Over time, teeth can become discolored. They can also get stained by what we eat or drink. The color of our teeth may also be altered by tartar buildup or other factors. But most of us want a picture-perfect, brilliant smile. And luckily, there are several different methods to achieve a brighter smile, including professional teeth whitening and at-home teeth whitening.
Professional teeth whitening
At Modern Dental Care in Las Vegas, we offer a variety of teeth whitening options. Professionally whitening teeth involves using a bleaching whitening product on your teeth to lighten the color and remove stains or discoloration from the outer tooth layer.
To begin professionally whitening teeth, Dr. Edington or a member of our dental staff will protect your gums from the bleaching material by putting a rubber shield or gel on them. After, our team will apply the whitening to your teeth. We may use a laser or lamp to help speed up the whitening process. In our dental office, this procedure takes about 90 minutes.
At-home teeth whitening
While professional teeth whitening is the best option if you are looking to have a brighter smile, there are some at-home whitening options that may help including using the following:
- Tray whitening
- Paint-on teeth whiteners
- Teeth whitening strips
- Whitening toothpastes and mouthwash
The effectiveness of these at-home whitening procedures depends on the amount of whitening agent. The regulations on the amount of whitening agent allowed in whitening products varies from country to country. Additionally, whitening toothpastes or mouthwashes affect only surface stains and will not affect the natural color of your teeth.
Patients who have existing tooth decay are not good candidates for any type of teeth whitening. It may make your teeth sensitive. Additionally, teeth whitening does not work on crowns, fillings, Lumineers®, or veneers.
Schedule a consultation today with Dr. Edington at Modern Dental Care in Las Vegas to learn more about how you can whiten your teeth.