Your life will be full of big moments. You’ll want to look your best and be able to smile freely and confidently when these moments come. However, maybe you feel self-conscious about smiling because your teeth are yellowed or stained? Professional teeth whitening treatments can help you brighten and refresh the appearance of your smile. Many dentists, such as Dr. Leonard Hess of Union County Center for Comprehensive Dentistry, even offer at-home whitening kits to allow you to benefit from this treatment on your own time and in the comfort of your own home. Read on to learn more about professional teeth whitening.
How Do Teeth Get Discolored?
Even if you’ve dutifully cared for your teeth by brushing and flossing as recommended by your dentist, discoloration of your enamel will still occur naturally over time. This process can also be caused by other factors such as smoking or chewing tobacco or daily drinking of coffee, tea, cola or red wine. Even the use of certain prescribed medications can cause increased discoloration.
Following your dentist’s recommendation of brushing twice daily and flossing at least once daily can slow this natural discoloration process down. In addition to helping maintain your oral health, these important interventions can help your smile stay brighter and healthier longer, but they cannot reverse this process.
Dr. Hess, in the Monroe/Charlotte, NC area, offers patients the option of in-office or at- home professional teeth whitening treatments. Both options can erase years’ worth of stains and restore a more youthful appearance for your teeth. A fresh, white smile can boost your self-confidence and help you feel ready to meet whatever challenges arise.
In-Office Teeth Whitening
Our fastest method of teeth whitening is the in-office procedure. This takes a little over an hour and can produce results up to ten shades lighter. Results will depend on the severity and source of stains on the patient’s teeth, with certain stains being more difficult to erase completely. Dr. Hess will discuss expected results prior to your treatment during your consultation.
The process of in-office teeth whitening usually goes as follows. First, we set up a protective barrier for your gums. Next, we brush a layer of maximum strength bleaching gel onto your teeth and activate the ingredients with a special light. This process may need to be repeated several times until your desired shade is achieved.
At-Home Teeth Whitening Kit
Our most convenient method for removing stains from your tooth enamel is at-home teeth whitening. This method utilizes custom-fitted trays that Dr. Hess creates in the office and maximum strength bleaching gel. The take home kit will provide results far superior to over the counter options such as whitening strips and toothpastes that you may see for sale at your local drugstore.
At home, you will fill the trays with gel and fit them over your teeth for the prescribed amount of time daily, often overnight while you sleep. The bleaching gel will remove stains and, because it contains fluoride, it will also reduce sensitivity and strengthen your enamel. After about a week of regular use, your teeth will look dramatically whiter. All our teeth whitening products are specially formulated to minimize tooth sensitivity and Dr. Hess carefully supervises teeth whitening treatments.
Teeth Whitening in Monroe/Charlotte, NC
To discuss which teeth whitening treatment would work best for your dental hygiene goals, schedule an appointment with Dr. Hess at Union County Center for Comprehensive Dentistry in Monroe, NC by calling 704.240.5045 or request an appointment online.