Teeth stains are inevitable due to our consumption of a variety of foods and drinks (soda, spicy food, coffee, etc.). However, advanced teeth whitening technology has enabled dentists to whiten teeth without adversely affecting the tooth structure.Almost all whitening methods are similar in concept, but some are much more effective because of the way the whitening material is delivered to the teeth. Another contributing factor is the concentration of the material, which is why less potent over-the-counter whitening systems usually don’t give patients the results they are hoping for. To give our patients the best teeth whitening results, Windsor Signature Smiles offers both tray whitening and in-office whitening treatments.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Am I a candidate for teeth whitening?
You may be a candidate for teeth whitening if you have discolored or stained teeth and wish to brighten the shade of your teeth by 5-10 shades. Ideal candidates for teeth whitening are also in decent dental health, do not have any gum disease, and do not have any cavities. To find out if you are, in fact, an ideal candidate for teeth whitening, schedule a consultation with Dr. Rahoo Patel of Windsor Signature Smiles today!
What is the difference between tray whitening and in-office whitening?
There are two main methods of professional teeth whitening that will yield similar results. Namely, they are tray whitening and in-office whitening. Tray whitening consists of wearing customized trays filled with whitening gel for a few hours each day. Tray whitening requires that a dental impression is taken to properly size the trays, but after that the remainder of the treatment can be completed at your home. The main drawback of tray whitening is that it can sometimes cause temporary teeth sensitivity.
The other method, in-office whitening, uses a single office visit to whiten your teeth. Not only is this method the most effective, but it is also the fastest method and only takes about an hour. There are different types of in-office whitening, so Dr. Rahoo Patel will help you decide which method will work best for your individual dental needs and treatment goals.
What can I expect after undergoing teeth whitening at Windsor Signature Smiles?
After your teeth whitening procedure, you may experience a brief period of tooth sensitivity. This is especially prevalent with tray whitening. However, this is usually short lived and will disappear within a week of your final whitening treatment. While you are having your teeth whitened and directly after, you will want to avoid consuming highly pigmented foods and beverages such as wine, tea, ketchup, dark sodas, mustard, hot sauce, and coffee to avoid further staining your teeth. This is so you will get the best results from your whitening treatment.
The results of your whitening treatment can last anywhere from approximately six months to three years, depending on the type of whitening treatment you choose, your dental and eating habits, and how your teeth respond to the treatment. To keep your results lasting as long as possible, it is important to maintain a good oral routine of brushing twice a day, flossing once a day, and visiting Windsor Signature Smiles at least once every six months for your dental checkup and professional teeth cleaning. You will also want to minimize your consumption of highly pigmented foods and beverages, or be sure to brush your teeth directly after to minimize staining.
If you have any questions about teeth whitening and you live in or around East Windsor, schedule a consultation with Dr. Rahoo Patel of Windsor Signature Smiles today!