Who doesn’t want a bright white, gleaming smile? Professional teeth whitening is an immensely popular cosmetic dentistry procedure and with good reason. The stunning results that typically are produced simply cannot be matched by those achieved with over-the-counter tooth-whitening kits. Professional procedures also are quicker, usually requiring only one visit to the dentist’s office in order to experience visibly whiter teeth. An added bonus: When stains are removed during professional sessions, teeth may actually appear more healthy. The highly experienced and skilled dentists at Dallas Laser Dentistry in Dallas, TX, have highlighted the numerous benefits of professional teeth whitening procedures.
Customized treatments and results
When it comes to cosmetic dentistry, the one-size-fits-all approach usually does not work. That is because the wants and needs of each patient are vastly different. Dental professionals are able to call upon their education, training, and experience while examining teeth to determine the cause of stains, as well as which style of treatment is most appropriate and how many whitening sessions will be necessary in order to achieve maximum results. The dentist will consider any other cosmetic dentistry procedures you previously have had or plan to undergo in the near future, which could impact the aesthetic outcome. It may be wise to wait before placing new dental crowns and veneers, for example, so that they may be crafted to better match the shade of your newly whitened natural teeth. Since whitening treatments cannot alter existing dental restorations that are stained, it may be necessary for the dentist to call upon other techniques to ensure that all of your teeth ending up being the same, consistent color.
Store-bought whitening products typically contain a mere fraction of the strength of whitening agents as those utilized during professional treatments. Also, clumsy trays and uncomfortable strips may provide uneven results at best, and usually are only able to brighten teeth a shade or two with each use. Another benefit of professional teeth whitening is that it allows patients to select precisely the shade of whiteness they desire to achieve. At Dallas Laser Dentistry in Dallas, TX, hour-long laser teeth whitening treatments feature a special hydrogen peroxide-based gel that is applied to each tooth individually. The gel is activated by a diode-laser light that works to penetrate the tooth and bleach the enamel and dentin. This can turn the teeth six to 10 shades brighter. It is recommended that patients who receive laser whitening treatments have professional hygiene appointments twice annually to remove new surface stains and keep teeth looking their best.
It is not uncommon for patients who use drugstore whitening kits to report that they experienced some tooth pain and sensitivity following their at-home treatments. This usually results when the ions in hydrogen peroxide penetrate the surface of the teeth, as well as when whitening agents that are applied via poorly sized strips and trays irritate the gums and lips. The experienced dentists at Dallas Laser Dentistry take careful steps to avoid such issues. During laser whitening treatments, patients’ gums and lips are isolated to make certain that only the teeth come in contact with whitening products. Once the whitening gel is applied to each tooth, patients are provided with protective eyewear before work with the diode-laser light begins. Although the procedure is pain-free for most patients, anesthesia may be requested to help quell any anxiety they may experience or to calm the gag reflex.
Safer, speedier treatments
Although over-the-counter whitening kits generally do not pose health or safety concerns for the majority of people, repeated attempts to whiten and brighten teeth without guidance and supervision from a dental professional may result in some patients experiencing ongoing tooth sensitivity. This can be a real concern since it may take several weeks or possibly even months to achieve noticeable results with store-bought tooth-whitening kits. Others may fail entirely to create a brighter smile. In-office whitening treatments are overseen by dentists who take steps to ensure that patients are comfortable and that their teeth are gums are safe throughout the procedure.
Another difference between professional whitening treatments and store-bought whitening kits is how long the brighter results of both last. At Dallas Laser Dentistry, following laser whitening treatments, patients receive a take-home touch-up kit that includes whitening gels and custom trays. These can be used every six months to help maintain the white, bright appearance of their teeth. Patients also are encouraged to practice good oral hygiene habits by brushing and flossing routinely after meals and before bedtime. They also are advised to pass on eating and drinking dark-colored foods and beverages for at least 24 hours after treatment and use a straw to sip beverages that can stain the teeth, such as red wine, tea, and coffee, whenever possible.
Improved appearance, confidence and outlook
Professionally whitened teeth can produce more than just a pretty smile. Patients report feeling increased confidence in themselves following treatments, which may also cause them to become more outgoing and perform better during job interviews and in other social situations. Meanwhile, research about the effects of tooth whitening revealed that adults with healthier gums tend to have better mental capacity than those afflicted with gum disease. Whiter teeth can also make you look younger and work wonders to shave years off of your appearance.
Turn to the pros to boost your smile’s power
The results afforded by professional teeth whitening treatments are unparalleled in their abilities to noticeably transform one’s appearance and simultaneously boost their self-assuredness. We invite you to call Dallas Laser Dentistry and schedule an appointment with our talented dentists who can assist you in achieving a truly stunning smile.