Teeth whitening is possibly the easiest and most affordable way to transform your smile. Dr. Harper offers a variety of teeth whitening procedures to help you achieve a brighter, more youthful smile. Teeth whitening is often combined with other restorative and cosmetic dentistry procedures for a total smile makeover.
Teeth Whitening Overview
It is natural for teeth to darken over time. Certain food and drink can produce yellow or brown stains on teeth. Other factors for tooth discoloration may include childhood medications or illnesses, tobacco use or improper oral hygiene. Regardless of the cause, no one has to live with a dull smile.
Most patients are candidates for teeth whitening procedures. For cases where teeth are significantly stained or discolored, Dr. Harper may use dental veneers or dental crowns to improve the appearance of teeth.
In Office Teeth Whitening
In-office teeth whitening is the most effective way to whiten teeth in the shortest amount of time. A high-concentration peroxide gel is applied to the teeth and activated by a heat, a special light, and/or a laser. Results are seen in only one, 30- to 60-minute treatment. The benefit to in-office teeth whitening is that drastic results are seen after only one treatment.
Take Home Teeth Whitening
At home teeth whitening are purchasable kits that can be used in the comfort of your home and on your own schedule. A lower concentration of bleach is used in these kits, so results are seen after a longer period of usage. Typically, the kits recommend bleaching once a day for a few weeks.
Teeth Whitening FAQs
What’s the difference between OTC teeth whitening and professional teeth whitening?
Professional teeth whitening is customized by the dentist to meet your needs and goals. The products that Dr. Harper offers are specially formulated to maximize results while minimizing side effects like tooth sensitivity. Dr. Harper will create a custom fit bleaching tray to protect gums and deliver consistent results.
How much does teeth whitening cost?
Teeth whitening is a relatively inexpensive treatment. The cost will be based on the method of teeth whitening.
How long does teeth whitening last?
Your habits and lifestyle will contribute to the longevity of teeth whitening results. To maintain your white smile, Dr. Harper recommends that you avoid dark foods and beverages that can stain teeth. Patients should also avoid cigarette smoking and other tobacco products.
What are the side effects of teeth whitening?
Tooth and gum sensitivity are the most common side effects of teeth whitening. In general, these side effects subside within a few days of treatment. Our products are specially formulated to minimize these side effects.
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