If you have unsightly stains, this could make you hesitant to show off your smile. To remove stains and offer dramatic and long-lasting results, your Vista, CA, dentist may suggest teeth whitening. In today’s blog, we’re going to look at the difference between our in-office and at-home teeth whitening solutions!
Whitening Teeth at Home
First, we have our at-home option. With our home-based whitening, we can address more severe staining and offer significantly brighter results, all while limiting the risk of tooth sensitivity. The process starts with a stop by the office, during which we will take detailed impression and measurements of your smile. The information we gather enables us to create a set of plastic trays. We send you home with these trays and a powerful bleaching gel. At home, you will fill the trays with the bleaching gel and then wear them like an aligner or mouthguard for about 30 to 45 minutes. The total treatment time depends on the extent of your discoloration, but usually falls between a week and ten days.
Our One-Visit Solution
We also have an in-office option that provides noticeable results in as little as one to two hours. We will place a protecting covering over your lips and gums, and then apply the bleaching gel to the teeth. We use a light to activate the gel, and then we begin breaking up stains and brightening your teeth, often by several shades. This one-visit option is great if you need quicker results. Many use this option prior to weddings, or before a date or job interview.
Keeping Your Results Strong
First, if you use our home-based treatment, then you can keep your trays and any remaining gel for touch-ups as needed. You should brush your teeth daily in the morning and before bed, and floss before bed too. These actions help remove tray food particles to limit plaque buildup, as plaque make stains more visible. We also suggest cutting back on sugary and starchy foods, as well as sugary beverages, as these feed harmful bacteria and cause plaque. You may also benefit from cutting back on drinks with dark pigments, also known as tannins. These include soda, tea, red wine, and coffee. Finally, make time to see us for a cleaning every six months, which allows us to remove plaque and polish your teeth, providing a brighter appearance (and healthier smile) in just a few minutes. If you have any questions, then contact our team today.
Our Vista, CA Dentist’s Office Offers Brighter Smiles
Our Vista, CA dentist’s office wants to help you enjoy a brighter and more attractive smile with custom cosmetic treatments. For more information on our professional teeth whitening options, then please contact Melrose Dental Arts at 760-724-9117.