What Teeth Whitening Options Do I Have?

Teeth Whitening Options

Teeth whitening options for brightening your smile range from over-the-counter options, to in-office whitening, and custom, in-home tray whitening kits made for you by our office. Tray whitening is a less expensive whitening treatment you can use while in the comfort of your own home. During a teeth whitening consultation, Dr. Niles can discuss with you what your goals are for your teeth whitening and what options would work best for your lifestyle and budget.  

How Teeth Whitening Can Benefit You

In-office whitening can safely brighten your smile by 8 to 12 shades in just one office visit.  This whitening treatment is the perfect restorative dental solution if:

  • you have discolored and stained teeth
  • you are seeking significant results in a short amount of time
  • you have a busy schedule with no time for multiple office visits
  • you have sensitive teeth and gums

If you would rather whiten your teeth at home, we can also talk to you about options for at-home teeth whitening. Both methods offer you different benefits that can help take your smile to the next level.

Choosing a Teeth Whitening Option for You

There are a few different options available for you to whiten your smile.  At Niles Family Dental, we offer teeth whitening services in our office as well as an at-home system that provides whitening power for a slightly longer period of time. Both treatments offer different advantages for you to consider.  Some patients choose to combine both in-office whitening treatments and at-home treatments for the maximum whitening effect.  During your teeth whitening evaluation, Dr. Niles will discuss both treatment options and help you come to a decision.

Teeth Whitening Evaluation

The first thing that will occur during your teeth whitening evaluation is a thorough cleaning of your teeth to remove plaque or material that has collected on the surface or between your teeth so Dr. Niles can best consult you on what will be the most effective treatment for your goals. Following this cleaning, a dental exam will be performed to look for any tooth decay, cracks, or gum disease that could cause problems during the teeth whitening procedure.  (Bleaches can cause irritations if these conditions are present.)  To help assess the current shade of your teeth and the desired shade, photos may be taken of your teeth to aid in the whitening process.

In-Office Whitening

Professional in-office teeth whitening is the most popular cosmetic dental procedure in the world today and is used to treat tooth discolorations that result from aging, consumption of certain foods–notably, coffee, tobacco red wine, sodas, and dark-colored vegetables and fruits.  

Unlike at-home whitening systems that incorporate low-dose bleaching agents, your in-office whitening will take place under carefully monitored conditions with Dr. Niles who will oversee your treatment to ensure that the amount of bleaching gel you are given is safe, controlled and doesn’t cause you pain.  Thicker peroxide gels and the use of desensitizers, such as potassium nitrate and fluoride, help prevent gum and tooth sensitivity during the teeth whitening procedure.  

One of the biggest advantages to our in-office whitening procedure is you will be able to notice a difference in your smile immediately after your treatment in our office.  The discoloration on your teeth will be removed in just one visit.   

At-Home Whitening Kit

As part of your at-home whitening kit, you will receive custom-fit trays.  To ensure that these trays fit your mouth comfortably, we will first take an impression of your mouth to create customized clear whitening trays for you to wear.  Within a few days your trays will be ready to be picked up and we will show you how to apply the special bleaching material to the trays.  The whitening gel trays should be worn 30-60 minutes up to twice a day.

Advantages to at-home whitening include: 1) It is less expensive than in-office whitening; 2) in-office bleaching is not a permanent solution; you will need to repeat whitening treatment/maintenance when the whitening begins to fade; and 3) It is convenient and portable. The lower-percentage bleach in your at-home kit allows you to treat the teeth for longer periods of time providing you the ability to whiten your smile whenever you feel like it needs it.  

Call for a Consultation

If you are suspicious that you may need a root canal, call Niles Family Dentistry today to make an appointment. Taking care of symptoms when they hit is crucial so that your condition doesn’t worsen and cause permanent consequences.  Call today for a consultation at (720) 744-0001.  Niles Family Dentistry serves the families of the Niwot, Longmont & Boulder communities. We look forward to meeting you and your family.

Ashley Niles

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