At Modern Dental Care in Las Vegas, we offer an array of teeth whitening services to our patients who want a brighter smile. Since there are so many options to choose, it can be difficult to decide on the method that is right for you. Before you start any teeth whitening regimen, request a consultation and talk to Dr. Edington about the differences between professional, in-office teeth whitening and at-home teeth whitening kits.
What should I expect from in-office teeth whitening?
The first professional option is commonly referred to as in office teeth whitening. This procedure is performed at Modern Dental Care in Las Vegas. During an in office whitening treatment, we may include the use of a lamp or laser to enhance the effectiveness of the whitening gel by accelerating the peroxide.
During your office visit, Dr. Edington will apply the whitening gel and, depending on the system he uses, will shine a light source directly onto the teeth. The entire office visit generally takes about 90 minutes and has immediate results. This is a great option if you will be taking professional pictures, going to a special event or just to improve your self-confidence!
What different at-home teeth whitening options do I have?
If you choose to whiten your teeth at home, you have a number of different options, like:
Tray whitening uses professional whitening material, like custom-made trays and whitening gel, that is only available through your dentist. The whitening gel is placed in custom-fitted trays that you put over your teeth. As the peroxide in the gel breaks down, hydroxyradicals are then able to whiten stained teeth. Unlike teeth whitening strips, tray bleaching whitens all your natural teeth and is intended to provide maximum comfort. At home professional tray whitening generally takes 10-14 days, although you may notice results in as little as three to five days.
Paint-On Teeth Whiteners
There are many over-the-counter teeth whitening options, and one type of readily accessible whitening product is commonly referred to as “paint-on” teeth whiteners. Paint-on whiteners can be purchased over-the-counter and generally are less expensive and less effective than whitening strips or professional options. Paint-on teeth whiteners consist of a gel that is applied to the tooth using a small brush. Paint-on whitening gel hardens into a film that coats the teeth, and dissolves in the mouth. As with any teeth whitening regimen, it is wise to consult with a dental professional before use.
Teeth Whitening Strips
Teeth whitening strips are thin, flexible plastic (polyethylene) strips with a thin film of hydrogen peroxide on one side. Whitening strip kits come with two types of strips: strips for the upper teeth and strips for the lower teeth. The whitening agent is applied by placing the strips across your teeth and gently pressing the strips into place to ensure contact with all your teeth. Teeth whitening strips are typically worn for 30 minutes a day, twice a day. The duration of treatment will vary.
Whitening Toothpaste and Mouthwash
The least expensive options are whitening toothpastes and mouthwashes. Designed to have “whitening” capabilities, toothpastes and mouthwashes work to remove surface stains using mild abrasives. However, unlike the materials used in professional whitening procedures, these products do not lighten the actual color shade of the tooth. Whitening toothpastes affect surface stains and will mildly lighten your teeth.
Am I a good candidate for teeth whitening?
Patients who experience the most benefit from teeth whitening....
- Are in good dental health
- Maintain good dental health by brushing three times a day, flossing and visiting us for regular dental checkups every six months
- May suffer from slightly discolored teeth
- Wish to improve the look of their smile for aesthetic purposes
- Are in good physical health
Are there any side effects with teeth whitening?
Teeth whitening is a safe, effective procedure, and does not typically include any negative side effects. Minor side effects may consist of:
- Increased tooth sensitivity to hot or cold
- White spots on the surface of the teeth (a potential side effect of at-home whitening systems)
- Nighttime whitening trays may cause additional gum sensitivity or irritation.
To see which teeth whitening treatment would fit best with your lifestyle, request a consultation today with Dr. Edington at Modern Dental Care in Las Vegas!