At first, your teeth look bright and white and you happily enjoy displaying that beautiful smile. But as time goes on, you realize that the beautiful smile you had some years ago has gone away. Your teeth have been darkening and losing their luster. Stains and discoloration can rob you of your bright, white smile. A teeth whitening procedure can help when you find yourself in this situation. Whether you want to restore a beautiful smile as you prepare for that special event or you just want to brighten your smile, teeth whitening can do the trick. Our team at The Dentist on Boones Ferry performs teeth whitening to beautify your teeth and restore confidence as you show your smile.
Why Whiten Your Teeth
Often, teeth can turn yellow and dull as we age. This arises because of drinks and food consumed over time. Drinking tea, coffee, wine, and other beverages that stain teeth leads to tooth discoloration. Smoking tobacco is also another reason teeth can become stained. While brushing after eating and drinking something can help reduce staining, it does not work sufficiently enough to eradicate stains entirely. But your teeth can be restored when you visit us for a whitening treatment.
In-Office Whitening vs. Take-Home Whitening Solutions
You may decide to choose between in-office whitening and take-home whitening trays. While both serve to whiten your teeth, they work differently, and the timeline for getting results varies. Take-home whitening trays work a bit more slowly than the in-office whitening treatment. If you do not have time to have the whitening done in our dental office, we commend you get the take-home whitening trays.
If you opt for the in-office whitening, we start the procedure by getting a shade of the teeth that serve as the benchmark to compare with the results we get. Our dentist will place what is known as a cheek retractor to expose your teeth. The dentist then covers the eyes, gums, and lips so that they are protected from the bleaching agent we use to whiten teeth. Your lips and gum may be burnt by the gel if we do not cover them. The dentist then applies the whitening gel and allows it to stay on for about 10 minutes. The gel has hydrogen peroxide or other active ingredients that remove stains. Our dentist rinses the mouth and polishes your teeth. This procedure is repeated until the desired shade of teeth is obtained.
If you prefer take-home whitening trays, our dentist begins by getting a mouth impression. The impression or model is used to make the trays in a laboratory. We provide a gel that is poured into the trays before placing them in the mouth. Since the trays are able to fit securely on the teeth, the gel does not leak. The whitening process may take about seven to 14 days to obtain the results you want.
Restore your lost smile today by getting whitening treatment from our team at The Dentist on Boones Ferry. Contact us at (971) 377-1208 to set up an appointment to get started with your whitening process.