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Teeth whitening

Teeth Whitening

Having white teeth is not just about aesthetics, but also reflects the health of your mouth. Some of the benefits include enhanced appearance, boosts confidence and self-esteem, encourages better oral hygiene which can prevent oral disease, and has been shown to positively impact professional success. Having white teeth can be a part of a healthy mouth and can reflect how healthy the overall body is. Scheduling routine visits with your dentist is vital in maintaining not just the color, but the overall health of your mouth, and to discuss ongoing options to optimize the health and esthetics of your smile. 

Understanding Your Teeth Whitening Options

At Dorado Dental Wellness, we understand the importance of a bright, white smile in enhancing your self-confidence and overall appearance. With numerous teeth whitening options available today, we believe it's crucial to educate our patients about their choices. Here, we'll discuss the differences between in-office teeth whitening, at-home whitening, and over-the-counter whitening systems, along with the benefits of each.

In-Office Teeth Whitening

In-office teeth whitening is the most effective, quickest, and safest method for teeth whitening. Conducted by our professional dental team, this process involves the application of a highly concentrated bleaching gel to your teeth, often activated by specialized light or heat sources. The procedure typically takes 60-90 minutes, and most patients notice a significant change in color immediately.

Benefits of In-Office Teeth Whitening:

  1. Immediate results: In just one visit, your teeth can become several shades whiter.

  2. Safe and supervised: Our experienced dental team closely monitors the procedure to ensure your safety.

  3. Customized treatment: We tailor the process to address your specific dental needs and desired results.

In office teeth whitening

At-Home Whitening (Dentist-Supervised)

At-home whitening kits provided by us are a convenient, effective way to whiten your teeth over time. These kits include a customized dental tray tailored to your mouth and a less concentrated bleaching gel than used in-office. Patients typically wear the tray for several hours a day or overnight, with optimal results visible after a few weeks.

Benefits of At-Home Whitening:

  1. Convenience: Whitening can be done at your convenience, whether while sleeping or during daily activities. Additionally, the system can be used over and over again; so many patients like this as part of their beauty routine so they can whiten the week before a big social event or before the holidays without having to make an in-office appointment. 

  2. Customization: The dental trays are custom-made to fit your mouth precisely, ensuring even whitening and comfort.

  3. Professional guidance: Our team will provide guidance and monitor your progress.

  4. Decreased risk for sensitivity: Patients who have experienced teeth or gum sensitivity in the past tend to be a better candidate for the at-home system, because this has a lower percentage of the bleaching agent than the in-office system. 

In home teeth whitening

​Over-the-Counter (OTC) Whitening Systems

OTC whitening systems offer the most accessible and affordable method to whiten your teeth. These products come in various forms, including whitening strips, toothpaste, gels, and trays. However, the concentration of the bleaching agent in these products is much lower, leading to less noticeable results. It can take several weeks or months to see a significant difference.

Benefits of OTC Whitening Systems:

  1. Accessibility: These products are readily available in stores and online.

  2. Affordability: OTC options are generally less expensive than professional treatments. They tend to start around $40-50 per kit that can be used for 1-2 week long whitening experiences.

  3. Variety: The multitude of product options allows you to choose the method that suits you best.

Frequently Asked Questions about Teeth Whitening:

Q: Is teeth whitening safe?

A: Yes, when done correctly, teeth whitening is a safe procedure. However, some people may experience temporary sensitivity. It's crucial to follow the product's instructions or your dentist's guidance.

Q: How long do the results last?

A: The duration of the results varies depending on the method used, your dietary habits, and oral hygiene practices. Regular touch-ups can help maintain your bright smile.

Q: Can anyone have their teeth whitened?

A: Most people are candidates for teeth whitening, but not all. For instance, those with veneers, crowns, or extremely sensitive teeth may not be suitable candidates. Also, a patient must be screened for any dental disease and/or oral pathology first; this typically includes a comprehensive exam and review of dental xrays to confirm there are no urgent issues that must be addressed prior to proceeding with a teeth whitening procedure. We recommend scheduling a consultation with us to determine the best method for your individual needs.

Q: Is teeth whitening permanent?

A: No, teeth whitening isn't permanent. To maintain the results, you'll need to avoid food and drinks that stain teeth and follow good oral hygiene practices. Regular touch-ups can also help.

Remember, each individual's needs are unique. At Dorado Dental Wellness, we're committed to helping you choose the teeth whitening option that suits you best. Please don't hesitate to contact us at 214-997-0366 for more information or to schedule a consultation.

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