Teeth whitening

Teeth Whitening

At Mitchell Dental Spa, we are known for improving the appearance of our patients’ smiles. We are a cosmetic dentist and have multiple ways for doing so. We often recommend a teeth bleaching procedure because it is by far the easiest way to transform your smile. After cleaning your teeth, we can complete this procedure in time for a special event or as part of your regular oral health routine.

Help Your Smile Shine Bright

People have their teeth whitened on a regular basis so that they can look and feel great. As people age, it is common for teeth to become dull and yellow. This is in part due to age itself and also due to what a person eats and drinks. Drinking coffee, tea and wine, for example, can stain your teeth. Smoking and eating foods that contain food coloring can also stain your teeth. Brushing immediately after eating and drinking can help to prevent stains, but is typically not enough to remove the risk entirely. Fortunately, stained and yellow teeth don’t have to stay that way.

Many people may try over the counter solutions like whitening trays or strips to whiten their teeth. These treatments can work, but not as well as professional solutions. As with most things, what you buy in the store is simply not as strong as what you can get from a medical professional. Additionally, store bought whitening trays are designed to fit everyone’s teeth, not yours specifically. This means that they can become loose and the solution can leak, leading to gum irritation.

Types of Teeth Whitening Procedures

In-Office Treatment

 

An in-office treatment can be done at the same time as a teeth cleaning or during a separate appointment. It is typically completed within an hour and produces immediately white teeth. For many people, this is an ideal solution because of how quickly it is finished.

 

Our professional tooth whitening solutions can transform the appearance of your teeth in a dynamic way. This is partially due to the strength of the solution that we use. Professional grade whitening gel can whiten teeth by eight shades or more vs. around two shades with store bought solutions. If you are looking for immediate and dramatic results, in-office whitening is a far better option.

Whitening Trays

 

This type of procedure is effective and puts patients in control over how white their teeth become and how often they are whitened. We start by taking an impression of a patient’s teeth. We then use this impression to create customized whitening trays in a dental lab. They fit securely around teeth and will not leak solution into the mouth. This is an ideal way for patients to whiten teeth because once they are created, they can be used at any time.

 

Patients are provided with a whitening solution to use at home. For a week or more, the whitening trays need to be worn for a couple of hours every night. Once teeth have reached the perfect shade of white, a patient can stop wearing the trays. This portable solution can be taken anywhere, making it possible for people to whiten teeth while on vacation, business trips or after moving to a new city.

How Does Professional Teeth Whitening Work?

When a whitening solution is applied to the teeth, the hydrogen peroxide inside of the solution penetrates through the enamel. This starts the oxidation process, where molecules are transformed to reflect less or no light; they appear colorless and the teeth appear white. This process is typically extremely effective for eliminating stains and can be repeated frequently.

On occasion, the stains are too strong for a teeth bleaching procedure to work. When this happens, we can provide an alternative treatment. For example, patients can have dental veneers placed on the surface of teeth in order to cover dark stains. This is often preferable for patients that smoke, since veneers are stain resistant and won’t yellow quickly like natural teeth. Still, it is wise to try a teeth whitening procedure first, before starting a cosmetic one.

Other Considerations

We recommend that patients have their teeth whitened before having other dental procedures completed. Most of the materials that are used in dental restorations or for cosmetic purposes are stain resistant and bleach resistant. For example, a dental crown won’t stain or bleach but should maintain its initial coloring with time. When a crown, veneer, bridge, or implant is created in a dental lab, they are created to match the shade of the surrounding teeth. If the surrounding teeth are yellow, these restorations will be created in a yellow shade. If the surrounding teeth are a brilliant white, the restoration will be as well. This makes the timing of teeth whitening procedures important. If you are interested in a dental restoration, schedule your teeth whitening procedure first.

The procedure itself should not cause any discomfort and is relatively easy to complete. Before getting started, we typically recommend that patients schedule a dental exam with our office. We will then examine your teeth and gums to ensure that they are healthy enough for whitening. This way, if any cavities or infections exist, they can be treated first.

 

 

To learn more about professional teeth whitening or to get started, call (312) 642-1014 and schedule your appointment.