While the eyes may be the windows to the soul, our teeth are the windows into our oral hygiene. Stained and discolored teeth draw attention to us and for all of the wrong reasons. Teeth whitening is an excellent treatment used to improve your smile without having to undergo extensive dental work. One of the most popular procedures requested by patients at Parker West Dental Associates in Plano, TX, is teeth whitening. Patients love that they can achieve dramatic results in such a short time and are incredibly pleased with their new whiter, brighter
Popularity of teeth whitening
Teeth whitening has become quite popular in recent years. Whitening strips can now be purchased to use at home. Whitening kits with trays are another common method that many people use to attain whiter smiles. Many brands of toothpaste claim to have whitening powers. Laser whitening, which is performed at the dentist office, is one of the most commonly requested methods that people rely on to help them enhance their smiles.
What are some common teeth whitening methods?
Laser teeth whitening
Laser whitening, such as ZOOM is so popular because of the dramatic results it can provide in such a short amount of time. The procedure is performed in our Plano, TX dental office and you can expect this laser whitening treatment to take no more than an hour. In just one session, you’ll notice your teeth will whiten several shades and will no longer appear stained or discolored. The results from a ZOOM laser teeth whitening treatment can last for years when the teeth are properly cared for.
During this in-office procedure, special precautions will be taken, including rubber or silicone gum guards and cheek retractors, to protect the rest of your mouth from the whitening solution. ZOOM whitening consists of an advanced whitening gel that is applied to your teeth. A WhiteSpeed blue LED lamp is then placed over your teeth in order to speed up the whitening process. This process is repeated three times and is completed in just 45 minutes. Once the desired shade has been reached a post-treatment gel is applied to help reduce sensitivity and protect the enamel. You’ll also receive a kit with customized whitening trays to take home which can help you maintain your beautiful white smile whenever you notice it’s getting dull.
At-home whitening gel trays
Another widely popular teeth whitening treatment is professional teeth whitening gel trays. KöR whitening, for example, is a new teeth whitening solution offering Plano area men and women the opportunity to get professional whitening results from the comfort and privacy of their own home. Kor whitening provides exceptional results through efficient design paired with high-potency gels capable of amazing results.
Widely recognized as the one of the industry’s most effective teeth whitening systems, KöR offers cost-effective solutions for patients who need various level of whitening. It has been known to make dramatic improvements for average patients who need minimal whitening to astonishing outcomes for patients who have discolored teeth due to unique tetracycline cases.
What if I have sensitive teeth?
The most commonly reported complaint from teeth whitening is teeth sensitivity. This is something that can eventually go away after treatment. It is usually heightened immediately following the procedure and can last for several days. If necessary, your dentist can prescribe medication to help reduce sensitivity. There are also specific toothpastes that help reduce teeth sensitivity. The sensitivity wears off after a few days and you’re left enjoying your pearly white smile.
Am I a good candidate?
Teeth whitening only works on natural teeth. If you have had previous dental work such as crowns, caps, or veneers they will not benefit from a whitening treatment. Stains on teeth that were caused by antibiotics typically do not see completely white results. You can expect results to wear off quicker if you’re a heavy coffee drinker or smoker. The best way to keep your teeth bright and shiny is by practicing good oral hygiene and visiting your dentist on a regular basis for dental cleanings.
Maintaining your pearly whites
After you have a professional teeth whitening treatment, you can still eat and drink the foods you desire, but do it with caution and be sure to brush and floss after. Certain foods, such as coffee and tea, or even red wine, can leave a layer of liquid on the teeth that can contribute to further staining. Brushing your teeth after you consume certain food or drinks can help keep your smile brighter for a longer period of time.
Embrace that million dollar smile
Teeth whitening is one of the most requested procedures on the market to help brighten and whiten teeth. One of the best things about this procedure is that it lasts for years if you maintain good oral hygiene and avoid liquids that can stain your teeth. Once you see the dramatic difference in your teeth you’ll see that your beautiful brighter smile is priceless.
Where do I start?
If you think your teeth and smile can benefit from a teeth whitening procedure then give our Plano, TX dental office a call. You can schedule an examination with one of our dentists, Dr. Ron Bosher or Dr. Tim Nguyen, in order to determine whether or not you’re a good candidate for this procedure. There are different whitening options available that can give you a brighter smile and these can be explained in further detail when you meet with the dentist.
A whiter, brighter smile can be yours for the taking at Parker West Dental Associates. Give our Plano, TX dental practice a call today and you can be on your way to a gorgeous smile in no time.