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Have years of smoking or drinking coffee and tea taken a toll on your smile? Are you looking for a fast, simple, effective, and affordable way to brighten your discolored teeth? If so, look no further. Our in-office and at-home teeth whitening procedures can restore and remove years from your smile. Call today to schedule your consultation.
What Is Professional Teeth Whitening?
Our in-office cosmetic whitening process is also known as power bleaching or chairside whitening. The dentist uses highly concentrated bleaching gels to remove accumulated stains from the tooth enamel. Unlike do-it-yourself whitening solutions, our products are powerful enough to provide dramatic results that you can see immediately. Because our dentist monitors each step of the process, it is completely safe and painless.
When Is Cosmetic Teeth Whitening Used?
To make sure that you are a candidate for cosmetic teeth whitening, our dentist will examine your teeth to determine the cause of your tooth discoloration and check for any underlying issues that could affect the outcome of the treatment. In general, the process is used to remove stains from tooth enamel caused by smoking or certain foods. There are situations where cosmetic whitening may not be the best option for improving the appearance of stained teeth. For example, whitening will not correct discolorations caused by dental decay or other issues involving the tooth structure or medications, such as tetracycline. The materials used in most dental restorations are also impervious to the bleaching gel, so you may want to replace crowns and bridges so they will match your new tooth color.
Is There an Effective Way to Perform Teeth Whitening at Home?
If coming to our office for chairside teeth whitening does not work with your schedule, it is possible to get similar results at home with our personalized teeth whitening kits. You will need to make a quick trip to our office so we can take impressions of your teeth. This will ensure that the whitening trays fit properly. We will then provide you with professional-grade whitening gel along with detailed instructions on how to use the system safely and effectively. When used consistently, you may be able to lighten your teeth up to six shades in just a couple of weeks.
How Much Will I Pay for Teeth Whitening in Peoria?
We realize that budget is a concern for most of our patients. We will provide you with an estimate of your teeth bleaching cost once the dentist has assessed your dental needs. In general, the cost of your teeth whitening procedure will be based on the number of treatments required, the type of system used, and whether you need additional procedures to correct the color of dental restorations or treat underlying dental issues.
Do Over-the-Counter Teeth Whitening Products Work?
Not all cosmetic teeth whitening systems are created equal. Many of our patients have tried the do-it-yourself products available at their local retail or drug store because they are inexpensive. These strips, gels, toothpastes, and rinses may provide some improvement; however, they do not provide the dramatic results available with professional-grade products since they are not as powerful. There is also the risk of user error, which can lead to gum irritation or inconsistent results.
What Does a Teeth Bleaching Dentist Do?
Cosmetic teeth whitening is a painless process. Your dentist will go over the exact steps involved in your teeth whitening procedure; however, the following is an overview of the basic process:
- The dentist will examine your teeth for any underlying issues that could affect the outcome of the whitening process.
- We will clean your teeth to remove any superficial debris or stains.
- We may take several photos of your teeth. This will provide us with a baseline that we can use to track the progress of your treatment.
- The dentist will expose the teeth using a cheek retractor and apply a protective liquid to your gums to protect them from the whitening gel.
- The dentist will then apply several coats of the bleaching gel to your teeth. Each coat is allowed to sit for a short time before being removed.
- Depending on the whitening gel used, the dentist may also use an intense light to activate the gel and improve the results.
- After several coats of gel have been applied, the dentist will assess the progress and determine if you need further treatments to achieve your desired results.
How Do I Schedule a Teeth Whitening Procedure?
If you are ready to dazzle people with a brighter smile, we are ready to help you find the whitening solution that is best for you. Call today to schedule an appointment with our teeth bleaching dentist.