I want to whiten my teeth, what are my options?
Our office offers a couple options for whitening. The first option is immediate whitening that takes place in-office. The second option is custom trays. They trays are made by taking impressions of your teeth so it fits unique to you. We also carry the syringe refills for the custom trays. Both options will get the same results, but with in-office, you receive immediate results, whereas the custom trays take several days.
What is the difference between in-office whitening and over the counter whitening?
Professional in-office whitening can give you instant results, whereas over-the-counter whitening may take a few weeks before a noticeable difference. In-office whitening procedures use stronger bleaching agents and higher percentage whitening solutions that can only be purchased by dental professionals, which help to reach a whiter smile in a shorter amount of time. In-office whitening treatments are also made custom for each patients unique needs. Over-the-counter whitening products will also give you a whiter smile, but the whitening percentages are not as high, therefore, the expected results will take longer to achieve.
Will my white fillings and crowns whiten?
Surface stains on fillings may lighten during the whitening process, however, the filling itself, as well as the crowns, will not whiten. Fillings and crowns may need to be replaced if you are not satisfied with the color match.
Is it normal for my teeth to be sensitive?
Sensitivity is one of the most common side effects of bleaching. If sensitivity is severe, use the bleach every other day to every third day. Sensitivity toothpaste should be used prior to bleaching to help reduce sensitivity.