Even the most carefully maintained smiles become yellowed or stained overtime. The good news is Preston Bend Dental offers patients two convenient ways to whiten teeth for a picture-perfect smile: in-office and take-home whitening. Whatever your whitening preference, our dental team will help you get the brilliant smile you desire. Whitening toothpastes and mouth rinses are good for removing surface level stains, but when it comes to deeper-set staining, they are not nearly as effective. To remove stains below the enamel, hydrogen or carbamide peroxide needs to be applied to teeth for an extended period of time. This becomes problematic when saliva mixes with whitening toothpastes or mouth rinses effectively neutralizing the chemical reaction necessary for stain removal. That’s why professional whitening is usually preferable.
In about an hour, patients lighten their smile several shades for immediately noticeable, long lasting results. Dr. Anita Naik Madhav starts the procedure by preparing your soft tissue. We’ll need to cover your lips and gums so the carbamide or hydrogen peroxide do not damage your soft tissue. While the oxidizing effects are beneficial for stain removal, they wreak havoc on the skin the same way oxidation caused by UVA/B rays do, and a sun burn in your mouth is not pleasant! Once your soft tissue is protected, Dr. Madhav applies a concentrated whitening gel to the surface of your smile. The whitening agent will need to sit on your teeth for about 45 minutes. Once the whitening gel is removed, patients see an instant change in their smile. Some patients can lighten their teeth up to 10 shades in a single visit!
Patients who prefer to whiten their smiles gradually, have sensitive teeth or gums, or would like to touch up in-office whitening after a few years can utilize our custom at-home tray whitening systems. Dr. Madhav makes application trays to fit your unique smile. For a fully customized whitening plan, we also provide varying strengths of whitening gel depending on the results patients need.
You may be thinking that over-the-counter whitening trays and strips could be just as effective, but one-size-fits-all whitening application trays and strips have two major flaws: they let saliva in and they let whitening gel out. The acid neutralizing qualities of saliva are typically a positive thing, but when it comes to teeth whitening, it’s essential that neutralizing saliva be blocked out in order to receive the full effects of whitening treatment. Essentially, saliva works to neutralize the whitening gel almost as quickly as it can remove stains, so while these over-the-counter whitening agents have many of the same ingredients as professional whiteners, it will take more than twice as long to see the same results. Additionally, ill-fitting applicators allow whitening products to leak onto gums, lips, and other soft tissue. This leads to sores or skin discoloration over time.
Don’t be the only person in your next family photo with a dingy smile. Call Dr. Madhav and the Preston Bend Dental team to schedule a teeth whitening consultation today.