Agoura Hills, CA
Do you want a brighter, whiter smile? Teeth whitening is a common cosmetic dentistry procedure that can have truly outstanding results. If you or a loved one are interested in teeth whitening, talking with the professionals at Artistic Smiles should be your first step. There are two main strategies for whitening your teeth: at-home or in-office. There are pros and cons to each strategy.
At-home whitening is usually cheaper than in-office whitening and is most people’s first stop. There are several different strategies for at-home whitening.
All toothpastes can help remove stains from teeth due to their mildly abrasive nature. But whitening toothpastes contain chemicals or polishing agents that can help scrub stains for the surface of your teeth. Whitening toothpastes do not contain bleach, and while some do contain peroxides, they are not left on your teeth for long enough to have a whitening effect. They are inexpensive and widely available, but generally only brighten your teeth by about one shade.
Used twice a day by rinsing for one-minute, whitening rinses work by reacting hydrogen peroxide or other reactive oxygen sources with the chromogens on the tooth. It can take up to three months to see any improvement, and your teeth usually only brighten by one shade.
Tooth-Whitening Strips and Gels
Strips or gels are directly applied to your teeth with a brush or thin strip once or twice a day, every day, for anywhere from 10-30 days. You can usually see whitening of 1-2 shades in a few days, and the results last for up to four months. They are widely available and generally cost around $10-$50 for a single treatment.
Tooth Bleaching Trays
Costing anywhere from $150-$600, tray-based bleaching systems utilize a mouth-guard shaped tray and a peroxide-based bleaching gel or paste. Placed over the teeth for one or more hours every day for up to four weeks, tray bleaching is an effective but cumbersome method.
By getting your teeth whitening done at the office, you can get whiter teeth, faster. Your teeth will get dramatically brighter - three to eight shades - in just a few 30-60 minute office visits. In-office tooth-whitening is usually more expensive than at-home options, ranging anywhere from $500-$1000 for a full treatment, but because they are safer, faster, and more effective, they are usually worth the investment. Professional whitening has three main stages. First, we prepare your mouth so that your cheeks and gums are covered, exposing only your teeth. Then we apply a professional-strength whitener to your teeth. After that, we expose your teeth to a special LED light to accelerate bleaching and you relax in our office for 15 minutes. We repeat steps two and three up to three times, reapplying the gel and light treatment each time. You should be able to see dramatic results with just one treatment.
I Want Whiter Teeth! What Should I Do Next?
Even if you are considering home treatments, it is important to talk to the professionals at Artistic Smiles about your options first. Tooth bleaching can make your teeth feel sensitive or can worsen already sensitive teeth. It works best for people with yellow teeth; people with brown, gray or purple teeth might not see any improvement. After a thorough examination of your teeth, gums and bone structure, we will provide you with your whitening treatment plan.
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