Teeth Whitening At Mountain Shadows Family Dentistry
Simple and Effective Teeth Whitening TraysThere are many different ways to whiten your teeth. Dr. Holsteen recommends using simple whitening trays because of the quality of whitening and the low cost compared with other methods, as well as the convenience of being able to do it at home.
How Does Whitening With Trays Work?Whitening with trays (sometimes called bleaching) is a type of professional whitening that uses custom-made trays and whitening gel only available through Mountain Shadows Family Dentistry. We place a whitening gel in a custom-fitted tray that fits perfectly over your teeth. As the peroxide in the gel breaks down, hydroxyradicals help whiten your teeth by removing stains. Unlike whitening strips, this process whitens all your natural teeth and may contain ingredients intended to provide maximum comfort. This at-home process generally takes ten to fourteen days, although you may notice results in as little as three to five days.
Come To Us For All Your Whitening NeedsIf you have questions about teeth whitening or need a Colorado Springs Teeth Whitening Dentist, please give us a call at 719-598-3502 or send us an email. Here at Mountain Shadows Family Dentistry, we want you to feel as confident as you can about your smile.
Teeth Whitening FAQs
Teeth whitening trays are plastic or silicone trays that are filled with a whitening gel or solution and then placed over the teeth to whiten and brighten the teeth. The trays are custom-fit to the individual’s teeth and can be used at home for a specified amount of time each day.
Teeth can get stained due to several reasons such as:
Food and drinks: Consuming dark-colored foods and drinks such as coffee, tea, red wine, and berries can lead to tooth staining.
Tobacco use: Smoking and chewing tobacco can cause yellow or brown stains on teeth.
Poor oral hygiene: Neglecting to brush and floss regularly can lead to plaque buildup, which can cause tooth discoloration.
Aging: Teeth naturally yellow with age as the enamel wears down, revealing the dentin underneath.
Certain medications: Some antibiotics, antihistamines, and high-fluoride medications can cause teeth discoloration.
Trauma: Injuries to the teeth, such as a chipped or broken tooth, can cause the dentin underneath to darken.
Teeth whitening can be done in several places including:
Dental office: A dentist or dental hygienist can perform professional teeth whitening in the office using a stronger whitening solution or laser treatment.
At-home kits: Over-the-counter teeth whitening kits, such as whitening strips, gels, or trays, can be purchased at a drugstore or online and used at home.
Beauty salons: Some beauty salons offer teeth whitening services using similar methods to at-home kits.
It’s recommended to consult a dentist before undergoing any teeth whitening treatment to determine the best option for you and ensure it is safe and effective.
Teeth whitening may cause some discomfort or sensitivity, but it is generally considered a safe and pain-free procedure. Some people may experience temporary sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures, or a tingling sensation in the teeth and gums, during and after the whitening process. This sensitivity is usually temporary and should subside within a few days after the treatment. If the sensitivity is severe or persists, it is best to consult a dentist.
Yes, teeth whitening can be effective in removing surface and intrinsic stains from teeth and brightening their overall appearance. The results of teeth whitening can vary depending on the severity of the stains, the type of whitening method used, and the individual’s overall oral health. Professional teeth whitening performed by a dentist or with a custom-fit at-home tray typically produces more noticeable results compared to over-the-counter products. However, it’s important to note that teeth whitening is not permanent and touch-ups may be necessary to maintain the desired shade. It is best to consult a dentist to determine the best options for you and ensure the safety and effectiveness of the treatment.
In general, teeth whitening products are considered safe when used as directed. However, some people may experience side effects such as temporary sensitivity, irritation of the gums, or discomfort. It’s important to follow the instructions carefully and avoid overuse, which can damage the enamel and dentin of the teeth.
Whitening products that contain high concentrations of hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide, such as those used by dentists, can be more effective but may also cause more discomfort. Some over-the-counter products may contain low concentrations of these whitening agents and may produce less noticeable results.
It’s always a good idea to consult a dentist before using any teeth whitening product to ensure it is safe and effective for you and to receive personalized recommendations based on your oral health.