Teeth Whitening - Boynton Beach, FL
If you want a brighter smile, teeth whitening is an amazing option. With the advances in teeth whitening, you can now whiten predictably, safely, and in only an hour. Teeth whitening removes stains from wine, coffee, soda, tobacco, and routine wear and tear. A liquid gel is used that reacts with your teeth, decreasing or even eliminating the discolorations that have accumulated over years.
Below, you will see that we answer many of the most frequent questions about tooth whitening. We compare the different methods (Zoom®, Brite Smile®, Crest Whitestrips®, Gels…) and discuss the side effects. We also explain how to keep your teeth white afterwards, what to do if your teeth are sensitive, and much more. We spent a significant amount of time writing these articles, and we hope you enjoy them!
You have a few options when whitening your teeth, all with different pros and cons:
One-hour teeth whitening in a dental professional’s office:
- Fastest way to whiten your teeth
- Predictable results
- A dental professional will be with you every step of the way
- More costly typically
- Whiten your teeth predictably and accurately
- Trays precisely fit over your teeth, so your teeth will whiten evenly
- A dental professional will make the trays for you, instruct you on using them, and monitor the results
- Slower than one hour tooth whitening done in a dental office
Whitening strips bought in the drugstore:
- Relatively inexpensive, but they do work
- Take a longer time (weeks) for whitening to occur
- They don’t precisely fit your teeth
- You still should consult with your dentist to ensure you are a good candidate
- Discolored Dental Work – Fillings, veneers, crows, bridges and partial dentures.
- If you have Stains from tetracycline – If you took tetracycline antibiotics when you were young, your teeth may actually be stained from the medication. Tooth whitening barely works on these discolorations, but results may be achieved using some long-term special whitening products.
- Teeth that have had a root canal – A tooth that had a root canal may discolor and become dark over time. After a root canal, the tooth will need a crown, not only to for whitening purposes but also to protect the tooth from fracturing.
- If you’re too young – Under 16 year olds should not have teeth whitening.
- If you’re pregnant or lactating – Pregnant and lactating women should also not have teeth whitening.
- Use a desensitizing toothpaste (like Sensodyne®) for the two weeks leading up to whitening and while you whiten.
- Your hygienist can apply a professional desensitizer (like Gluma®) at your teeth cleaning prior to whitening.
AFTER you whiten your teeth:
- Continue to use a desensitizing toothpaste (like Sensodyne®) after whitening
- Your dentist can give you desensitizing solution to put in trays that are custom fit to snugly cover your teeth.
- Your dentist can apply a high-strength liquid desensitizer to your teeth in the dental office.
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