Teeth naturally become stained and dull in time, and some habits like drinking coffee and red wine contribute to the problem. If you notice your teeth are less white than you would like, professional teeth whitening options are available.
We offer this type of cosmetic dentistry to patients at Creekside Family Dental. We have two types of whitening to choose from.
Is Whitening Right for Me?
Teeth whitening is not a necessity or a service that improves your oral health. Overall, it’s something that brightens the appearance of the teeth to enhance the smile. This helps many people feel more confident. It’s also something you may decide to do to make a better impression for work or an event.
Everyone’s teeth become stained in time just by exposing them to foods and beverages. Nonetheless, you may desire this solution more than some people if you’re prone to tooth-staining habits. People who enjoy dark-colored foods and beverages end up with faster staining, as do those who use tobacco. You can also develop staining from some medications and poor oral hygiene.
Since whitening is such a common practice, it may be surprising that it’s not right for every person. You need to have healthy teeth and gums to handle the whitening solution. Also, some teeth are discolored by intrinsic stains within the tooth rather than extrinsic ones on the surface. Intrinsic stains won’t necessarily benefit from whitening but may need a different cosmetic dentistry solution such as bonding or veneers. Our dentist can evaluate your situation.
What Whitening Options Are Available to Me?
You can easily find an array of whitening products in retail stores. There are various over-the-counter options, including whitening strips, whitening toothpaste and whitening gels. These products can get your teeth a few shades lighter, yet they often take time to work. Also, they tend to contain a small amount of the active ingredient, hydrogen peroxide, so they may not be as effective as you hope.
Professional dental whitening treatment, on the other hand, uses high concentrations of bleaching agents for faster, more effective results. We also recommend visiting the dentist for whitening because we check your oral health and provide customized whitening. For example, we can tailor solutions to the level of whitening you desire and offer recommendations for sensitive teeth. We ensure that you safely whiten your teeth.
What Type of Teeth Whitening Does Your Office Have?
We give our patients access to a professional whitening solution from Opalescence Tooth Whitening Systems. This treatment provides advanced whitening that you can’t find in over-the-counter products. We offer convenient at-home kits that are customized to your mouth, so you can whiten in the comfort of your home. Alternatively, you can choose our custom bleaching trays. Our team is happy to talk to you about your choices.
Schedule a Consultation Visit
It’s best to start with a consultation, so our dentist can check whether whitening or another service is the right solution for your dental situation and the type of discoloration you have. Alternatively, ask about whitening during your cleaning and exam visit.
Contact our Gahanna, OH office to set up your appointment.