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.
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:
If 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.