There are many causes of tooth discoloration. Over time, red wine, coffee, tea, tobacco, and certain medications can all leave stains. Genetics and the aging process can also darken the teeth. Fortunately, these stains can be dramatically reduced with teeth whitening, a quick, convenient, and cost-effective treatment. Dr. Robert Rebert, Jr. offers in-office and at-home teeth whitening treatment options at our Metairie, LA practice. Patients who desire fast treatment can benefit from in-office whitening, while patients who wish to whiten their teeth on their own schedule, or have especially sensitive teeth, can benefit from the at-home whitening approach. Both offer excellent results. To schedule your teeth whitening appointment, contact us today.
Preparing for Teeth Whitening Treatment
Before undergoing any type of teeth whitening treatment, we recommend that patients undergo a dental exam and professional cleaning. This serves two important purposes. First, the exam allows us to identify any dental problems such as tooth decay that must be addressed before undergoing any cosmetic treatment. Second, the cleaning will remove any plaque and tartar, making treatment more effective.
The In-office Teeth Whitening Procedure
During your in-office teeth whitening appointment, Dr. Rebert will apply a whitening gel that contains hydrogen peroxide. We will then focus a special light onto the teeth to activate the gel. After about 15 minutes, we will remove the gel and repeat the process two more times. After about an hour, you will see a noticeable improvement in the appearance of your smile.
At-home Teeth Whitening Instructions
At-home teeth whitening contains a lower concentration of hydrogen peroxide, making it an ideal option for patients with tooth sensitivity. Meanwhile, many patients simply prefer to whiten at home. This option does take longer than in-office whitening, but if you follow the recommended treatment plan, you can achieve comparable results.
The at-home whitening process involves the use of custom bleaching trays and professional whitening gel. The gel is applied to the trays, which are worn for about 30 minutes per day, for a prescribed number of days.
Teeth whitening makes your smile look healthy and charismatic, while highlighting all your best features.
Teeth Whitening Results
With our in-office whitening system, you will see results instantly. Your teeth may be up to eight shades whiter after just one hour. The at-home system offers gradual results, but if you use the system as directed, you can achieve results that are similar to those achieved with in-office whitening.
What Are the Advantages of Teeth Whitening?
Teeth whitening is a non-invasive, affordable cosmetic dentistry procedure that offers many benefits, including:
- Improved confidence when smiling, laughing, and speaking.
- Motivation to exercise good dental health.
- A safe, easy, cost-effective, and convenient way to drastically improve the appearance of the smile.
Learn More about Teeth Whitening
If you would like to learn more about teeth whitening, contact us today. We would be happy to answer your questions about teeth whitening and help you decide if it is right for you.