Teeth whitening can help remove stains from the teeth or enhance the appearance of teeth that have become more yellow with age. Your dentist can provide a bleaching gel that is capable of eliminating stains in the enamel.
Patients can choose from different teeth whitening options that involve those bleaching gels. Those who need a quick turnaround for a big event like a wedding or high school reunion can select an in-office treatment that can leave your smile up to 10 shades whiter in about an hour.
These in-office systems typically use lasers to activate the bleaching agents, which in turn helps them to take effect more quickly. Patients come away with noticeable results in a single appointment.
The at-home systems that require patients to wear a custom-designed tray for several hours at a time are also highly effective, but they do take a little longer for the patient to see the change in the smile’s appearance.
With an at-home teeth whitening treatment, patients usually wear the trays overnight while they sleep. Because the trays are fitted to the patient’s unique specifications, they are very comfortable and rarely interfere with sleep. The tray’s design also helps them to deliver the bleaching agent more evenly and effectively.
Patients who choose an at-home treatment may not see results for a few days, and sometimes it takes up to a week or two before the gels have their full effect. Nonetheless, at-home treatments are a good option for many patients, especially those who have more limited budgets.
Although some teeth whitening treatments are available over the counter in retail stores, many patients find that they get better, more consistent results when they work with a dentist to whiten and brighten their smiles. Dentists are able to provide stronger bleaching agents, and custom trays tend to be more effective delivery methods for the gels.
Don’t resign yourself to a yellow or stained smile. There is likely a teeth whitening option that will work for you. Be sure to bring up this topic at your next dental appointment or schedule a consultation to learn more about teeth whitening and how it may benefit you, as well as any special considerations for your case. For more information, contact the office of Drs. Coakley & Trainor at 781-935-8810.