Brighten up Your Smile with Teeth Whitening
Popular, safe, and effective, teeth whitening gives patients across the world a reason to smile. Let us help you smile with confidence. Now, with professional teeth whitening systems, we help you achieve the pearly whites you desire.
Why Teeth Discolor
Chemicals in foods, beverages, and tobacco change the color of your teeth, as can the effects of aging. Medications such as tetracycline, excessive fluoride, and previous dental work may also cause unsightly stains on tooth enamel. Genetics also affect the color of teeth. While we think of tooth enamel as white, the natural, unstained shade of teeth ranges from pearly white to bluish gray to pale yellow. Even if you brush and floss daily, stains tarnish your beautiful smile and steal the confident image you want to convey.
Teeth Whitening Options
You don’t have to live with discolored teeth. After a thorough examination, we recommend one of the best options for whitening and brightening your smile.
In-Office Teeth Whitening
In-office teeth whitening is one of the safest and quickest ways to safely whiten your teeth. During this process, we place a protective rubber dam around gums and apply a solution of 15 to 35 percent carbamide peroxide, a chemical found in most bleaching products to your teeth. Depending on the whitening method, Dr. Oyler may also use a laser or special lamp to speed the bleaching process. In-office whitening gives you dazzlingly white teeth in less than an hour.
At-Home Teeth Whitening
If you'd prefer, we are able to create clear, customized bleaching trays for you to whiten at home. The professional-grade at-home whitening solution usually contains 10 percent carbamide peroxide. Simply pour the solution into custom application trays and wear them for an hour a day. You will notice whiter teeth almost immediately, but the most dramatic results appear after one to two weeks of daily treatment.
Over-the-Counter Teeth Whitening
You can purchase home use whiteners over the counter. While there are so many on the market, most of these products are not as effective as the bleaching methods available in our office. If you prefer to use a store-bought whitening system, ask us which product would work best for you. We want you to have a smile you will be proud of, so we’re happy to help. Use over-the-counter products as directed, and never use whiteners for more than the recommended time period.
Teeth Whitening Toothpastes
If your teeth are sensitive to bleaching, Dr. Oyler may recommend a dentifrice (whitening toothpaste). These contain chemical or polishing agents to gently remove stains from the surface of your teeth. While your teeth won’t be as white as if you used a bleaching system, whitening toothpaste is safe, easy to use, and can be purchased over the counter.
After Teeth Whitening
With all whitening systems, we advise patients not to eat or drink foods that stain, or to smoke, since recently-whitened teeth absorb stains. Teeth whitening systems also cause increased sensitivity in your teeth and gums. These side effects pass with time, but if they persist or other problems arise, you should contact our office immediately.
Teeth Whitening Alternatives
If bleaching and teeth whitening can't get teeth as white as you’d like, veneers or bonding may be a good solution. These cosmetic dentistry procedures are long lasting and do not discolor or stain. In addition to whitening your smile, veneers and bonding cover cracks, chips, and slight misalignments.