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Lifestyle habits and the aging process can combine to cause your teeth to become discolored, and some medications and other substances can stain your teeth. When this happens, you may find that your smile has become less attractive, so you no longer smile as much as you once did.
Fortunately, a professional teeth whitening can restore your pearly whites to their former beauty, and the procedure is quick, affordable, easy, and effective. If you’re interested in teeth whitening in Wayzata, call our dental office and let us help you. We’ll be happy to answer all your questions and schedule an appointment for you.
Why Select Professional Teeth Whitening Over Home Kits?
Commonly referred to as power bleaching, a professional teeth whitening is performed in your dentist’s office in a carefully controlled environment, which ensures that you receive the safest and most effective procedure possible, and you’ll be pain-free. Professional teeth-whitening products are much stronger than those you can buy over the counter, so you’ll receive more dramatic results in much less time than if you try to do it with OTC products. If your teeth have been stained by food, beverages or smoking, then you may be a good candidate for teeth whitening, so call our office to learn more.
Some medications can cause tooth discoloration, and stains can also be caused by decay or a defective filling. If this is the case, then professional teeth whitening may not work well for you. Cosmetic dental procedures such as crowns, fillings or veneers don’t respond well to the teeth-whitening process, so if you attempt teeth whitening at home, they may become unevenly colored as a result.
During your first visit, a teeth-bleaching dentist will examine your mouth and advise you of the best method for achieving a beautiful, white smile. Before attempting any teeth-whitening procedure, your dentist will examine your teeth to determine the best procedure and product for your unique situation.
Can I Whiten My Teeth At Home?
Although we recommend an in-office teeth-whitening procedure as the first choice, we realize that sometimes that’s not an option. Since we strive to meet our patients’ needs, we offer an at-home kit that uses a professional-grade whitening gel with custom whitening trays. Many patients find that they can lighten their teeth by several shades in about two weeks when they wear the trays for an hour each day.
If you’re interested in one of our at-home kits, call our Wayzata dentist office and we’ll answer your questions and schedule an appointment. Even though the trays are used at home, you’ll need to come in for an office visit so we can evaluate your teeth and determine the best product for you. We’ll also need to create your custom trays, which must be done during an office visit. Call us today for more information about our at-home kits.
Is Teeth Whitening Expensive?
Your teeth-bleaching cost will be determined by the type of teeth-whitening products you select, any additional dental work you need, the number of bleaching treatments you need and any insurance benefits you have. During your first appointment, we’ll evaluate your situation and then provide you with a detailed fee breakdown so that you’ll know exactly what your teeth whitening will cost. Call our dentist in Wayzata today to set up an evaluation and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you have.
What’s the Difference Between Professional vs. DIY Teeth-Whitening Products?
Professional teeth whiteners are much stronger than those you can buy over the counter. Although there’s a wide variety of products to choose from, including gels, rinses, strips, trays, and more, they’re less consistent in quality than their professional counterparts. If over-the-counter products aren’t used correctly, they can irritate your gums and cause your teeth to become unevenly colored.
When you have a teeth-whitening procedure in your dentist’s office, it’s continuously monitored so that you receive the best results possible. Plus, the results will be much better than if you attempt teeth whitening at home. You may be able to lighten your teeth by a few shades using an at-home product, but it will take longer than if it’s done in your dentist’s office and there’s less likelihood of user error in a professional setting.
What’s the Procedure for a Professional Teeth Whitening?
The exact procedure used for in-office teeth whitening will vary because each product has a specific protocol to follow, but generally, the steps are as follows:
- Your teeth-bleaching dentist will clean and examine your teeth.
- Photos will be taken to monitor the whitening progress and to help achieve the shade that’s needed.
- We’ll put a cheek retractor in your mouth to protect the inside of your cheeks and to expose as much of your tooth surface as possible.
- We’ll apply a protective liquid shield to your gums.
- We’ll begin the bleaching process, which may require several coats. Each coat will be left on the teeth for a specified time, and then it will be removed and another coat applied.
- We may use a special light that will enhance the bleaching process, depending on the type of product you’ve chosen.
- After the final coat has been applied and removed, your dentist will evaluate the change in color and determine if you need follow-up visits or if you need at-home treatments.
If you’re ready to have a beautiful white smile again, call our office and let us schedule an appointment for a professional teeth whitening in Wayzata. We’ll be glad to answer all your questions about cosmetic teeth whitening, so call us today. We look forward to speaking with you.