Our dentists may recommend a cosmetic treatment like teeth whitening to remove or lighten stains and discolorations. Whitening your teeth removes stains caused by drinking coffee, tea, wine, and soda, using tobacco products, and even simply getting older. With professional whitening services, patients can see their teeth get up to eight shades whiter in just one appointment! At Smileywood Dental Office, our professionals offer in-office and at-home teeth whitening treatments to make your smile shine brightest as quickly as possible. Our take-home kits are custom-made to fit each patient’s teeth with a comfortable tray that holds the bleaching solution against their teeth. When using these trays, patients can brighten their smiles and see results after just one use! That way, they can enjoy their new white smile right away!
Professional Teeth Whitening vs. Over-the-counter Whitening Products
There are several over-the-counter whitening products you can purchase from stores and pharmacies. Still, these products can only whiten your teeth slowly and not as effectively as professional in-office teeth whitening treatments.
Some over-the-counter products may be safe if you have sensitive teeth, but they likely won’t give you the desired results. On the other hand, a professional teeth whitening session supervised by your dentist is the safest and most effective way to get whiter teeth.
Our dentist will first discuss your whitening goals to create a customized treatment plan. Then, they’ll apply the bleaching solution and give you instructions on caring for your teeth at home to get the best results possible.
At-home treatments can be purchased at your local pharmacy, grocery store, or online. You can typically find kits with gel-filled trays that hold your whitening solution against your teeth. They can provide noticeable results when used as directed within a week or two. However, over-the-counter methods are less potent than professional options and may only be effective for some. You will likely need to apply the treatment for several weeks before seeing any results. In addition, these trays can be uncomfortable to wear for over an hour at a time. You might also experience gum sensitivity and irritation if the trays do not fit properly.
Advantages of Teeth Whitening
- Whitening can help remove surface stains, including coffee, tea, and tobacco.
- A whiter smile can make you appear younger.
- Teeth whitening can make your smile look brighter and more attractive.
- Whiter teeth can help you feel more confident in your appearance.
- People with white teeth tend to feel better about their teeth than people with discolored teeth.
- White teeth are often associated with healthier teeth.
If you’re considering brightening your smile, visit Smileywood Dental Office at 4354 Fountain Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029, or call or text (323) 741-0556. After your teeth whitening treatment, you should avoid eating dark foods and drinks like coffee, tea, and soda for at least 24 hours to keep your teeth looking their best.