There are many products and techniques available for patients who want to achieve a whiter smile, and with so many options available, it can be difficult to choose the method that is right for you. The best way to begin any teeth whitening regimen is to schedule an appointment, and talk to your doctor about the differences between in-office professional whitening and at-home whitening.
IN-OFFICE TEETH WHITENING
Fern Creek Dentistry offers an in-office whitening system utilizing 38% hydrogen peroxide as the active ingredient with potassium nitrate to minimize sensitivity. It does not require a chair-side whitening light to produce impressive results. The system comes with a light-cured gingival barrier designed to maintain an effective barrier yet be easily removed from embrasures and undercuts. Patients will notice their teeth at least 3 shades whiter with one office visit.
AT-HOME TEETH WHITENING
Tray bleaching is a type of professional whitening that uses custom-made trays and whitening gel only available through your dentist. The whitening gel is placed in custom-fitted trays that fit perfectly over your teeth. As the peroxide in the gel breaks down, hydroxyl radicals help whiten stained teeth. Unlike strips, this process whitens all your natural teeth and may contain ingredients intended to provide maximum comfort. At-home professional tray whitening generally takes 10-14 days, although you may notice results in as little as three to five days.
What to Expect
A thorough examination initially performed by our dentists at Fern Creek Dentistry before any bleaching treatment is recommended to assess that the patient’s dental health and tooth enamel is strong. Our dentists will go over the teeth whitening trays and options, and a tray mold will then be made of the individual’s mouth. Our dentists will include the whitening gel and custom trays that are included in the take home kit, and thorough instructions will be provided. The total tray count will vary from each patient based upon how much bleaching is desired.
After the patient reaches the shade of white he or she desires, our dentists suggest that the individual stop the continuation of the gel to prevent damaging the tooth enamel. Once the whitening treatment has concluded, regular dental visits at Fern Creek Dentistry will help to keep the patient’s teeth remaining healthy. The outcomes following professional whitening trays can last for years. Individuals should avoid certain beverages and foods to prevent additional staining, such as red wine, coffee, berries, and soda as well as tobacco products.