At Pleasant Hill Dental, we offer professional strength teeth whitening options that help you enjoy a beautiful, confident smile. Even if you grew up with white teeth, our enamel gradually collects stain over the years from the foods and drinks we enjoy. Certain medications can also cause tooth staining. Professional treatments are a fast and effective way to restore your natural glow or enjoy the whiter smile that you never had.
If you’re considering cosmetic dental treatments or a smile makeover, teeth whitening is a great place to start. Plus, it’s an extremely affordable way to make a huge impact on your appearance as a whole.
Philips ZOOM Whitening – Quick and Painless!
The advanced Philips ZOOM whitening solution is great because it provides instant results (generally up to 8 shades whiter) with little to no sensitivity all in under an hour (30-45 minutes)! Our expert dental staff are all highly trained on this advanced whitening system and are excited to help you see outstanding results after your first visit with us.
When to Whiten Your Teeth
There are several different reasons and situations where a person might want to whiten his or her smile. Here are some of the most common ones:
- You’re planning to get a crown, bonding, or dental veneers. Did you know that your new restoration is made to match neighboring teeth and can’t be whitened to a lighter color? It’s best to whiten your enamel first so that your upcoming dental work can be whiter from the start.
- There’s a big event on your calendar. Maybe it’s a wedding, job interview, or graduation. You know you need to make a good impression and there may be photographs taken that will hang on your wall for decades to come.
- You’ve started orthodontic treatment and want to jump-start your smile makeover by whitening your teeth while you’re in braces.
- Cigarettes are a thing of the past. You kicked the habit and you want your smile to look just as young as you feel.
While there are a lot of reasons why you can decide to whiten your teeth, the biggest factor is finally asking our dentists about how to get started. You’ll wish it was something you had done years before!
Professional vs. DIY Teeth Whitening Kits
Most people who are starting to think about teeth whitening have already begun looking online or at the grocery store to see what’s available. There are plenty of DIY and take-home kits that can be purchased these days, but do they really work? The answer is “sort of,” but never as good as what you can get from our cosmetic dentists in Pleasant Hill Dental.
Why is this? Because over the counter whitening solutions are weaker and less concentrated. Yes, they can slightly lighten the color of your teeth, but it takes longer, and the results are far less effective.
Instead, we can help you whiten your smile by several shades in the least time necessary. The results are also easier to maintain, making this option far more cost-effective. By the time you’ve purchased two or three kits at a store (and only gotten half of the results), you could have had your teeth professionally whitened!
Types of Teeth Whitening
Depending on your situation, there are generally two types of whitening treatments to choose from: in-office treatments and take-home whitening trays.
With an in-office session (such as ZOOM Whitening), we whiten your teeth in just one appointment that’s about an hour to hour and a half long. The whitening solution is applied to your teeth and accelerated with a bright light. We re-apply the solution a few times until the desired results are achieved.
Take-home whitening options get your teeth just as white but in the comfort of your own home. Just wear your whitening trays filled with gel for about an hour a day, for 10-14 days. When you want to touch up, all you need is a tube of our prescription strength gel.
Getting the Most Out of Your Whitening Treatment
How can you make sure that your teeth respond the best way possible to your teeth whitening treatment?
- Schedule a cleaning with our hygienist. We usually recommend that most people have a checkup every six months. After your cleaning is a good time to touch-up your whitening at home.
- Drink lots of water. Avoid dark liquids like tea, wine, coffee, etc. If you absolutely must have that soda, drink it through a straw.
- If you’re whitening at home, use the system as directed. Don’t overfill the trays and be sure to wear the trays for the appropriate amount of time.
Before you start your whitening treatment, we will use a shade guide to record the current color of your enamel. After treatment, we’ll record your new shade. You can see for yourself just how well a professional teeth whitening option works at our dental office.
“What About Sensitive Teeth?”
Some people find that whitening their teeth can cause tooth sensitivity. Our dentists recommend using a sensitivity formulated toothpaste for at least one or two weeks leading up to your whitening treatment and during the entire course of whitening. This helps to protect sensitive nerve endings so that you don’t have to worry as much about this common side effect.
Exposed root surfaces are another reason why you might have sensitive teeth. When you whiten, it’s important to not have the whitening product come into contact with these areas. The roots of your teeth will not change color and they are very tender when it comes to external stimuli. If these areas are an aesthetic concern, we may want to consider covering them with dental bonding, a white filling, or gingival graft.
Is Teeth Whitening Right for You? Our Pleasant Hill Dentists Can Help
Whitening is safe for adults and teens with healthy teeth and gums. Before you start any kind of a tooth whitening treatment, we’ll need to make sure your smile is free of disease or decay.
If you’ve been thinking about whitening your teeth, just ask! Your checkup is a great time to start. We can even fit you for custom whitening trays the same day if you’re ready to get started. We offer $99 Teeth whitening for life as long as patients keep their 6 months Checkup appointment, ask our front office for more details. Call us today!