When you visit our team at Harper Dental, you will discover a comprehensive range of services devoted to ensuring you get to achieve the healthiest and brightest smile possible. Stains and discoloration of teeth are very common, especially due to the types of foods we now eat and poor lifestyle choices. Coffee, sodas, wine, berries, spicy food, smoking, and even aging tend to have a destructive effect on the appearance of teeth.
A white smile is often considered a sign of cleanliness, good oral hygiene, and beauty. It gives people the confidence to smile openly, knowing that they look good. To achieve this when teeth are discolored often means giving a trial to a range of over the counter and professional whitening treatments.
Why Choose Professional Whitening?
Over the counter tooth whitening solutions include the use of teeth whitening toothpaste, strips, and trays. Teeth whitening toothpaste contains a higher concentration of hydrogen peroxide, which helps to treat surface stains and takes a long time to work. There is also some reliance on the abrasive action of brushing to help polish the enamel.
The strips are applied to the tooth surface for about an hour over the course of a few days or weeks. Whitening tends to be quicker than with toothpaste but again only treats surface stains, meaning that the results are rarely long-lasting. Boil and bite tray applications can be found in many drug stores. They can be ordered with whitening gels to allow for home treatment.
Professional whitening procedures are undertaken under the supervision of a dentist. This ensures greater care for often sensitive teeth and careful handling of the bleaching materials. The treatments also ensure that the problems of both surface and deep stains are addressed to guarantee better and longer-lasting results. With treatments undertaken at our dentists’ offices, the results can be immediately seen, leading to greater satisfaction. The results are also better, sometimes as much as 5-7 shades brighter.
How Professional Teeth Whitening Works
Professional treatments make use of solutions or gels that contain hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide in concentrations of between 10-22%. The most effective and quickest option is laser treatment. Teeth are soaked in the whitening solution, and a laser light is directed onto them to activate the solution. The longer the solution remains activated, the whiter the results will be.
The other option is professional tray whitening. Here a custom tray is created using dental impressions taken of your teeth. The trays are properly fitted and trimmed to ensure no irritation of the gumline. You are then given this alongside a whitening gel that you will be applying inside the tray before wearing it over the teeth. The trays are usually prescribed to be worn for a few hours each day for a specific period. There is some sensitivity that develops when using these trays and gels, but it usually takes a short period to adjust. Though they are also quite effective, the time taken to achieve results is longer than with laser treatment.
The safest and most effective way to achieve a bright white smile when teeth are discolored is to seek professional care. Come see us and we will advise you on the best course of treatment. Call us at Harper Dental at (479) 431-0280 today.