Teeth whitening is a procedure that removes stains and discoloration from teeth using bleaching agents. During an in-office whitening treatment at Holcroft Cosmetic & Family Dentistry, our dentist will apply the whitening agent to your teeth and use a special light to activate the chemical components that help whiten the teeth. This treatment typically takes about an hour to complete.
Many patients get their teeth whitened to improve the look of their smiles before a big event like a wedding or graduation. Others choose teeth whitening to brighten their smiles after braces or in combination with other cosmetic dentistry treatments. No matter why you choose professional teeth whitening, the treatment can improve your confidence and boost your self-esteem!
The Causes of Teeth Discoloration
Discoloration can be caused by various factors, including medications, foods, and highly pigmented drinks, such as berries and dark juices. Other causes of teeth discoloration include genetics, tobacco use, aging, and poor oral hygiene habits. Certain medical conditions can also result in discolored teeth, such as jaundice or prolonged use of certain antibiotics. Fortunately, the effects of tooth discoloration can be reversed with professional teeth whitening treatments.
Types of Teeth Whitening
Professional Teeth Whitening
Professional whitening treatments use bleach or other special chemicals to whiten teeth. An in-office procedure is performed by a dentist and takes about one hour. Professional kits are also available for at-home use and take about two weeks to achieve the desired results.
Professional treatments are faster and more effective than over-the-counter products. They are also safer and less likely to cause sensitivity or complications.
Over-The-Counter Teeth Whitening
Over-the-counter whitening products include strips, trays, and even toothpaste. These products typically contain peroxide-based bleaching agents that break apart stains on your teeth. Over-the-counter products provide less dramatic results than professional-grade products.
Advantages of Professional Teeth Whitening
Enjoy Immediate Results
With professional whitening, you can achieve a noticeably whiter smile in only one session. The time frame will depend on the type of procedure you choose and how many sessions you require.
The results you can achieve with over-the-counter whitening products will only last for a short while. The results of professional treatments can last for several months and are much more reliable.
No Sensitivity Issues
Over-the-counter teeth whitening products often contain ingredients that can cause gum irritation. Because our dentist uses professional solutions, you don’t have to worry about sensitivity or other issues.
If you have always dreamed of a brighter smile or have an important event coming up, we can help you achieve that dream in only one session. To learn more about our teeth whitening procedures, visit Holcroft Cosmetic & Family Dentistry at 2560 RCA Blvd Suite 101, Palm Beach Garden, FL 33410, or call (561) 622-5600.