Take-Home Teeth Whitening
Teeth whitening is a non-invasive cosmetic dental treatment that can change the color of your natural teeth and enhance your smile. The way you feel about your smile can affect many aspects of your life. At Rangel Dental, we have improved many patients' smiles and lives through take-home teeth whitening.
Coffee, tea, wine and other foods and beverages can stain your teeth over time, and teeth can also naturally become discolored as you age. A professional-grade take-home whitening system can dramatically brighten your teeth and help you feel good about your smile again.
How Does Take-Home Whitening Work?
To begin the process, we will take impressions and create clear, custom-made plastic trays that will precisely fit your teeth. At your next appointment, you will try the trays to make sure they fit properly, and any necessary adjustments will be made. At home, you fill these custom-made trays with a professional-grade whitening gel and will wear them either twice a day for 30 minutes or overnight for two weeks or more, depending on the level of staining and the degree of whitening you wish to achieve.
Your teeth may become sensitive during this time, but sensitivity will subside shortly after you have stopped whitening your teeth. Using toothpaste made for sensitive teeth can help while you are still bleaching.
How Long Does Whitening Last?
The effects of teeth whitening can last for a year or more, but are not permanent. If you smoke or drink a lot of coffee, tea, or wine, you may need to touch up your teeth more often. Visiting your dentist and hygienist for regular cleaning also can help you maintain a beautiful smile and make the effects of whitening last longer.
Is Teeth Whitening For You?
Patients with healthy teeth and gums are generally good candidates for whitening. You should not attempt teeth whitening if:
- You are allergic to peroxide.
- You have multiple restorations that would result in uneven whitening. You may achieve a better aesthetic result with bonding, veneers or crowns instead.
- You have extremely sensitive teeth, gum disease or defective restorations. Consult your dentist before using any whitening system.
- You are under the age of 16.
At Rangel Dental, our experienced team of dental professionals is committed to helping you achieve your goals for your oral health and overall well-being. To learn more about teeth whitening, please contact us to schedule an appointment today!