Dr. Alexander offers professional teeth whitening in Jacksonville, FL. One of the most popular procedures in cosmetic dentistry, teeth whitening is a quick, effective, and relatively inexpensive way to improve the appearance of your smile. Teeth whitening is also commonly used in combination with other cosmetic and restorative dentistry procedures as part of a total smile makeover.
A good life is full of big moments. Maybe you’re about to walk down the aisle at your storybook wedding to the partner of your dreams? Maybe you have an interview coming up for the job you’ve always wanted? You’ll want to look and feel your best. But maybe you’re embarrassed to smile because your teeth aren’t so pearly white anymore. Maybe your confidence needs a boost?
If you can identify with this, professional teeth whitening treatments may be just what you need to smile your best smile! If you are in the Jacksonville FL area and are considering professional teeth whitening, Alexander Dentistry can help.
Dr. Alexander offers professional teeth whitening that can be administered in his dentist office, in the comfort of your home, or a little bit of both. We use carefully selected, professional bleaching brands to maximize results and minimize tooth and gum sensitivity.
What Causes Teeth Discoloration?
Even if you’ve dutifully cared for your teeth by brushing and flossing as recommended by your dentist, discoloration of your teeth will still occur naturally over time. This process can also be hurried along by other factors such as smoking or chewing tobacco or daily drinking of coffee, tea, cola, or red wine. Even certain prescription medications can cause discoloration as a side effect.
Your dentist recommends brushing twice daily and flossing at least once daily. This can slow this discoloration down and help your smile stay brighter and healthier longer. However, it cannot reverse this process entirely.
Jacksonville FL dentist Dr. Alexander offers patients the option of in-office or take-home teeth whitening. Both treatments restore a more youthful appearance for your teeth by removing years’ worth of stains and discoloration. A fresh, white smile can boost your self-esteem and make you ready to meet whatever challenge you’re facing.
In-Office Teeth Whitening
Our most immediate method of teeth whitening is the in-office procedure. This procedure takes a little over an hour and can produce results up to ten shades lighter. Your results will vary depending on the severity and source of stains on the patient’s teeth, with certain stains being more difficult to erase completely. Dr. Alexander will discuss expected results prior to your treatment during your consultation.
The process of in-office teeth whitening usually follows as such: First, we set up a protective barrier for your gums against the bleaching chemicals. Next, we brush a layer of maximum strength bleaching gel onto your teeth and activate the ingredients with a special light. This procedure may need to be repeated several times over several months until your desired shade of whiteness is achieved.
At-Home Teeth Whitening
A more convenient method for whitening your tooth enamel is at-home teeth whitening. This method utilizes custom-fitted trays that Dr. Alexander creates in the office using state-of-the-art technology and maximum strength bleaching gel. The take-home kit provides far superior results over the counter options for sale at your local drugstores such as whitening strips and toothpaste.
At home, you will fill the trays with gel and fit them over your teeth for the recommended length of time, usually overnight while you sleep. The bleaching gel — which contains fluoride — will remove stains while also reducing sensitivity and strengthening 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. Dr. Alexander carefully supervises teeth whitening treatments.
Teeth Whitening FAQs
Will teeth whitening give me permanent tooth sensitivity?
No. All types of teeth whitening procedures (whether at the dentist or not) will give you some sort of tooth sensitivity, but it is not permanent. Tooth sensitivity occurs as a chemical reaction on your tooth enamel from the whitening material reacting to stains.
Is teeth whitening permanent?
No. Teeth whitening is not a one-and-done treatment, and will not permanently whiten your teeth. Your teeth will not stay perfectly white forever, no matter the type of teeth whitening service you get. Teeth stain over time, so to keep your teeth white for long periods, you will need periodic follow-up treatments. Beware of services that offer permanent results.
Can dental insurance cover my teeth whitening procedure?
No. Most dental insurance providers will not cover this service because it is deemed as an elective dental service, and not necessary for the health of your mouth and teeth. The teeth whitening procedure is a popular cosmetic dental treatment for patients looking to enhance the appearance and beauty of their healthy smile.
Schedule a Teeth Whitening Consultation
To discuss which teeth whitening treatment would work best for your dental hygiene goals, schedule an appointment with Dr. Alexander and his dental team in Jacksonville FL.