Teeth Whitening: An Overview
Many of our patients are looking for the fastest way to get the smile of their dreams. One of our most recommended cosmetic dentistry solutions is teeth whitening in Laurel, MD. This is because it is an effective, minimally invasive treatment that will brighten your smile.
We offer at home and in office teeth whitening treatments to best meet our patient’s needs. Before you receive treatment, our cosmetic dentist creates a custom mouth tray for your. This will ensure that your teeth are exposed to the correct amount of whitening gel.
Teeth Whitening in Laurel, MD
As a cosmetic dentist in Laurel, MD that you can trust, we are happy to provide you with teeth whitening solutions to meet your needs. Whether you are interested in whitening your teeth at home or in our office, we provide the treatment that is most convenient for you. Both treatments will deliver effective results.
Take-Home Teeth Whitening
We offer a simple at home whitening kit for patients who prefer to whiten their teeth from the comforts of their home. You will need to come to our Laurel, MD dentist for a brief visit. Here, we will take impressions of your teeth and use them to create your custom trays.
Your custom fit trays will fit perfectly against your teeth much like a mouthpiece. This allows for even whitening and less sensitivity. We will show you how to properly use them for optimal results. Your teeth will slowly whiten during the treatment period which is typically about two weeks but may vary from patient to patient.
In-Office Teeth Whitening
Choosing teeth whitening in our Laurel, MD dentist office may cost more but the results are instant. This is convenient if you need your teeth whitened for a special upcoming event. It is also the safest way to whiten teeth since the gel is applied by a dental professional. For the best results, we may suggest a teeth cleaning before the treatment.
Teeth Whitening FAQs
How long does teeth whitening last?
Teeth whitening is not a long term solution for achieving white teeth. Depending on your personal habits, teeth whitening results can last for one or more years. For example, if you are a regular coffee drinker or smoke cigarettes, your smile is likely to dull faster than others. Patients will often return to our office for touch up treatments every so often.
Is teeth whitening safe?
Yes. All of our treatments are safe and for the benefit of our patients. While you may experience some teeth sensitivity or gum irritation from the bleaching gel, these symptoms will go away after your treatment. Your dentist may suggest some products to treat tooth sensitivity if this continues to occur while whitening your teeth.
Do you recommend over-the-counter whitening strips?
Patients can buy teeth whitening products at their grocery store, including over-the-counter whitening strips. We suggest avoiding these products, as they are often a one-size-fits-all approach to teeth whitening. Our custom whitening trays fit only your smile so that the color of your teeth is consistent. Often, patients who use whitening strips come to us afterward with blotchy teeth because the whitening solution was not evenly applied to the surface of their teeth.
When do you see results from teeth whitening?
After professional teeth whitening treatment, patients should expect to see results after about 24 hours. They may continue to become brighter for 2 weeks after treatment. During the first 2 days, patients’ teeth are more sensitive to staining.
Do teeth stain easier after whitening?
After teeth whitening treatment, patients’ teeth may become stained easily from potent colored drinks and food. Patients should avoid drinking coffee, wine, and artificially dyed foods like candy for at least a week.
Should I clean my teeth before or after whitening treatment?
Whitening treatment goes better if your teeth are clean right before the treatment. We suggest an in-office whitening right after a dental cleaning or getting your whitening trays after a cleaning. We will remove any plaque or tartar buildup and you’ll get an even whitening treatment.
Does teeth whitening hurt?
No, whitening your teeth shouldn’t hurt. If anything, you’ll experience some sensitivity. This will go away after a few days. Professional teeth whitening gels minimize sensitivity on your teeth.
How often can I whiten my teeth?
Even with professional products, teeth whitening can cause severe sensitivity if it’s overdone. Only whiten your teeth once or twice a year. Teeth whitening results last for at least this long, so you should be covered for your whitening needs.
Whiten Your Teeth at Laurel Smiles Dental Care
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