Teeth whitening is a simple way to help you regain confidence in your smile! Professional teeth whitening can be done at the dentist’s office or home with a dentist-recommended kit. At AlmadenSmiles, Daljit Chhabra DMD, there are two main ways to whiten teeth; both methods offer comparable results.
At-home whitening kits allow patients to work independently in their own homes. These kits come with custom-fit trays and professional strength gel to drastically change the appearance of teeth in just one week. The process is simple and involves wearing the trays with the provided gel daily for a set amount of time. Most people see significant results within just a few days of starting the process.
In-office whitening offers the fastest and most dramatic results in just one visit. A protective shield is placed over the gums to protect them from the gel, and then a specialized light is used to activate the gel and help it penetrate the tooth surface. The entire process only takes about an hour to complete—and the results are immediate. Both methods are safe and effective and can be used by almost anyone to improve the appearance and health of the smile.
Why Choose Professional Teeth Whitening?
Professional whitening is customized to each patient, making the treatment more effective and safer than over-the-counter whiteners. Your dentist can also identify the cause of tooth discoloration and recommend the best solution to give you a brighter smile. And, because it’s administered under the supervision of your dentist, you’re less likely to experience adverse side effects like increased tooth sensitivity.
How Does Teeth Whitening Work?
The whitening gel lifts stains from your tooth enamel and removes them when rinsed off. This can be achieved through at-home treatments or professional-strength products at your dentist’s office.
If you opt for an in-office treatment, your dentist will likely use a high-concentration bleaching agent that is applied to the teeth and then activated with a specialized light. This process breaks down the chemicals faster and provides more dramatic results than over-the-counter treatments.
Is Teeth Whitening Safe?
Yes! Professional teeth whitening is entirely safe as long as it is performed under the supervision of a dentist. Before undergoing any whitening procedure, your dentist must examine your teeth and oral health to ensure that you are healthy enough to undergo the treatment. Then, they will provide you with a prescription strength bleaching solution, which will be applied using a customized mouthpiece or tray. Your dentist can answer any questions about the process before your appointment.
If you’ve decided that it’s time to improve the appearance of your smile, our cosmetic dentist can help. To learn more about teeth whitening, contact AlmadenSmiles, Daljit Chhabra DMD at 6541 Crown Boulevard Suite G San Jose, CA 95120 or call (408) 268-4161