Visit a Lubbock Dentist for Teeth Whitening
Interested in having your teeth cosmetically whitened? You’re not alone. In fact, it seems only natural that most patients today are interested in having the brightest smile possible.
Professional teeth whitening goes beyond what is available at a store over the counter. There are limits to the chemical whitening agents in products purchased online or at the grocery. However, by visiting a dentist, we can measure the current whiteness of your teeth and work to lighten by several shades within a single 1 – 2 hour appointment.
Whitening teeth removes stains caused by coffee, tea, tobacco, alcohol and years of eating. Reverse the discoloration of tooth enamel to create a whiter smile! No natural tooth structure is lost, and whitening teeth at the dentist is even faster than at home. Experience the smile you used to have.
What Teeth Whitening Options Are Available?
We offer two teeth whitening options at Hancock and Johnston Dentistry.
- Take Home Whitening Kit. This option provides you with a custom tray that fits your teeth and the bleaching solution.
- We also offer the Opalescence Boost in office teeth whitening system. This process allows the patient to walk out of the office with a vibrant smile after only one hour.
Is Teeth Whitening For Everyone?
Not necessarily. Teeth Whitening is only one alternative to restoring discolored teeth. It comes down to diagnosing the exact cause of tooth discoloration. A number of factors contribute to yellow and discolored teeth including:
- Tetracycline (antibiotic) staining
- Excessive fluoride
- Trauma (injury) to the teeth
- Pulp (nerve) degeneration
- Restorative materials (silver, gold)
- Genetic and acquired illnesses
- Consumption of staining substances, such as coffee, tea or tobacco products
Another consideration is the strength and condition of your teeth. All patients are screened beforehand at our practice. A Dental hygienist visually examines your teeth and completes a digital x-ray to determine the health and condition of your teeth prior to whitening.
What are the Results?
Teeth whitening, even when done professionally at the dentist is not permanent. In order to achieve the desired degree of whiteness, the procedure may have to be performed a number of times (normally 3-5 visits). You may also require a simple “touch-up” visit once a year to maintain your bright new smile.
Schedule Your Teeth Whitening Appointment
Occasionally patients do experience some sensitivity to cold food and beverages for a day or two following the procedure. Thus, we recommend you avoid enamel staining substances such as coffee, tea and tobacco products for several days following your bleaching appointment.
If you have any further questions about teeth bleaching, we are happy to answer them. Those patients in our practice who have undergone cosmetic dental bleaching treatment have acquired not only a more pleasing smile, but have experienced enhanced self-esteem and self-confidence, as well as increased peace of mind. Ask us how bleaching can benefit you.