have them professionally lightened by your dentist.
Will dental whitening cause permanent sensitivity?
No permanent sensitivity will not be caused. There may be slight sensitivity directly after or for a few days following the procedure. After a few days, it will return to the level of sensitivity the patient previously had before having their teeth whitened. It does not permanently damage the nerves in your teeth.
How long does professional whitening last?
Depending on your lifestyle, like whether you are a smoker or constant coffee drinker, your whitening can last for anywhere from 9 to 12 years. Keep in mind that some fading is unavoidable, but touch ups can be done as needed.
How will whitening my teeth affect my bonds, fillings, or crowns?
Whitening your teeth will not harm your restorative dental work. That said, any existing dental implants, bonding, filling, crowns, or veneers will not lighten like the rest of your teeth.