Over time, life leaves stains on your teeth. Coffee, wine, and certain foods are some of the worst culprits, and if you want to enjoy these indulgences, teeth whitening can help to ensure your smile doesn’t suffer. At Buckhead Cosmetic and Family Dentistry, we offer professional in-office and take-home teeth whitening solutions for our patients.
Every patient is unique and we focus on custom solutions that are easy, safe, and maximize the beauty of your teeth.
What is Professional Whitening?
There are a number of kits that allow you to whiten your teeth at home that you can buy over the counter, but there are compelling reasons to choose professional, in-office or take-home dental whitening solutions from Buckhead Cosmetic and Family Dentistry. Home based whitening, whitening toothpastes, and at-home kits all use a lower concentration of active ingredients that slow down the whitening process.
Professional whitening uses a custom mixture of active ingredients designed for your teeth that allow maximum efficiency in removing the stains. Depending on the shade, reason for discoloration, and past dental history, we put a recipe together to achieve optimal results.
When working on your teeth with whitening materials, we take extra caution to protect your gums and sensitive areas, and ensure that we are working safely.
Typically, in-office whitening is followed by a take home regimen that allows you to maintain the white teeth that we have achieved with touchups. The process includes:
- Clean the plaque of your teeth and expose the stained enamel
- Apply whitening material to required areas
- Clean materials and examine new shade
- Send home in-home whitening regimen
What is Laser Teeth Whitening?
When talking about professional whitening, one option to consider is using a laser to activate the chemical reaction in the whitening material that breaks down the staining. This typically is an ultra-violet light that allows the speed and effectiveness of whitening to improve and get you a better result. For candidates of this procedure we can cut down visits to less than 1 hour with extraordinary results.
With a certain type of teeth and application this is not an option and we choose another formula that is just as effective without some of the downsides that laser whitening has.
Are There Risks to Dental Teeth Whitening?
In most cases, this is a straightforward, easy, and pain-free process. Unfortunately, when working with teeth, there is always the risk of some post-operative sensitivity or irritation that is manageable.
Additionally, teeth whitening can’t fix discoloration due to trauma, congenital issues, and darker restorations. For example, if your tooth is black or grey due to a dead nerve, teeth whitening won’t help, but your dentist can recommend other cosmetic dental procedures such as veneers or crowns.
Finally, it’s important to note that teeth whitening is not a permanent solution. When you get back into the real world, stains will again start accumulating. As a result, you need to boost the whitening with home treatments or by coming back to the dentist on a regular basis to make sure your touchups are taken care of.
How Do I Begin the Teeth Whitening Process?
If you like, you can start with a consultation and an exam. During that meeting, the dentist will look over the general health of your teeth and gums and let you know if you need any work. Then, he or she will let you know if you’re a good candidate for teeth whitening and make a follow-up appointment for that as well as any additional work you need to do.
Alternatively, if you know your teeth are in great condition, you can simply make the appointment for teeth whitening without a consultation.
If you’re ready for a whiter, brighter smile, contact us today. At Buckhead Cosmetic and Family Dentistry, we are committed to helping you look as beautiful as possible.