Why is my smile not brighter?
Teeth can become discolored for a number of reasons. Common culprits are beverages such as coffee, tea, red wine, and fruit juices; smoking; and certain medications including the antibiotics tetracycline, ciprofloxacin, and minocycline. In many cases, yellowing teeth are simply the result of aging and genetics.
Professional At-Home Teeth Whitening
Fortunately, professional teeth whitening can restore your teeth to their original beauty and give you a more vibrant and youthful appearance.
At Dental Dimensions in St. Petersburg, we like to use a vital bleaching technique. The process is simple and begins when you call our office to schedule an appointment to discuss teeth whitening. At your appointment, Dr. Olvera will give you a thorough examination. Once it is determined that teeth whitening is right for you, we will create customized trays designed to fit your own unique smile.
Before sending you home with customized trays and the whitening Opalescence gel, we will discuss the instructions with you and make sure you have a good understanding of the process and all your questions are answered. To whiten your teeth, you will wear the trays for 30 minutes every day for a two-week period. If you are interested in whitening your teeth further, please consult with Dr. Olvera.
After your whitening is complete, you can easily maintain your beautiful brighter smile with occasional touch-ups using the custom trays and whitening gel.
Over-the-Counter Whitening Products and Other Whitening Options
Drugstore shelves are full of products that claim to give you the same results as professional teeth whitening, but they rarely do. Most patients achieve the best results when they opt for a professional system and whiten their teeth based on recommendations of an experienced dentist.
Teeth whitening toothpaste is very abrasive and can damage your enamel. Over-the-counter whitening strips and gels are messy and unable to give you the same results as professional teeth whitening. When you use these products, whitening gel can end up on sensitive tissue like your gums, lips, and tongue.
Another common option that patients ask about is single appointment in-office teeth whitening. While convenient, single appointment in-office teeth whitening has its drawbacks.
One common problem associated with in-office bleaching is tooth sensitivity that develops during the procedure. When this occurs, patients may have to stop treatment in the middle of the procedure. The outcome is less whitening than the patient had anticipated. Unlike the vital bleaching technique provided by Dr. Olvera, patients leave in-office teeth whitening appointments without customized whitening trays for future touch-ups.
Contact Us to Learn about a Whiter Smile
To find out more about teeth whitening using the vital bleaching technique recommended by Dr. Olvera, please call Dental Dimensions today to schedule your consultation.