Teeth Whitening

Guaranteed Confidence Booster

Professional whitening has become the most requested cosmetic dental treatment from patients. Dr. Johnson at Heartfelt Family Dental Excellence offers custom, at-home whitening solutions. At-home whitening trays offer unlimited versatility. The custom-fitted trays can be worn while watching TV or driving to work, and in the privacy of your own home. Your day-to-day life will not be interrupted. Our at-home whitening treatments are also stronger than over-the-counter options. The custom-fitted trays provide a perfect fit and no discomfort. Take home trays allow you to get professional results at your convenience. For today’s busy lifestyles, this is a perfect solution.

A research article in the Journal of American Dental Association, states that teeth whitening is a “highly positive, behavior changing” cosmetic treatment.

Making the choice to have teeth whitening done in a professional dental setting is a safe, effective way to brighten your smile. It is a cost-effective cosmetic treatment with guaranteed results. When compared to other cosmetic investments, such as facial creams, chemical peels, and pricey spa treatments – where results may not be noticeable for weeks – teeth whitening will be noticeable immediately and will continue to whiten and brighten with each session. You’ll receive a great return on your investment. You will decide when you have reached the perfect shade of white for your skin color and complexion.

The oral exam at the beginning of any whitening process is part of the great investment. At this visit, Dr. Johnson will determine if your tooth discoloration will respond to whitening treatments, or if it is related to a dental condition that will need more extensive treatment. Internal tooth discoloration does not respond to extrinsic teeth whitening treatment, but Dr. Johnson can diagnose the source of your tooth discoloration and recommend appropriate treatment.

Main Causes Of Tooth Discoloration

Baby teeth, or deciduous teeth, are whiter than our adult teeth. Our adult teeth become darker, yellower, or stained over time. This is one of the reasons whiter teeth make people appear younger. There are two types of tooth discoloration – internal and external discoloration.

Causes of internal discoloration can be:

  • Antibiotics – Tetracycline before birth
  • Fluorosis or exposure to high levels of fluoride as a child
  • Developmental disorders
  • Early tooth decay
  • Root canal issues
  • Restorations
  • Trauma
  • Genetics

External tooth discoloration is usually caused by elements outside the body, predominantly foods and tobacco. The main causes of external tooth yellowing are smoking, and consuming food containing tannins, such as coffee, tea, carrots, oranges, and other dark foods.

Home Whitening Systems

While many over-the-counter teeth (OTC) whitening products will lighten your teeth a few shades, dentist-supervised whitening is safer and more effective. The custom-fitted mouth trays decrease most common OTC side effects, such as gum irritation, gel leakage, and tray slippage. Many patients report saliva diluting the whitening gels in OTC treatments. Custom fitted trays are made specifically for your teeth and gums, and the vacuum seal halts dilution.

Benefits of At-Home Whitening

  • Reduce the risk of tooth sensitivity
  • Gradual whitening
  • Dentist supervised for safety
  • Longer lasting results
  • Done in the privacy of your own home
  • Proven to whiten teeth several shades
  • Requires minimal maintenance to maintain whiteness

At-Home Whitening Process

Professional at-home teeth whitening makes utilizes highly concentrated bleaching gels, hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide, that are not available over the counter.

  1. A mold of your teeth will be created to produce a top and bottom mouth trays, which are custom-made for your teeth. The trays are thin, flexible plastic, so you’ll find them quite comfortable.
  2. To begin your treatments at home, you will fill the trays with whitening gel and wear the trays daily for 7-14 days. Depending on the system prescribed for you, trays can be worn from 30 minutes to one hour to as long as overnight, Dr. Johnson will help you decide which system is best for your lifestyle. Trays are usually prescribed to be worn one hour a day.
  3. When your perfect shade of white is attained, periodic maintenance will be required to maintain bright and beautiful results.

Maintaining Your New Smile

As you notice your new self-confidence increasing, you will want to maintain you whitening results more than ever. Results vary from person to person, lasting from six months to two years. As always, continue to brush and floss every day, and schedule your twice annual cleaning appointments with Dr. Johnson. Educate yourself about foods and beverages that stain teeth; some are, red wine, tea, and coffee. At-home professional whitening is great, because you can do periodic at-home touch ups to keep that brilliant smile intact.

Don’t Hesitate, Start Your Brighter Smile Now

Vacation time, special event, or anytime. Call Dr. Johnson and our team at Heartfelt Family Dental Excellence to begin your custom tooth whitening at 208-667-4551. Heartfelt Family Dental Excellence wants to make every day a brilliant smile day.