A smile can change the tone of a room. If you want to improve the look of your smile, but not sure what you can do or afford, we can help. There are many people who shy away from the phrase “cosmetic dentistry”, thinking that it’s not right for them. The truth is that there is a wide variety of treatments available, all designed to improve your smile, and we may have the treatment that fits your needs. How your teeth look matters.
Teeth whitening treatment is one of the most common cosmetic procedures we perform here at Langtree Dental Associates. Professional teeth whitening treatment is quick, easy and very effective. We can provide controlled and directed whitening, that’s something that you can’t achieve easily with store-bought alternatives. We invite you to inquire and experience the wonderful benefits of in-office whitening treatment!
Teeth Darkening and Staining
It’s not abnormal for teeth to become dingy, we use them everyday. But, that dingy look can make us look older, worn down, or even unclean. In general, teeth staining is categorized as either intrinsic or extrinsic. Teeth whitening can remove extrinsic stains, meaning stains that are on the outer surface of the tooth, this is due to the porous nature of enamel. Extrinsic stains are often the result of consuming pigment-heavy foods, including dark beverages such as tea, coffee, and wine. It may also include a number of dark sauces such as soy sauce or tomato based sauces. Smoking cigarettes or the use of other tobacco products are also a big contributor to extrinsic stains.
During your initial appointment, Dr. Shannon Snipe will be able to determine if your stains qualify for a professional whitening treatment. Stains that can not be whitened can be covered through dental bonding or the addition of dental veneers or crowns.
Teeth Whitening In Office
Having your teeth whitened in our office takes about one hour to complete. We will first discuss the look you’re hoping to achieve and answer any questions such as post sensitivity and future staining. Once the patient is ready, we will then proceed, the whitening process includes:
||Protecting the Gums: The cleaning solution is strong, we will place a rubber sheet over your gums to protect them from burning during the whitening process.
||Whitening Gel: The whitening gel we use contains a prescribed level of peroxide. This is part of what separates us from store bought products, we can apply a much higher concentration than can be store bought. Additionally, since the product is being applied under the control of a trained professional, you are going to get the level of whitening desired. We will leave the gel on your teeth for 20-30 minutes depending on the work being done and the look trying to be achieved.
||LED Whitening: For some patients, we may then apply LED light to activate the gel and advance the results.
||Possible Repeat: We may choose to reapply the gel if the desired look is not achieved, we may even ask that you come in for an additional appointment. We will help you get exactly what you are looking for.
Teeth Whitening At Home
Besides office teeth whitening, we can prescribe a kit for whitening at home. This may be done instead of having your teeth whitened in our office, or following office whitening for future touch ups. Your kit will include a customized tray and a prescribed gel, this concentration will not be as strong as we can apply in the office, but higher than can be purchased in a store.
Schedule Your Appointment
If you are interested in professional teeth whitening, call (704) 672-0477 and schedule your appointment today!