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Everyone’s teeth will eventually have a yellow cast, even individuals who do not smoke or drink coffee, tea or red wine. Enamel wears down with age and becomes covered with micro-cracks that collect debris. Today, a teeth bleaching dentist can give you a gleaming smile that you will be proud to flash at every opportunity.
Why Does Professional Teeth Whitening Get Teeth Whiter?
Professional, or chairside teeth whitening, works faster and gets teeth whiter because a teeth bleaching dentist uses a higher concentration of a bleaching agent than toothpastes or other over-the-counter products have. In-office teeth whitening is done under controlled conditions, with protection for your gums and a technician or dentist evaluating the results every 15 or 20 minutes. Dental teeth whitening not only gets your teeth dramatically whiter, it is safer as well.
Can a Dentist Provide Me with At-Home Teeth Whitening Products?
Yes, a dentist can provide you with a teeth whitening kit to use at home that has a strong, professional-grade bleaching agent and a custom tray. It can take up to two weeks to whiten your teeth this way when you wear the tray one hour each day.
How Much Does Dental Teeth Bleaching Cost?
Your teeth whitening cost depends on several factors, including the teeth bleaching system that our dentist decides is best for you and whether our dentist supplies you with an at-home kit to complement your chairside teeth whitening treatment. Call us to schedule a consultation and our dentist can provide you with an estimate after seeing if you have any restorations that will need color matching.
Which is Better, Professional Teeth Bleaching or DIY Products?
The teeth whitening gels, strips and toothpastes sold over the counter do not contain the strong professional-grade bleaching agent that only a dentist can use. They do lighten teeth a shade or two over time, but they cannot give you the dramatic whiteness that chairside teeth bleaching offers.
How Does In-office Teeth Whitening Work?
The in-office teeth bleaching procedure depends on the system used, but the basic steps usually include the following steps:
- You will have a teeth cleaning, which allows the bleaching agent to reach the stains.
- Our dentist may take a baseline photo to gauge the results.
- You will wear a cheek retractor to expose all of your teeth that show when you grin.
- Our dentist will place a protective gel on your gums.
- You will have repeated applications of gel, which are left on for a specific period.
- Some teeth whitening systems use a light to enhance the results.
- You and your dentist will evaluate the results. If your teeth are not white enough, your dentist may prepare a custom teeth whitening at-home kit for you to use.
If you have always wanted a bright smile, stop wasting your time with teeth whitening toothpastes that barely work. Call us to schedule a consultation to learn more about teeth whitening in Virginia Beach.