In recent years, it seems as though you can’t turn on the television or open a magazine without seeing gleaming white teeth staring back at you. A bright, white smile is among the most desirable traits today and for this reason, teeth whitening is at the forefront of cosmetic dentistry.
Yellowish stains, such as those caused by coffee and soda, typically bleach well. However, brown or gray-hued teeth often do not respond well to bleaching. In addition, tooth-colored bonding materials or porcelain crowns are not affected by bleaching and you may want to consider other options, such as porcelain veneers, if these materials are in the front of your mouth. A quick consultation with Dr. Harper regarding teeth whitening can help you determine your best option and provide you with your brightest and whitest smile!
If your treatment plan includes a take home whitening treatment, Dr. Harper will take impressions of your teeth to provide custom bleaching trays. Our professional products are specially formulated to reduce side effects such as tooth sensitivity and gum irritation. The custom bleaching trays will keep the bleaching products concentrated on the tooth surfaces and away from the soft tissues of the mouth.
Take home teeth whitening will provide gradual results that are superior to over the counter options. Your bright, white smile will last for a year or more and periodic touch ups can help to maintain your fresh new look. Avoiding tobacco use and the consumption of dark beverages such as coffee and red wine will also improve the longevity of your treatment.