Perhaps the most popular and cost-effective way to make a dramatic smile improvement is with cosmetic bleaching, also known as teeth whitening. As our before-and-after teeth whitening gallery shows, teeth bleaching can produce dramatic results with minimal investment and effort. After a thorough exam, one of our cosmetic dentists will talk with you about your goals and make a teeth whitening plan that can best meet your needs.
- Over-the-Counter vs. Professional Teeth Whitening Treatment
- Teeth Whitening Options
- Teeth Whitening and Tooth Sensitivity
- Teeth Whitening Results
- Why Choose Eureka Smiles?
- Teeth Whitening Alternatives
There are many factors that contribute to yellow, brown, or gray stains on the teeth. They include many of the things we eat and drink, medications, tobacco use, older dental restorations, and the natural aging process. Because we offer a wide variety of bleaching options, we can come up with a plan and material that best fits your situation. For those who have tooth sensitivity, we offer materials with varying levels of intensity, along with desensitizing gels to make the experience as pleasant as possible. We have bleaching systems that give the patient choices according to their desires. Some bleaches are meant for overnight use (NiteWhite), while others are meant for shorter durations during the day (DayWhite). With either method, we make a special bleach tray so that the material is placed in very small amounts in just the right position. Depending upon the level of whiteness desired by the patient, we normally see dramatic results in about two weeks with touch-ups done by the patient once every three months.
Over-the-Counter vs. Professional Teeth Whitening Treatment
The biggest difference between professional and over-the-counter teeth whitening involves the effectiveness of treatment. Many of the teeth whitening products found in stores—such as toothpastes, rinses, and whitestrips—do not contain the bleaching agents necessary to reach the inner layers of tooth enamel, where coffee, wine, tobacco, and other staining agents can cause the most discoloration. Consequently, the results yielded by over-the-counter treatments often fail to lighten teeth to any noticeable degree, or require months of consistent use to achieve a difference in tooth shade. This is also true of do-it-yourself remedies like charcoal teeth whitening and coconut oil teeth whitening, neither of which have shown evidence of whitening use that is supported by the American Dental Association. In fact, charcoal can be incredibly abrasive and strip the teeth of its natural enamel.
In contrast, professional teeth whitening treatment is comprised of powerful bleaching agents designed to lighten your teeth by multiple shades in one session. With options custom-tailored to accommodate your unique sensitivity levels, professional-grade teeth whitening is capable of achieving a powerful outcome that can be immediately apparent upon the completion of treatment.
What are My Teeth Whitening Treatment Options?
In-Office Teeth Whitening with Sinsational Smile®
The advanced Sinsational Smile® in-office teeth whitening treatment allows us to create whiter, brighter smiles in as little as 20 minutes. Sinsational Smile® is the first and only “green” certified whitening system, and it can often be very beneficial for those with sensitive teeth. This technique involves the use of silicone dental trays filled with a special whitening gel. An LED accelerating light will activate the solution and speed up the process, helping you achieve faster treatment and immediate results. Many patients achieve optimal results after just one treatment; however, those who desire even whiter outcomes may require additional sessions to meet their goals. You will also be provided with a take-home Sinsational Smile® whitening pen to help you maintain the results for as long as possible.
At-Home Whitening Kits from Opalescence® GO™
Are you looking for an effective teeth whitening option that you can use at home? Our practice offers Opalescence® Go™ at-home whitening kits for patients who want to whiten their teeth at their own convenience. This technique utilizes advanced dental trays (no impressions will be necessary) in an array of flavors. The trays also contain ingredients that can reduce teeth sensitivity during treatment and even enhance oral health. They are designed to collect warmth from your body temperature, allowing them to mold and adapt to your teeth in order to make the treatment experience more comfortable and effective. The trays are pre-filled with professional teeth whitening gel to generate beautiful outcomes while minimizing discomfort. Typical Opalescence® Go™ treatments take about 5 to 10 days to achieve optimal results.
How is Tooth Sensitivity Managed After Teeth Whitening?
While sensitivity after teeth whitening should gradually subside, there are a number of ways you can help minimize discomfort during or after treatment:
- Communicate your levels of sensitivity to Dr. Klumb or Dr. Menolascino so they can adjust your whitening treatment accordingly
- Lessen the frequency with which you undergo treatment, or decrease the amount of bleaching solution used during a whitening session
- Use oral health products specifically designed to diminish sensitivity, such as Sensodyne® toothpaste
- Brush with a soft-bristled toothbrush
- Rinse with fluoride mouthwash
How Long Do Teeth Whitening Results Last?
Teeth whitening can be very long-lasting, but additional sessions may be necessary in the future as your teeth continue to be exposed to food and drink. In general, the results of whitening can fade one to four years after the initial treatment. If desired, touch-up treatments are available for patients who desire a more powerful whitening outcome.
Why Choose Eureka Smiles for Your Bleaching Needs?
Store-bought teeth bleaching materials are typically weaker than what professionals offer, and their trays are seldom as comfortable or as well-fitting when compared to those obtained in a professional dentist’s office. Our skilled dental team has the experience and quality materials to create a treatment program that fits your particular needs while we monitor your progress and make modifications as needed.
Other Teeth Whitening Options
For patients who are affected by deep, dark stains that may be too severe for standard teeth whitening procedures to be effective, we offer a number of advanced alternatives that can address those concerns. These include options such as customized porcelain veneers or full CEREC® dental crowns that can provide durable and beautiful solutions. Our dentist will evaluate your needs to determine whether teeth whitening or other techniques are best for your individual goals.
If you would like to learn more about teeth whitening, or if you would like to schedule a consultation here at Eureka Smiles, please contact us today!