Improving the appearance of your smile can make a difference in your confidence and overall quality of life. At the office of PresiDental Care, we provide experienced care, skillfully combining the art and science of dentistry to give patients teeth that are as beautiful as they are healthy.
As dedicated providers of care, our goals are to help every patient maintain good oral health and wear their best-looking smile. We tailor treatment to address individual needs and meet every patient’s expectations of care.
After examining your smile and determining if a teeth whitening procedure is suitable for you, we’ll recommend the best in-office procedure or a take-home whitening system to achieve your cosmetic goals.
How white your teeth look depends on how they reflected and scattered light. Although external staining is typically due to certain foods, beverages, or tobacco use, internal tooth discoloration is usually the result of genetics, certain medications, tooth decay, restorations, and trauma. Aging also plays a significant role in tooth color. Over time, as the outer layer of enamel thins, the yellow inner layer of dentin becomes more apparent.
Your dentist will first conduct a thorough dental examination to assess the health of your teeth and gums, and determine if you are a suitable candidate for teeth whitening.
The next step involves the application of whitening agent to the teeth after you have been prepared with isolation of the gums and soft tissues to protect against unwanted whitening gel reaching those areas.
Once the whitening agent is applied, your dentist will monitor the progress and ensure that the whitening process is proceeding as expected.
After the whitening treatment is completed, your dentist will provide you with instructions on post-whitening care.
Teeth whitening or bleaching simply refers to any process that will make the teeth appear whiter. Today, there’s an abundance of choices in teeth whitening products and procedures available to you. Options run the gamut from over-the-counter toothpastes, rinses, strips, or gels to professionally supervised in-office treatments and customized take-home kits.
At the office of PresiDental Care, we combine the art and science of dentistry to create beautiful and healthy smiles. We value your investment and provide treatment that supports good oral health while fulfilling your smile goals and expectations of care. We offer a range of advanced cosmetic dental services and will help you choose the option that’s right for your smile.
While teeth whitening procedures in most cases produce highly satisfying results, not every type of stain or discoloration responds well to one. First of all, a teeth whitening procedure only works on natural teeth and does not change or improve the color of dental fillings, crowns, or bridges.
Teeth whitening is generally considered safe when performed by a qualified dentist or under their supervision. However, it's important to follow the instructions provided and not exceed the recommended duration or frequency of use. Overuse of whitening products or using products with excessive whitening agents can potentially damage tooth enamel and irritate gums. It's best to consult with your dentist to determine if teeth whitening is suitable for you and to ensure proper usage.
The longevity of teeth whitening results can vary depending on factors such as your oral hygiene habits, diet, and lifestyle choices. Typically, teeth whitening results can last anywhere from several months to a couple of years. However, over time, teeth may gradually darken again due to natural aging and exposure to staining substances. Touch-up treatments or periodic use of whitening products may be needed to maintain the desired level of teeth whiteness.
Some individuals may experience temporary tooth sensitivity or gum irritation after teeth whitening. These side effects are usually mild and subside on their own within a few days. Using desensitizing toothpaste or other recommended products can help alleviate tooth sensitivity. It's important to follow the instructions provided by your dentist or on the whitening product for safe and effective use.
Teeth whitening is most effective for removing surface stains caused by food, beverages, tobacco, and aging. However, not all types of stains can be effectively treated with teeth whitening. Stains that are intrinsic (inside the tooth) or caused by certain medications, tooth trauma, or developmental issues may not respond well to teeth whitening. In such cases, your dentist may recommend alternative treatment options such as veneers or dental bonding to improve the appearance of your teeth.