Teeth whitening is perhaps the simplest and least expensive way to transform your smile. Dr. Hess offers a variety of teeth whitening procedures to help you achieve a brighter, more youthful smile. Teeth whitening is often combined with other restorative and cosmetic dentistry procedures for a total smile makeover.
Is Teeth Whitening Right For You?
Teeth darken naturally with age. These changes in color can be accelerated by exposure to the foods and beverages such as coffee, tea, and sodas. Other factors for tooth discoloration may include childhood medications or illnesses, tobacco use or improper oral hygiene.
In most cases, the color of teeth can be improved with simple teeth whitening procedures. For cases where teeth are significantly stained or discolored, Dr. Hess may recommend covering the tooth with a dental veneer or dental crown.
At Home Teeth Whitening
Dr. Hess can create a personalized professional teeth whitening system for you to follow at home. This cosmetic dentistry treatment will include customized bleaching trays, which will ensure the bleaching gel is administered evenly and properly without damaging the gums or tooth enamel. At home teeth whitening treatment takes place over a number of weeks where the trays are worn either during the day or overnight, depending on the patient, for a set amount of time.
Teeth Whitening FAQs
What’s the difference between OTC teeth whitening and professional teeth whitening?
Professional teeth whitening is customized by the dentist to meet your needs and goals. The products that Dr. Hess offers are specially formulated to maximize results while minimizing side effects like tooth sensitivity. Dr. Hess also creates custom made bleaching trays to fit the exact contours of your teeth – both protecting gums and delivering consistent results.
How much does teeth whitening cost?
Teeth whitening is a relatively inexpensive treatment. The cost will be based on the method of teeth whitening. Dr. Hess offers flexible payment options and financing for qualified patients. learn more
How long does teeth whitening last?
Your habits and lifestyle will contribute to the longevity of teeth whitening results. With proper care and maintenance, the results of professional teeth whitening can be very long lasting. Dr. Hess recommends that you avoid dark foods and beverages that are likely to discolor teeth. Patients should also avoid cigarette smoking and other tobacco products.
What are the side effects of teeth whitening?
The most common teeth whitening side effect is tooth and gum sensitivity, which typically goes away in a couple days following treatment. Dr. Hess selects specially formulated products to minimize these side effects.