If you want to erase dental stains and enjoy a brilliant, sparkling smile, consider teeth whitening at our Chandler, AZ practice. Whitening treatments are quick, effective, and affordable. Best of all, they are highly effective, and they can brighten your smile by several shades. At Value Dental Centers Chandler, we offer two types of whitening. In-office and take-home treatments are both quite successful. The right type for you will depend on your goals for treatment, your lifestyle, and your budget. Following a comprehensive consultation, our team can help you select the most appropriate option.
Is Teeth Whitening Right for You?
Teeth whitening can reduce extrinsic stains, located on the outside of your teeth. These stains usually result because of food and drink. Dark-colored products, such as coffee, red wine, and tomato sauce, will leave molecules clinging to the front of your teeth. Over time, the buildup of these molecules will give your smile a yellow or brown tint. Smoking can have similar effects, since molecules from the smoke and tar will attach to your dental enamel. Genetics and age can also contribute to dental discoloration.
If you struggle with intrinsic stains, located inside your teeth, whitening will not be appropriate. Often, these stains are the result of certain medications, dental infection, or discolored fillings. Fortunately, however, we can recommend an alternative treatment, such as dental bonding or porcelain veneers, to conceal internal stains.
Before you can undergo whitening, you should have generally good dental health. We will need to address any decay or gum disease before providing this treatment.
Your Whitening Options
In-office whitening may be appropriate if you want to achieve immediate results. It can also be a good choice if you struggle with tooth sensitivity, and you desire completely dentist-supervised treatment. To perform in-office whitening, your dental professional will first create a barrier over your gums. The dam will keep the bleaching gel from touching these sensitive soft tissues. Then he or she will coat your teeth in the whitening gel. The peroxide-based product will produce an oxidation reaction. Oxygen molecules will move through your teeth, breaking apart dental stain as they go. In most cases, your practitioner will apply three separate coats of gel for optimal results.
Take-home whitening can be just as effective as in-office care. It can be a good option if you are watching your budget and if time is not a major factor. We will create a set of custom-made whitening trays, crafted from impressions of your teeth. You will fill the trays with a milder form of bleaching gel. In most cases, you should wear the trays about thirty minutes a day for around two weeks. As with in-office care, the gel will chemically break down stains, leaving your teeth noticeably whiter.
How to Maintain Your White Smile
Although teeth whitening can achieve dramatic effects, the results are not permanent. To preserve your whiter smile, you will need to perform touch-up treatments on a regular basis. At your regular exams, our team will monitor the color of your teeth and advise you about how often you should have additional whitening treatments. Of course, routine hygiene can also protect the color of your smile, as can a modified diet. To prevent future stains, reduce your intake of dark-colored foods and drinks. When you follow these protocol, your whiter grin could last the rest of your life.