Our teeth can become stained from eating foods with strong pigments and dyes or just naturally from regular use over time. Because our smiles are the first thing people notice about us and important to make the best possible first impression, you’ll want to keep your teeth looking their best. Maybe you’ve become shy about smiling because your teeth aren’t as white or bright as they once were.
If this sounds like you, professional teeth whitening treatments might be just the ticket to help you regain your confidence! If you are in the greater Charlotte, NC area and are thinking about professional teeth whitening treatments, Dr. Leonard Hess and his team at Union County Center for Comprehensive Dentistry want to help.
How Do Teeth Get Discolored?
Even if you’ve always brushed and flossed as often as recommended by Dr. Hess and dentists around the world, your teeth can still become yellowed and stained naturally over time. How quickly and severely this discoloration occurs can also be increased by factors such as smoking or chewing tobacco or drinking coffee, tea, cola or red wine on a regular basis. In addition, certain prescription medications can cause stains on your teeth as an unfortunate side effect.
Brushing twice daily and flossing every day can slow down discoloration as well as helping your smile stay healthy and strong but it can’t reverse it completely.
Charlotte, NC area dentist Dr. Hess offers patients both professional in-office or at-home teeth whitening. Both treatments can lighten or even remove years’ worth of stains, restoring a brighter, more youthful appearance for your teeth and giving your confidence a boost when you need it.
In-Office Teeth Whitening
Dr. Hess can perform professional whitening treatments at his Monroe, NC dentist office to provide his patients the best results in the least amount of time. This process can be completed in only a little over an hour and can lighten your teeth by up to 10 shades in one sitting. Results will vary depending on the source of the stains and how dark they appear. Dr. Hess will discuss expected results prior to your treatment during your consultation.
The process of in-office teeth whitening starts with the placement of a protective barrier holding back your gums and safeguarding them from the bleaching agent. Next, the maximum strength bleaching gel is brushed onto your teeth and is activated with the use of a special no-heat lamp. Depending on your teeth, this procedure may need to be repeated several times until you achieve your desired brightness.
At-Home Teeth Whitening Kit
Our most convenient method for removing stains from your tooth is with our at-home teeth whitening kits. Dr. Hess will provide whitening trays and our maximum strength bleaching gel to use in them at home. The results of our at-home kits are far superior to the commonly available over-the-counter options such as whitening strips and toothpaste.
With this option, you will wear your custom-fitted trays overnight with gel in them while you sleep in the comfort of your own home. The bleaching gel removes stains while also helping to strengthen your enamel with added fluoride. After using your at-home whitening trays for the prescribed amount of time, your teeth will look dramatically whiter. All our teeth whitening gels are specially formulated to minimize tooth sensitivity and Dr. Hess carefully supervises teeth whitening treatments.
Teeth Whitening in Monroe, NC
To discuss teeth whitening and other dental treatments that might best help you meet your dental hygiene goals, schedule an appointment with Dr. Hess at Union County Center for Comprehensive Dentistry by calling 704.240.5045 or request a consultation online.