Our dentists believe that teeth whitening is the best thing to happen to conservative dentistry since dental floss. It is now possible to give people beautiful, bright smiles using affordable, safe, and comfortable materials. In fact, we believe that tooth whitening can be healthy for your teeth and gums! We call it Healthy Whitening, and it is FREE with every cleaning.
At Forest Family Dentistry, there are several tooth whitening options for you, all of which are proven to brighten your smile, and even improve your oral health. Each technique has it’s advantages/disadvantages, and a thorough dental examination will help you and your dentist determine which is best. These are a few of your options:
- In-office whitening. This procedure is called chairside whitening and usually requires only one office visit. The dentist will apply either a protective gel to your gums or a rubber shield to protect the oral soft tissues. A peroxide, or natural whitening agent is then applied to the teeth, and a special light may be used. In some cases, a dental laser can be applied to accelerate the process.
- At-home whitening. Peroxide-containing whiteners actually bleach the tooth enamel. They typically come in a gel and are placed in a mouthguard. Usage regimens vary. There are some short term potential side effects, such as increased sensitivity or temporary gum irritation. Speak with your dentist if you have any concerns.
- Non-peroxide whitening alternative. Advanced, non-peroxide, oxygen-infused teeth whitening system can deliver gentle, powerful, longer-lasting results. This new system provides you with a very effective method for cleaning and whitening your teeth. It is simply brushed on your cleaned teeth with a non-peroxide foam system that has less side-effects than the traditional peroxide-based whitening systems.
- Whitening toothpastes. All toothpastes help remove surface stain through the action of mild abrasives. “Whitening” toothpastes in the ADA Seal of Acceptance program have special chemical or polishing agents that provide additional stain removal effectiveness. Unlike bleaches, these ADA Accepted products do not change the color of teeth because they can only remove stains on the surface.