Professional Teeth Whitening Options

Most people think that a bright, white smile is very attractive and desirable, but a number of factors can lead to teeth that are discolored or stained. If you are not happy with the current color of your teeth, a professional teeth whitening procedure done by a dentist may be a great option for you. When you choose to have your teeth professionally whitened by a dentist, you have a couple of options. Continue reading to learn more about what to expect:

Teeth Bleaching

While there are numerous products available over the counter that promise to whiten teeth, none of them are as strong as what you can get from a dentist. One option is to purchase a professional-grade teeth whitening kit from your dentist that you can use at home. A professional kit is light years ahead of what you can purchase at a drug store, and the results will likely be much more impressive.

If you want to purchase a professional teeth whitening kit from a dentist, you will need to make an appointment for a consultation. Your dentist will exam your teeth and talk with you about what shade you would like your teeth. You will then be fitted for a mouth tray that is custom-made to fit your teeth. The custom-made tray will help ensure that the whitening solution evenly spreads over the surface of your teeth when you use it.

After your custom tray is made, your dentist will provide you with all of the materials you need, as well as detailed instructions on how to properly use your teeth whitening kit. It may take some time to achieve optimal results, but this is typically the most affordable option when it comes to professional teeth whitening.

Laser Bleaching

If you need a visibly brighter smile really fast, you may want to consider laser bleaching. This is an in-office procedure that can typically be done in an afternoon. During a laser bleaching treatment, a whitening agent will be applied to the surface of your teeth and then a high-powered laser light beam is used to activate the whitening agent so it can penetrate the top layer of the enamel and brighten your smile. 

Laser bleaching is relatively painless, but some people may experience temporary tooth sensitivity for a short amount of time. This type of procedure can whiten your smile by several shades almost immediately. While it is more expensive than an at- home professional grade teeth whitening kit, many people appreciate the almost instant results. 

For more information, consider contacting a cosmetic dentist like those at Kemper Pond Dental.