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Teeth Whitening: Is It Right For You?

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Who doesn’t want to say goodbye to discolored teeth and amp up their smile? Because of this, professional teeth whitening the most popular cosmetic dental procedure undergone across the country. While there are many at-home remedies and systems advertised on the market, these often contain bleaching agents- a potentially dangerous fete for a novice to undergo alone. When you opt for an in-office teeth whitening treatment by your dentist, you can rest in comfort knowing that the conditions will be controlled and monitored. Plus, medical-grade bleaching gels are significantly more potent, allowing for results to yield almost immediately. Although the procedure is pain-free, there are some things to consider when booking your whitening appointment.

Procedures by your dentist will be more expensive than their take-home alternatives, so be sure to factor this in when making your considerations. Even in a controlled environment, patients should also take not that results can be unpredictable and will vary on an individual basis. Factors such as heredity, age, and the cause and type of staining will generate differences in the outcome of the treatment. Also, though results will be noticed immediately, teeth whitening is not a permanent solution. Patients must take care to adhere to the dentist’s follow-up recommendations and routines, taking care to adopt a maintenance regimen.

Still convinced? Great! When booking your appointment or having a consultation, your dentist will also need to identify the type of stain that has plagued your teeth. Unfortunately, not all types of stain are best treated by teeth bleaching agents. For example, teeth that are stained by inorganic substances often do not respond well to this treatment. Overexposure to fluoride, typically in one’s water supply, can also lead to a discoloration of the teeth that can’t necessarily be fixed with bleach. Furthermore, teeth that have become discolored and darkened due to trauma may not respond to the whitening agent.

So, what types of stains can in-office teeth whitening treatments fix? Stains due to excessive consumptions of certain foods and drinks (most notably red wine, coffee, soda, and dark veggies) are the most common, mirrored only by those discolored by tobacco use. The natural aging process also has a way of giving teeth a yellowish brown or greenish grey cast. A single treatment session can whiten and brighten teeth affected by these factors easily, giving you that hundred-watt smile you’ve been looking for.

If you would like to learn more about Teeth Whitening costs, procedures, and any specials we are running and are in the Gilbert, AZ or Chandler AZ area call us today to schedule an appointment.

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