Teeth whitening is a common cosmetic dental procedure, and many patients request this procedure prior to big events such as weddings, graduations, or even job interviews. Having brighter, whiter teeth helps you make a good first impression, and Dr. Don Alexander and Dr. Michael M. Greenburg are dentists in Jacksonville, FL who offer at-home and in-office teeth whitening options to help patients look their best.
How Do Teeth Get Discolored?
Even people with excellent oral hygiene can have discolored teeth. The discoloration process occurs naturally over time simply because of aging, but it can also accelerate from other factors such as tobacco use or frequently consuming highly-pigmented drinks such as coffee, tea, or red wine. Even certain prescription medications result in tooth discoloration. Following your dentist’s recommended oral health regimen can slow down this process, but it cannot reverse or prevent discoloration on its own.
Jacksonville, FL dentists Dr. Alexander and Dr. Greenberg offer patients the option of in-office or take-home teeth whitening kits. Both options reverse years’ worth of stains, restoring a more youthful appearance to the teeth. In both options, prescription-strength whitening products give you the results you’re looking for.
In-Office Teeth Whitening
Our fastest method of teeth whitening is the in-office procedure. This takes a little over an hour and can produce results up to ten shades lighter. Results will depend on the severity and source of stains on the patient’s teeth, with certain stains being more difficult to erase completely. We’ll discuss expected results prior to your treatment during your consultation.
The process of in-office teeth whitening usually goes as follows: First, we set up a protective barrier for your gums. Next, we brush a layer of maximum strength bleaching gel onto your teeth and activate the ingredients with a special light. This process may need to be repeated several times until your desired shade is achieved.
At-Home Teeth Whitening Kit
The most convenient method to remove stains from teeth is at-home teeth whitening kits. This option utilizes custom-fitted trays made from a cast of your teeth to ensure the maximum-strength bleaching gel reaches all areas of the teeth. This kit provides far superior results to over-the-counter options such as whitening strips and toothpaste, and when monitored by your dentist, is faster and safer.
At home, you will fill the trays with gel and fit them over your teeth for the prescribed amount of time daily, often overnight while you sleep — but your dentist will tell you how long to leave them on. The bleaching gel will remove stains and, because it contains fluoride, it will also reduce sensitivity and strengthen your enamel. After about a week of regular use, your teeth will look dramatically whiter.
All our teeth whitening products are specially formulated to minimize tooth sensitivity and your dentist carefully supervises teeth whitening treatments.
Teeth Whitening in Jacksonville, FL
To discuss which teeth whitening treatment would work best for your dental hygiene goals, schedule an appointment with Dr. Alexander or Dr. Greenburg by calling 904.372.8157 or request an appointment online.