Teeth whitening is one of our most popular procedures and is ideal if you are looking for a sparkling bright smile. Whitening techniques are often used in combination with other procedures as part of your treatment plan. At the consultation, we will decide on the best approach to achieve the results you desire.
You may wish to whiten your teeth gradually in the comfort of your own home with your own custom-fit tray system. Customized tooth trays are made to fit your teeth. Teeth whitening gel is placed inside the customized tray and worn for up to one hour each day. Your teeth will progressively whiten over 10-14 days, giving a dazzlingly bright smile.
There are many at-home teeth whitening kits available at your local drugstore. As a result, we caution our patients against using this method because it might cause irritation to the gums, especially those that are more delicate. Using one of these kits can harm your tooth enamel and even the pulp chamber, which can be fatal. A custom-fit tray ensures the gel stays where it should and works more swiftly and effectively when you choose one of our kits, even our take-home choices.
In the words of physicians at the Mayo Clinic’s Rochester, Minn., location, over-the-counter whitening kits aren’t safe. Toothpastes labeled as “tooth whitening” products generally contain abrasive and chemical ingredients that might damage your teeth. Brushing your teeth too roughly can also lead to the removal of the enamel from the surface, which can lead to further problems. Because they are available over-the-counter, many people believe that they are safe, but this is not the case. They are more prone to cause harm to the gums, teeth pulp, enamel and other areas of the mouth according to scientific studies
Opting for professional whitening rather of store-bought whitening strips ensures more accurate and long-lasting results than either method alone. Our La Mesa dental office offers teeth whitening services that can lighten your teeth by many shades and drastically improve the appearance of your smile!
You may feel tooth sensitivity following your teeth whitening treatment, however this is not a guaranteed outcome. Our experienced staff does everything they can with in-office therapies to reduce the likelihood of these occurrences. There is a possibility that you will experience an increase in sensitivity while using the custom trays at home for teeth whitening. It is also possible that your gums will become more sensitive or perhaps burn somewhat if they come into contact with the bleaching substance. It is recommended that, if you already know you have sensitive teeth, you use fluoride in your whitening trays to reduce any additional sensitivity.
Please inform our staff of any other sensitivity issues you may have when scheduling your appointment so that we can come up with realistic ways to minimize the possibility of any pain.
The results of teeth whitening can be observed immediately after the in-office treatment is complete. The time it takes for the results of at-home teeth whitening procedures to manifest might range from a few days to a week, depending on the severity of your staining. In some cases, it may take several treatments to see a noticeable difference in the appearance of the staining.
Keep in mind that not everyone will get the results they want from a single teeth whitening session. In order to get the best outcomes, it’s common to suggest follow-up therapies.