One of the most common questions Rodney L. Allen, DDS hears from his Parker dental patients is, “How can I get my teeth whiter?” If you’re like many of these patients, you’ve likely tried countless over the counter teeth whitening toothpastes, mouthwashes, strips, and gels with little to no improvement in the appearance of your smile. In fact, many patients who try these store bought whiteners end up with dental sensitivity, damaged soft tissue, and other oral health concerns that stem from the use of these products. The key to providing better teeth whitening results is understanding the underlying cause of the dental discoloration. Dr. Allen will work with you one on one to determine why your teeth are stained and help you find the best teeth whitening solution to brighten your smile. Contact us to schedule your cosmetic dentistry consultation today to dicuss teeth whitening in Parker, CO.
Before beginning any teeth whitening treatment, it’s essential to understand the cause of your dental discoloration. Some of the most common causes of dental staining include:
Dr. Allen determines your smile will be responsive to whitening with an at-home kit, he will create a custom treatment plan to meet your needs. Each whitening kit will include professional grade whitening gel and a custom crafted set of application trays. For a predetermined amount of time each day, you’ll need to wear these trays with a small amount of whitening gel. The custom applicators will fit snuggly against teeth, so no saliva will have access to the whitening gel and no whitener will leak out. When patients use their whitening kit as directed for about two weeks of daily application, they will achieve a smile between five and ten shades brighter.
At-home teeth whitening kits offer predictable results, brightening smiles up to ten shades over the course of about two weeks of daily application. Unlike in-office teeth whitening that can lead to dental sensitivity, at-home teeth whitening gels are a much lower concentration, and the majority of patients experience very little if any sensitivity.
There are two reasons professional teeth whitening kits work better than store bought whiteners. First, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) highly regulates these products to ensure your safety, so the amount of active hydrogen or carbamide peroxide in the whiteners is minimal. Without a professionally prescribed dosage of whitener, these products have little hope of providing the desired teeth whitening results. Second, the application methods used for these store bought products does not prevent saliva from accessing the active whitening agent. This means most products only remain active lifting stains for less than a minute at a time.
If you’ve been disappointed with teeth whitening in the past, chances are you simply didn’t find the right treatment for you. Dr. Allen is happy to help you achieve your dream smile, whether it’s through restorative services or cosmetic options like take-home whitening. We understand if you have questions or concerns about whitening your smile through professional treatments from our office, so please take a moment to review some of our most frequently asked questions below to learn more!
There’s no room for mistakes when it comes to your smile, which is why our office only uses products that are designed specifically for your teeth and gums. If they aren’t approved by the ADA and the FDA or they haven’t undergone rigorous testing, we don’t use them. This is why we can’t recommend certain “whitening solutions” available online and in stores today because we can’t vouch for their efficiency or even their safety. Professional whitening treatments are very safe and administered by an expert like Dr. Allen, including products that are used at home. By using custom trays, we can also ensure the bleaching gel used does not spread to your gums or get accidentally ingested.
Do you find it difficult to show your smile off because of stains or discoloration that won’t come out with brushing or over-the-counter whitening products? If so, you’ll want to call our office to schedule a consultation. During this visit, we can examine your smile more closely and confirm which treatments would best help you achieve your smile goals. We’ll also confirm no dental issues are present during your consultation as we will not perform cosmetic treatment if you have tooth decay or gum disease. Instead, we’ll get you started on a treatment plan for these ailments, then revisit cosmetic procedures once you’ve healed.
It truly depends on a few different factors. For example, if you have a solid at-home oral care routine that includes brushing twice a day with fluoridated toothpaste, flossing daily, and using mouthwash, your teeth could stay white for well over a year after treatment. You’ll also need to attend six-month dental checkups and cleanings to prevent stains from appearing on teeth in the first place. For additional longevity, consider reducing the number of dark-colored foods and beverages you consume on a regular basis. Using a straw to redirect richly pigmented substances can also help reduce the risk of stains. If you smoke or use tobacco, consider quitting as well.
When done properly, teeth whitening does not damage healthy tooth enamel. With that said, the chemicals in bleaching ingredients can cause problems if you have untreated tooth decay or gum disease. This is why we perform an exam before completing any cosmetic treatments period, not just teeth whitening. We advise against at-home remedies that can actively harm teeth, such as activated charcoal or hydrogen peroxide. Overusing store-bought products can also wear down enamel.