Your smile is one of the most expressive features of your face. The condition of your teeth cannot only make or break a first impression but can also reveal your true age to those around you. Over time it is a natural phenomenon for our teeth to yellow. Certain lifestyle factors can expedite this process – including the consumption of dark or staining beverages, the quality of your oral health care routine at home and your history of tobacco use.
Just as lines and wrinkles do – your smile can make you appear much older than you truly are.
Professional Whitening vs. Over the Counter Products
As you’ve begun to notice your teeth yellowing, it can be easy to seek out an quick and affordable solution such as over the counter whitening products. Any drug store you visit will likely offer a myriad of choices from whitening strips, gels and trays, pens, toothpastes, mouthwashes, etc. Many of these options promise dramatic results over several days or weeks of treatment.
However, many of our patients visit our office seeking professional treatment only after spending countless hours and dollars on at home whitening kits. The lackluster or short-lived results often leave patients frustrated with the lost time and money – as well as seeking better solutions. Professional whitening services, while more expensive than a whitening toothpaste from the grocery store, are relatively affordable given the long-lasting and extremely effective results.
Professional whitening services by O’Brien Dental can produce results up to 10-12 shades whiter in less than one hour of treatment. Additionally, unlike over the counter products, professional grade products whiten your teeth from within and do not damage your enamel or gums with abrasive scrubs and surface damage.
Is Professional Whitening an Option for Me?
Almost any dental patient will benefit from professional teeth whitening services. Whitening services are especially helpful for those patients who would like to see quick results and dramatic improvement to their smile. If you are considering another cosmetic dental treatment such as dental bonding or veneers it may also be helpful to undergo professional whitening services in advance of these treatments so that your cosmetic correction can be made to match a whiter and brighter smile.
However, it is important to know that whitening services, either over the counter or professional, will not whiten porcelain or resin tooth restorations. If you have undergone a number of cosmetic or restorative dental procedures and have questions, be sure to ask about your potential for successful whitening before undergoing treatment.
Options for Professional Whitening
O’Brien Dental is proud to offer in-office professional whitening services as well as take-home, professional grade whitening kits. For those patients who seek an immediate and dramatic improvement to their smile, in-office treatment may be just what they are looking for.
During in-office treatment, your gums will be covered in order to protect them from damage. A whitening gel will be applied to each of your teeth individually, preventing any missed spots or variations in color. Finally, a special light will be focused on your teeth to activate the whitening gel and brighten your smile safely from within.
However, if you would like to whiten your smile more gradually, in the comfort of your own home, a take-home kit may better suit your needs. For some patients it is also possible to combine these two options in order to achieve their brightest smile ever.
What Results Can I Expect from Professional Teeth Whitening?
A professionally whitened smile can make your teeth appear 10-12 times whiter, restoring your confidence and making you look years younger. Results typically last at least one year.