Teeth whitening (sometimes called “bleaching”) is one of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures. It is effective for whitening stained teeth and making a smile whiter and brighter. Stains can be caused by a number of factors: smoking, diet, or medications. The extrinsic stains, which sit on the surface of teeth, can often be cleaned and lifted with whitening toothpastes or rinses. Over time, stains can penetrate the enamel surface and darken the color of the dentin. These instrinsic stains, as well as other stubborn extrinsic stains, can be whitened using professional grade whitening.
At the Atlanta Center for Cosmetic Dentistry, we’re proud to offer a variety of whitening options.
1) In-office Whitening
Professional in office whitening is the fastest and most efficient method of whitening. The percentage of active ingredient in the gel is higher, and when administered by a trained professional, can whiten the teeth several shades in one sitting. Although there are over the counter “professional grade” whitening kits, they can cause increased sensitivity or even burn gums when not applied correctly. A cosmetic dentist understands oral health and can make recommendations for each individual, monitor the whitening progress, and address any issues with sensitivity.
2) Custom Take Home Whitening Trays
Take home trays are a convenient and efficient method of teeth whitening. A short visit in the office allows the dentist to take impressions of your teeth. These impressions are then used to make thin, flexible trays that fit your teeth perfectly. You are also provided with whitening gel, the strength of which depends on the dentist’s recommendations, and instructions for use. The trays are a great way to maintain the in-office whitening, and are also effective at whitening teeth alone. Although some OTC kits may boast “professional” results, if the trays don’t fit snugly around teeth, or the percentage is too high for an individual, the gel can cause unnecessary burning and sensitivity of the gums. For this reason, it is best to see a dentist for instructions and recommendations on which whitening is best for you.