Teeth whitening is an at-home system performed under our direct medical supervision, using premier whitening products. This treatment can be used to address discoloration. Patients will wear the trays overnight for a few weeks until the desired shade of white is achieved. Teeth whitening results are long-lasting with proper oral care and routine visits to Lombard Dental Studio.
Whitening your teeth under medical supervision is a different process than using at-home teeth whitening products. In general, you will need a few appointments. The first appointment allows your dentist to conduct a thorough oral exam, to make sure your teeth and gums are healthy enough to undergo the whitening process. The following appointments may include creating custom molds of your teeth that hold the whitening solution, and ensuring that these molds fit correctly.
In most cases, you’ll wear your trays overnight for a few weeks, until the desired shade of white is achieved. Most people see results within about two weeks.
The results of teeth whitening can last for a long time, sometimes over a year. If you combine an in-office whitening plan with take-home products or touch-up services, you can enjoy your whiter teeth even longer.
Some patients experience sensitivity during or after whitening their teeth. This is normal and usually subsides soon after you have completed treatment. If the discomfort is severe, you can use sensitivity toothpaste to help minimize the pain.
To maintain a bright smile, it’s also important to avoid foods or beverages that might stain your teeth, like coffee, tea, red wine, or soda. If you have dental restorations, like crowns, you may need to replace them after the whitening process is complete. This ensures they match the color of your other, newly white teeth.
While at-home teeth whitening systems can slightly improve your smile, professional-strength whitening solution can only be prescribed by a dentist. You’ll have better results and spend less money overall if you opt for dentist-supervised teeth whitening.
Besides gaining a brighter overall smile, this type of teeth whitening can help to remove stains from smoking or coffee, and it gives your teeth a uniform color ― which can sometimes be hard to achieve with at-home whitening systems.
Under the care of Thousand Oaks dentists, you can also be sure your teeth will be safe and pain-free during the whitening process.
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