If you are looking for a quick and inexpensive treatment to enhance your smile, teeth whitening provides fast results at a reasonable cost. At Hawkeye Family Dental Practice, we offer teeth whitening for our patients in Delhi, CA, Hilmar, CA, Turlock, CA, and the surrounding areas.
There are several teeth whitening methods, including in home and professional teeth whitening treatments. The at home teeth whitening method works well to lighten the teeth and eliminate staining from age, smoking, and foods and beverages that stain the teeth. However, it is only effective for natural teeth and won’t lighten dental work.
Patients seek teeth whitening for a number of reasons. The teeth may have become discolored from normal wear, have yellow or brown stains from smoking, foods, and beverages, or be stained due to excessive fluoride, known as fluorosis or medications, such as tetracycline.
The At Home Teeth Whitening Process
The process includes two visits to our office. During the first visit, we will make molds of your teeth to use to fabricate custom trays for teeth whitening. When you return for the next visit, we will fit the trays and make any needed adjustments. You use the trays twice a day with the whitening solution for anywhere from a half an hour to overnight. The length of time each day and number of days will depend on the amount of discoloration and level of whitening desired.
Although the results are impressive, it is important to remember that it isn’t permanent and the teeth can begin to stain after treatment. You can reduce staining by avoiding smoking, coffee, wine, and staining foods. Most patients visit the dentist for professional teeth whitening every few years and regular cleanings are essential to maintain a healthy white smile.