Teeth whitening is one of the most frequently requested procedures in cosmetic dentistry because it is quick, effective, and relatively inexpensive.
Dental Distinction offers convenient options for restoring your natural bright smile with teeth whitening. Chester Springs dentist Jason Petkevis, DMD provides in-office treatment, at-home treatment, and a combination of the two. We only use carefully selected professional tooth whitening brands that yield optimal results with minimal sensitivity to teeth and gums.
How Do Teeth Get Discolored?
Even if you’ve faithfully cared for your teeth by brushing and flossing as recommended by your dentist, discoloration of your teeth will still occur naturally over time. This process can also be hastened along by other factors such as smoking or chewing tobacco or daily drinking of coffee, tea, cola, or red wine. Even using certain prescription medications can cause discoloration.
Following your dentist’s recommendation of brushing twice daily and flossing at least once daily can slow this process down and help your smile stay brighter and healthier longer. However, it cannot reverse this process.
A fresh, white smile can boost your sense of confidence and help you feel ready to meet whatever challenge you’re facing.
In-Office Teeth Whitening
For patients who want to “boost” their teeth whitening and see immediate results, in-office teeth whitening is a great option. These results are usually delivered in about an hour and will give you a foundation for your at-home efforts. Patients can return to their daily routine as soon as they leave the dentist’s office. Patients typically see results that are up to 8 shades lighter after treatment!
In-office teeth whitening is great for special occasions such as weddings, graduations, and job interviews.
At-Home Teeth Whitening
At-home teeth whitening is very convenient for patients. This type of treatment includes a custom-fit professional whitening tray. This customized appliance assures that the whitening gel will be administered evenly and properly without causing damage to the gums or tooth enamel.
At-home teeth whitening treatment takes place over a number of weeks where the trays are worn either during the day or overnight, depending on the patient, for a set amount of time.
Teeth Whitening FAQs
How much does teeth whitening cost?
The cost of teeth whitening depends on the type of treatment you select. In general, at-home teeth whitening costs less than in-office treatment.
How long does teeth whitening last?
How long teeth whitening lasts depends on your maintenance and oral health routine post-treatment. You may choose to avoid dark foods and beverages (such as coffee, tea, and soda) after treatment to prevent teeth from staining or darkening. Teeth may require periodic touch-ups to maintain their initial bright white appearance.
Are there any teeth whitening side effects?
As with any treatment, there are some teeth whitening side effects. Teeth whitening side effects subside within 1 to 3 days following treatment and most patients experience no side effects at all. Most frequently, patients report mild to moderate tooth sensitivity. Teeth whitening can also cause irritation to the gums or other soft tissue in the mouth. These effects are only temporary and do not cause permanent damage.
How many sessions does it take to whiten teeth?
It can take just one in-office treatment to see results from teeth whitening. If you choose take-home whitening treatment, you will begin to see results after one to two weeks.
Can you whiten yellow teeth?
Our professional teeth whitening treatments use high-quality gels with high concentrations of active ingredients to whiten yellow teeth. Sometimes, years of stains and yellowing cannot be removed with brushing alone.
Can you get teeth whitening if you have decay?
We will clean teeth and ensure they are infection-free before recommending cosmetic treatment. Depending on your specific case, we may recommend a restoration to cover and protect your tooth if it is weakened following treatments, including root canals. We can color-match restorations like dental crowns to ensure that formerly infected and damaged teeth blend in with other natural teeth. If you do not have extensive damage from decay, you may be a candidate for professional teeth whitening.
Schedule a teeth whitening treatment near you after your routine dental cleaning for a bright, white smile you will be happy to share.