Thanks to increased attention to preventive dental care and oral hygiene, more patients than ever are retaining their natural teeth for longer; however, the aging process and exposure to staining substances over the years can dull and discolor your smile. The easiest way to brighten your smile and enhance your appearance is a professional teeth whitening treatment at the Fawcett Center for Dentistry. We offer several teeth whitening options that provide various degrees of bleaching and treatment flexibility to suit your smile goals and lifestyle.
- What Is Teeth Whitening?
- Teeth Whitening Candidates
- Teeth Whitening Benefits
- Teeth Whitening vs Porcelain Veneers
- Teeth Whitening Results
- Teeth Whitening Options
What Is Teeth Whitening?
Professional-grade teeth whitening treatments are designed to restore whiteness to discolored enamel. Quality teeth whitening solutions contain specialized formulas, which can effectively whiten the enamel in a gentle, safe manner. While in-office treatments are commonplace, many practices also offer take-home whitening kits.
Who is a Candidate for Teeth Whitening?
Teeth whitening is a non-invasive procedure that is generally safe for patients with good oral health. That said, most patients with significant discoloration in their teeth are deemed candidates for this treatment. For this reason, teeth whitening is often incorporated into a smile makeover for comprehensive smile enhancement. Dr. Wayde Fawcett can help you decide whether teeth whitening is the right treatment for you during your initial consultation.
What are the Benefits of Teeth Whitening?
Teeth whitening can offer benefits such as:
- A whiter, brighter, healthier smile
- Removal of stains or discoloration
- Results that can last for months at a time
- A noninvasive treatment that is custom-tailored to meet your needs
Our advanced teeth whitening treatments can present results after just one appointment, though patients often return for multiple treatment sessions. This can be a major advantage over other teeth whitening solutions, which may not provide results until months later.
Teeth Whitening vs. Porcelain Veneers
Both a teeth whitening procedure and the application of porcelain veneers can vastly improve the appearance of your smile; however, they are very different treatments and are far from interchangeable. While veneers can be placed over discolored teeth to restore whiteness, Dr. Fawcett typically reserves veneers for patients with more severe stains that have not responded to teeth whitening. This is because veneers require a long-term commitment and a certain degree of maintenance, whereas teeth whitening does not require any maintenance or the use of any restorations. In any case, Dr. Fawcett will thoroughly evaluate your oral health and help you decide upon a procedure to meet your needs.
What are the Typical Results of Teeth Whitening?
After even just one of our advanced teeth whitening treatments, patients often notice an immediate, natural yet noticeable difference. It is important to note, however, that the results of teeth whitening are not permanent. Rather, patients often come in for treatment sessions (or perform teeth whitening at home) about every six months to maintain the effects. Furthermore, your teeth are more likely to retain their shine if you practice excellent oral hygiene.
What are My Teeth Whitening Options?
Not all teeth are created equally. Some teeth are more easily whitened than others. For that reason, if you are interested in whitening your teeth, we offer in-office and at-home options depending on your needs. Treatments include:
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In-Office Opalescence® Boost™ Teeth Whitening
If it’s faster results you’re after, the one hour in-office Opalescence® Boost™ teeth whitening treatment may be able to deliver the results you are looking for. During the Opalescence® Boost™ treatment, whitening gels are applied to the teeth in 20-minute intervals. The powerful whitening formula contains hydrogen peroxide, potassium nitrate, and fluoride, all of which can aid in long-term whitening. Unlike other in-office whitening systems, Opalescence® Boost™ does not require an activating light for the treatment to start working.
With Opalescence® Boost™, you can expect a significantly brighter, whiter smile after just a single visit! For resistant stains, the process can be repeated or combined with at-home Opalescence Go® trays. Results can last for up to three years and may be optimized with professional dental cleanings every six months, proper home care, and future whitening touch-ups.
Porcelain veneers, porcelain crowns (caps), and tooth-colored fillings will not whiten using any bleaching procedure. That’s why an overall aesthetic treatment plan should be considered. This will ensure a smile that’s uniformly white and bright.
At-Home Whitening with Opalescence® Go Trays
Currently, one of the most popular and low-cost procedures is the at-home bleaching technique. This procedure requires a dental visit, where you’ll be fitted for a custom-made bleaching tray. You’ll also receive the whitening gel that’s best for you, as well as thorough instructions for getting the best results from your at-home Opalescence® Go Trays. Usually, you’ll apply the gel to your custom-made tray, and wear it for around 20 minutes a day for a week or two; tobacco stains may take longer to bleach out.
Contact the Fawcett Center for Dentistry, P.A.
For more information on teeth whitening options available at our practice, or to schedule an appointment, please contact the Fawcett Center for Dentistry.