The Perks to Professional Teeth Whitening

By Gary W. Machiko, DMD
December 15, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Teeth Whitening  

Having white teeth will never go out of style.

There are always a ton of do’s and don’ts in the fashion world, and we’re sure that most of you have heard to put away the white pants after Labor Day; however, sometimes nothing looks more fresh and crisp than something radiantly white. So even if you’ve already put away those white pants this year, that’s OK. The only white we’re talking about wearing is your smile. If your smile has lost some of its luster it’s time to get your smile back on track, and teeth whitening in Pittsburgh can hold the key to a brighter smile.

Professional versus over-the-counter whitening

If you’ve wandered through your local drug store lately, then you’ve probably noticed the rows of teeth whitening products. If you’ve ever tried them you may well know that it takes weeks before you see results, and even after you do start to notice changes, it’s very subtle. Commercial whitening products aren’t exactly known for producing significantly brighter smiles; however, our teeth whitening system offers a brighter smile in only 45 minutes. Plus, we can get teeth up to eight shades whiter in just one visit. No more waiting weeks for results. You can walk in and out of our office with a noticeably brighter smile.

What is the teeth whitening process like?

First an instrument is inserted into the mouth to push the cheeks away, exposing all your teeth (don’t worry, this doesn’t hurt!). Then a resin is painted on your teeth to protect against bleaching irritation.

Then a bleaching gel goes over the teeth and a specialized laser is directed at your smile to activate the gel. Each session lasts about 15 minutes before the gel is washed off, and fresh gel is reapplied. There are often two or three sessions involved in one bleaching visit.

What are the advantages?

No other teeth whitening can produce results as quickly. This is also the safest way to bleach teeth, as your dentist can control any teeth sensitivity.

Are there any drawbacks?

If you have dental work like fillings or crowns, the bleach will only change the color of natural teeth. This means that the teeth whitening won’t actually brighten cosmetic procedures.

There are also some stains that are harder to remove than others. Teeth that are darker due to trauma, antibiotic use, or overexposure to fluoride also may not benefit from teeth whitening.