Over the years, our teeth begin to discolor. This happens when the enamel wears down and allows dentin, a yellow color substance that makes up the core of our teeth, to show through. Teeth whitening uses bleach to restore a shiny, white color to your teeth.
At Home Teeth Whitening
We offer professional strength home teeth whitening kits that can be used in the comfort of your home and on your own schedule. A lower concentration of bleach is used in these kits, so results are seen after a longer period of usage. Typically, the kits recommend bleaching once a day for a few weeks.
Another type of teeth whitening is in-office teeth whitening, also called chair-side teeth whitening. This method uses a high-concentration peroxide gel is applied to the teeth and activated by a heat, a special light, and/or a laser. While the results are almost immediate, it can lead to inconsistent results and increased sensitivity.
Dr. McCool promotes the at home treatment and our patients love it. Home teeth whitening kits are less expensive than in-office whitening procedures, but more effective than drug store teeth bleaching products. Each at home teeth whitening kit comes with a custom fit bleaching tray which helps to apply the bleaching product evenly over teeth without causing discomfort to the gums.
Other Procedures for Whitening Teeth
There are many reasons to want to whiten your teeth. Whether it be for a more beautiful smile, a younger appearance, or for an upcoming event like a wedding or class reunion, you are not alone. If you do not wish to use teeth whitening gels or if you also have existing dental issues, there are other options for improving the appearance of your teeth.
Dental bonding is a conservative treatment for minor cosmetic and functional issues. Cosmetic dental bonding is a simple procedure, typically completed in a single visit.
A tooth colored, biocompatible composite resin, similar to a “white filling”, is applied directly to the tooth and sculpted into the proper shape and form, then cured using a special light. Bonding does not remove any of the tooth’s natural structure as is required for porcelain veneers or dental crowns, but may need to be re-touched in the future.
Veneers can be used to cover stained or discolored teeth. If your teeth are badly decayed or otherwise damaged, veneers can be a good way to restore your natural smile. Learn more about dental veneers