Teeth whitening is the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatment, and it’s easy to see why. Studies show that people with whiter teeth are perceived as happier, healthier, and more attractive. Teeth whitening is even said to make people appear up to ten years younger. Dr. Dale Greer and his Dallas dentistry team offer patients professional teeth whitening options to fit any stain removal needs, budget, and schedule.
How Teeth Whitening Works
Teeth become stained for numerous reasons including food and drinks consumed on a daily basis, medications, and genetic predisposition, but removing those stains involves the same basic chemical reaction. Hydrogen or carbamide peroxide are used to create an oxidizing effect that removes even deep set stains from teeth, but not all whitening products are created equal. Oxidation can be harmful, if the process is not precisely controlled. Rust and rotting fruit are both examples of the harm caused by oxidation. When teeth whitening first gained popularity, the majority of patients reported experiencing sensitivity following treatment, but now, that number is significantly reduced because the application process, chemical doses, and time spent on whitening are adjusted to meet individual needs. Dentists also assist patients in protecting soft-tissue from the damaging effects of peroxide which helps further reduce sensitivity. Additionally, dentists realized that the body’s natural acid neutralizer, saliva, counteracts the oxidizing effects of peroxide making whiteners ineffective within minutes.
Dentists realized teeth whitening was most safe and effective if the correct dose was administered for the right amount of time to only the teeth while protecting all soft-tissue and sealing out saliva. While over the counter whitening products are abundant, they cannot provided the individualized treatment available from a skilled teeth whitening dentist. Dr. Greer and his Dallas dental team provide a superior level of comfort and care to teeth whitening patients using both in-office and at-home whitening plans.
For patients who have had trouble with teeth whitening or sensitivity or who would like quick results, in-office whitening is likely the best choice. Dr. Greer starts the procedure by applying a protective seal to soft-tissue so it’s protected from the whitening agent. Then, a layer of whitening gel is placed on the teeth. In about an hour, patients’ teeth are up to ten shades brighter, and because a professional applies and monitors the entire process, treatment is safe, predictable, and effective.
Patients with sensitive teeth or who would like to gradually lighten teeth may want to consider at-home whitening. We provide a custom-made whitening tray that keeps the professional whitening gel on teeth, and keeps saliva out boosting the effectiveness of the whitening product. This treatment plan is often preferred by patients with sensitive teeth as dosage and wear times can be easily adjusted throughout treatment.
Find Out More about Dallas Teeth Whitening
Do you want to find out more about your teeth whitening options or schedule a cosmetic dentistry consultation? Contact the Dallas dental practice of Dr. Greer today. Our skilled team is happy to help you find a teeth whitening solution that works for you.