Teeth Whitening

Teeth Whitening

Stained or discolored teeth normally aren’t considered a health concern, unless the discoloration is due to disease. Everyone, however, benefits from having a whiter smile. A bright smile improves a person’s appearance and boosts self-esteem. Unfortunately, everyone deals with stains and discoloration.
This common dental problem affects everyone because so many factors contribute to discoloration, such as:
  • Foods and beverages like chocolate, cola, wine, and coffee
  • Smoking
  • Certain medications
  • Orthodontic appliances
  • Age
  • Certain health conditions
Thankfully, no one has to live with a tarnished smile. There are plenty of options for brightening your teeth and maintaining their pearly white appearance. These options, of course, include all the over-the-counter products you’ve seen in stores, such as:
  • Toothpaste
  • Rinses and mouthwashes
  • Strips
  • Paint-on products
  • Mass-produced trays
Drug store finds, like these, will help maintain a white smile, but they contain a much smaller concentration of active ingredients (hydrogen peroxide) than professional whitening treatments. As a result, these products only address superficial stains. They’re unable to whiten your smile as many shades as in-office treatments can, and they require much longer, more frequent use to see noticeable results.

Get a Dazzling Smile in Our Office in 90 Minutes

Our dentist, Dr. Bradley Mott is a certified Invisalign treatment provider, and we’re proud to provide our patients with all the teeth straightening benefits of the most popular clear orthodontics system available — Invisalign clear teeth aligners. With Invisalign, you can straighten your smile without the mess and discomfort of having metal orthodontics in your mouth.

Whiten Professionally at Home with a Custom Kit

For patients who prefer to whiten at home, we provide the option of at-home whitening with trays and gel. Professional whitening solution contains agents designed to break down stains and whiten teeth all over, in addition to ingredients designed to maximize your comfort. These custom-fitted whitening trays are specifically designed to fit each patients’ unique smile in order to achieve even, all-around stain removal and whitening. At-home, professional whitening usually requires ten to fourteen days, but you’ll likely see results after five treatments.

Does Teeth Whitening Have Any Side Effects?

Some patients experience slightly heightened sensitivity to temperature following a whitening session. Sensitivity will dissipate within one or two days following the treatment, returning the patient’s teeth to their normal level of sensitivity.

Whitening at-home often leads to unhealthy bleaching practices, which dentists refer to as “bleachorexia.” This excessive bleaching can damage enamel, lead to severe sensitivity, and create an abnormally white smile. In-office, our dentist will closely monitor the health of your teeth, help you maintain a natural shade, and also help you manage any potential sensitivity.

Schedule a Smile Consultation at Kenmore Smiles Family Dentistry

Whether you’re struggling with discoloration, crooked, chipped, or missing teeth, we can help you get the smile of your dreams. If you’d like to improve the appearance of your teeth and start smiling with confidence, schedule a smile consultation with Kenmore Smiles Family Dentistry today.