Tooth whitening is the most popular cosmetic dental procedure in the world, and if you have been considering tooth whitening for a brighter smile, there are some things you should know before you proceed.
According to Dr. Julie Storm from Timberview Family Dentistry, tooth whitening can give you dramatic results and brighten your teeth by up to ten shades; however, too much whitening can cause permanent damage.
Over whitening can weaken the enamel on your teeth, and if overused can actually make your teeth blue and transparent. Over whitening can also make your teeth look chalky and unnatural.
Over the counter tooth bleaching products will never get your teeth as white as professional tooth whitening. The products used by Dr. Julie Storm and her team are much stronger than the gels, strips, pastes and rinses that you will find at your local pharmacy.
Chairside Tooth Whitening
There are two types of professional tooth whitening, in office and take home custom bleaching trays that you take home.
Chairside tooth whitening is usually done in a single visit. Your dentist will apply a special gel that will be activated with a special laser or light. This type of tooth whitening can lighten your teeth up to 10 shades. With chairside tooth whitening you can walk in with yellow teeth and walk out with a brand new grin.
Professional Take Home Whitening Trays
After Dr. Storm takes impressions of your teeth, custom made trays will be made to fit your teeth. Unlike those one-size fits all whitening kits from the pharmacy, custom-made trays will actually work. After you receive your whitening trays, you will be given a prescription tooth whitening gel that you take home and use according to Dr. Storms instructions.
Be aware that teeth whitening will not work on teeth that have been previously restored or on teeth that have interior stains.
If you would like more information regarding professional tooth whitening, schedule an appointment with Timberview Dentistry today.