Dentists once performed cosmetic teeth whitening with a bleaching gel and a laser. Many patients, however, complained that their teeth were very sensitive after treatment, evidently due to the heat of the laser. Use of lasers has been discontinued at the cosmetic teeth Center. Today treatment uses a high-density light that works just as well as the laser. This minimizes, if not altogether eliminates, tooth sensitivity. Also, we stagger the appointments two weeks apart to further ensure minimal tooth sensitivity. Patients come in for an initial in-office bleaching, and then perform two weeks of consistent home bleaching using a special kit we send home with them. After two weeks of home treatment, a final in-office bleaching is performed.
Tooth whitening in is a dental procedure that restores a brighter, more natural, and healthy looking smile. It is a safe, quick, and inexpensive procedure that takes only two weeks total to achieve remarkably noticeable and long-lasting results. It has become increasingly sophisticated as well, with new technology producing little or no sensitivity as a result of the treatment. Cosmetic teeth whitening is a procedure that almost anyone in today society can benefit from, as there are so many substances that can discolor teeth over a period of time.
The initial office visit for cosmetic teeth whitening services takes only about 1-2 hours. A bleaching gel is applied to the teeth, and then activated with the high-density light. By the time the session is over, there is a noticeable improvement in the whiteness of the teeth. The dentist then prepares a special tray for the patient to take home. This tray contains topical bleaching gel that the patient will apply every night. Patients remark that these trays are very easy to use and very comfortable as well. Our dentists strongly recommend that all cosmetic teeth whitening patients avoid any and all tooth staining substances, including cigarettes, coffee, or wine. At the end of the two weeks, the teeth will look even brighter as a result of applying the home treatments and following the dietary instructions of the dentist.
The final appointment also lasts 1-2 hours. A second in-office bleaching is performed, followed by a special coating that seals the results of the procedure. Although no dentist recommends deliberately indulging after the fact in the same substances that originally stained the teeth, dentists are aware that patients often do go back to coffee, cigarettes, teas, and wines, and need this extra protection to ensure that the cosmetic benefits of teeth whitening procedures.
Some patients may want to come in every six months to have another cosmetic teeth whitening procedure performed. Others prefer to make the results of their first treatment last as long as possible. Changing dietary habits and eliminating substances that stain teeth minimize the need to repeat this procedure. Tooth whitening toothpastes are approved by our staff and can be used to maintain the results of this treatment. Ultimately, results do depend largely on patient cooperation with dentist instructions and with reasonable, proactive self-care.