Over time, our teeth naturally become discolored. Eating staining foods like berries and chocolate and enjoying staining beverages like coffee, tea, red wine, and dark beer speed the discoloration process, as can smoking. The result is teeth that can make us look older and less healthy than we are. Teeth whitening can reverse staining and give you a smile that looks youthful and healthy.
We offer both in-office and take-home teeth whitening options. The best way to find out which is right for you is to talk to Dr. Debra Cederbaum, who has 30 years of experience as a cosmetic dentist in Seattle. To schedule your appointment, please call 206-524-1314 or email us today.
In-Office Teeth Whitening
In-office teeth whitening can give you dramatically whiter teeth in just one visit to our office. You can walk in with a stained smile and walk out less than an hour later with one that is significantly whiter.
We offer two in-office teeth whitening options: Sensational Smiles and Zoom! Both have their advantages, as we will talk to you about them during your consultation so you can decide which is right for you.
The principles of in-office teeth whitening are the same for both treatments. Concentrated whitening gel is applied to your teeth. This gel begins working right away, and works well on its own, but the use of a special light catalyst encourages multiple reactions of the whitening compound, allowing for more whitening with the same amount of whitener.
At-Home Teeth Whitening
With at-home teeth whitening, we create a customized tray that is perfectly fitted to your teeth and teach you how to put in the right amount of whitening gel and other important tips for getting the best results from your whitening system.
Results from at-home whitening is more gradual, but the results are better, and because you can use the whitening system for periodic touch-ups, they can be permanent.
What about Over-the-Counter Whiteners?
Over-the-counter whitening products are available in virtually any drugstore, grocery store, or general store these days. They can be effective, but they are much less effective than whitening with a dentist for several reasons.
Over-the-counter whiteners do not have whitening compounds that are as strong as those we use. Over-the-counter whiteners that are in strips or trays also do not fit your teeth as well as professional trays. This can lead to uneven whitening, which can look even worse than stained teeth. And it can also expose your gums to the whitening compound, which can lead to irritation and possibly gum recession.
Limits of Teeth Whitening
Teeth whitening can dramatically whiten your teeth in most cases, but you can’t always get teeth as white as you desire. Your whitening results are limited by the thickness and color of your tooth enamel. Some people don’t have enamel that is as white as others. Your whitening results may also be limited by the source of discoloration. If discoloration is part of your enamel or deeper in the tooth, whitening may not be effective.
If teeth whitening is not effective, porcelain veneers can be used to give you the results you desire.
For the best results and safest whitening, work with a dentist. To learn more about your teeth whitening options and which might be best for you, please contact us for an appointment at our dental office in Seattle.