Article provided by: Belvidere Dental Designs
Everyone wants a dazzling white smile! Are your teeth not quite as white as you want them? We provide teeth whitening for Boone County and the surrounding areas at Belvidere Dental Designs. Professional whitening makes your teeth whiter in a shorter time than using a home kit. The most common ingredient in whitening kits is a hydrogen peroxide-based bleaching agent, which acts as an oxidizing agent for breaking down stains on the teeth.
Am I a Candidate For Professional Whitening?
You'll benefit from our pro-grade treatment at Belvidere Dental Designs. In most cases, the longer you apply a stronger solution, the better the results you'll experience; however, when the peroxide percentage is higher, treatment time is shorter.
A home kit only contains 3% to 20% of the bleaching agent, while our in-office solutions contain up to 43% for faster whitening. The higher bleaching content requires the procedure to be done in-office since concentrations that high need to be more closely monitored to prevent damage to the teeth and reduce the risk of sensitivity.
Can I Use a Store-Bought Whitening Kit?
Use caution when choosing an at-home kit. Excessive bleach exposure dehydrates teeth, leaving them susceptible to decay and also causes a brittle and translucent appearance of the teeth. The dentists at Belvidere Dental Designs are experienced at teeth whitening, providing the best visual results.
You should know the pros and cons of home kits before you try one- be sure to talk to your dentist, as not everyone has good results. Be aware that bleaching will not affect porcelain crowns or tooth-colored composite bondings.
A single in-office session usually lasts 30 to 60 minutes. In-office treatments produce faster whitening results than home kits. The results vary from three to eight shades brighter. The desired effect may only take one session but could take several, depending on the individual. We'll work closely with you to find the best treatment regimen.
How Do I Prevent Dental Staining?
Maintenance after treatment is very important and requires the patient’s commitment to a good oral regimen, including brushing and flossing daily and avoiding foods and beverages that are more prone to stain teeth, such as:
- Sauces, such as tomato or curry
- Carbonated beverages
Bleaching is less effective on gray stains, therefore, in some situations, our dentist recommends custom trays. Discoloration caused by tetracycline typically requires prolonged bleaching because it takes longer for bleach to reach the dentin layer of the teeth. It is dangerous to attempt any amount of prolonged bleaching at home and could lead to severe damage to the teeth.
Professional Teeth Whitening in Boone
In the professional setting, heat, light, or both, boost the bleaching agent effects. Feel free to speak with Dr. Himanshi Thakkar if you have any questions about the procedure. If our dentist determines that bleaching is not a good personal choice for whitening, veneers are an excellent second option to cover stained or discolored teeth.
Call Belvidere Dental Design for professional teeth whitening in Boone County. Within a few short visits to our practice, you'll see a significant difference in the appearance of your smile.Teeth Whitening Boone
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