Put the Sparkle Back into Your Smile
As you age, the brightness of your smile can fade or become discolored. Changes in the color of your teeth can be caused by the food and beverages you consume (like coffee, tea and soda), childhood medications or illnesses, tobacco use, improper oral hygiene and many other factors. The good news is that today there are a variety of solutions to whiten discolored or darkened teeth.
If you’re looking for a safe and effective way to dramatically whiten your teeth in the comfort and convenience of your own home, customized whitening trays may be the best for you. In as little as a few weeks, an at-home whitening system can give you the results you desire. The trays are specifically molded to your teeth and filled with a whitening agent that breaks down stains on your teeth, putting the sparkle back in your smile!
Understanding Teeth Whitening
Using over-the-counter whitening toothpaste or strips only minimally brighten the teeth and the results may not be very noticeable. Generic trays may also be ill-fitting, causing the whitening gel to leak out and irritate the gums.
Dentist-supervised whitening with customized trays is safer and more effective than over-the-counter products. Our team ensures that the trays mold to your teeth to ensure that the bleaching agent stays where it should, without leaking. We also provide you with detailed instructions for wearing the trays, and schedule follow up appointments to monitor progress and results.
Wearing the whitening trays is comfortable and convenient. You can wear them in the privacy of your own home while you read, watch television, cook or clean. However, the trays should not be worn while eating or drinking.
What Happens During Teeth Whitening Treatment?
Prior to starting whitening treatment, we will explain the available whitening options and work with you to achieve your specific needs and goals. Although take-home whitening trays can help almost anyone, they may not be as effective in every case. We can determine if tooth whitening is a possible option for you by performing a comprehensive oral exam. If we feel an alternative treatment would better fit your needs, we will recommend it.
If it is determined that take-home whitening trays are the best option for you, your teeth will be cleaned and checked for any decay or other areas of concern that need to be addressed. With a clean bill of health, teeth whitening treatment can proceed.
Impressions will be taken of your teeth, and these molds are used to create the whitening trays. It typically takes a few days to construct the lightweight and comfortable trays. Once the trays are ready, we provide you with the bleaching solution, advise you how to fill the trays, and provide instructions for wearing them.
This process is not painful; some patients only experience a mild tingling sensation that quickly dissipates after treatment. If you are concerned about this, using an anti-sensitivity toothpaste prior to treatment can reduce the chances of sensitivity. Or, talk to our dentists about other solutions.
Once you have achieved the desired results, it is important to maintain a good oral hygiene regimen to preserve your newly brightened, white smile. We may also recommend occasional touch-ups. A whitened smile will always be brighter than it was before the procedure, but by following our instructions, you can enjoy the results for a long time.
Learn More about Teeth Whitening
If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of teeth whitening treatment, please call or email Dentistry of Sugar Hill today. We look forward to helping you achieve the beautiful results you desire!