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One of the most common complaints we receive at Cooley Smiles involves the shade of our patient’s teeth. Many of these people try to brighten their smile with at-home whitening kits, only to find that the results are lacking. We offer professional in-office whitening treatment because it is the quickest and easiest way to whiten teeth by up to eight shades!
The color of your natural teeth is created by the scattering of light of the enamel, or outer layer of a tooth. If your enamel is thinner, more of the dentin, a yellow substance within the tooth, will show through. Your enamel also picks up stains from tobacco use, poor oral hygiene, and the consumption of coffees, teas, and wines. A professional bleaching procedure is the best way to combat these types of stains.
Store-Bought Whitening ProductsThere are several at-home whitening products available on the market today. Products include whitening rinses, whitening toothpaste, whitening gel strips, and whitening trays. Of all the store bought products, whitening trays are the most effective. These are trays that you fill with a gel and place over your teeth for a designated period. No matter which product you choose, the concentration of the bleaching gel will be far less than the gel we use during a professional whitening treatment.
Whitening Trays Differ From OTC
In-Office Whitening ProcedureBefore you can undergo our in-office whitening procedure, we may need to address other dental problems. If you suffer from tooth decay or gum disease, restorative treatment may be necessary to prevent the whitening solution from reaching vulnerable areas. Next, we will take photographs of your teeth so we can establish a baseline and monitor your whitening progress. We may also discuss your eating, drinking, and daily habits to find out what has caused the stains.
During the in-office whitening procedure, Aaron Cooley, DDS will apply a protective substance to your gums. Then, we will apply the bleaching agent directly to the teeth. Most whitening procedures require multiple applications of the bleaching agent at 15–20 minute intervals. All in all, the procedure should be complete in about 60–90 minutes.
At the end of your appointment, we will use a shade guide to see how much your teeth have improved. In some cases, your teeth may be up to eight shades whiter!
What Is Teeth Whitening?
After Your WhiteningUnfortunately, the whitening process is ongoing, which is why we also recommend an at-home whitening kit. To receive your at-home whitening kit, we will make an impression of your teeth to fabricate two custom-made, clear, plastic trays. Then, we will give you a special whitening solution that is a has much higher concentration than store-bought bleaching products. When you pick up your tray, we will also give you a detailed set of bleaching instructions. Typically, we recommend using the whitening solution twice a day for 30 minutes or overnight for a few weeks. We also recommend regular appointments and cleanings so we can ensure you maintain a healthy, beautiful smile.
As with all whitening methods, you may experience some tooth sensitivity during treatment. Your gums may also be a little sore. This is normal and will subside once your treatment is complete.
Schedule Your AppointmentIf you want a whiter, brighter smile, call (425) 249-3509, and schedule your appointment now!