Tooth whitening is the most commonly requested cosmetic
dental procedure in the US. It is a very effective and non-invasive way to make
your smile look more youthful, healthy
and attractive. The treatment is relatively affordable and simple. It can be done in-office or at-home, or both.
Why professional tooth whitening?
It is normal for your tooth enamel to gradually accumulate
stains as you age, even if you brush and floss faithfully. However, the
discoloration process can accelerate and become more obvious if you regularly
consume coffee, tea, red wine, dark colored fruit juices or soda, or if you use
tobacco products. Over-the-counter, retail whitening products may help to
reduce the appearance of surface staining, but many patients prefer the faster,
more dramatic and longer-lasting results of professional whitening.
Whitening only works on natural tooth enamel, and not all
patients are suitable candidates. Consequently, we recommend that your first step be a hygiene appointment (to remove tartar,
plaque and surface stains), followed by a dental examination. Dr. Solomon or Dr. Sergerie will determine
your suitability for a successful whitening and will evaluate the replacement
of any old fillings or crowns. The
placement of restorations will be done after
bleaching so they will match the shade of your newly bleached teeth.
(Most professional tooth whitening procedures, both
in-office and at-home, use a special peroxide gel as the bleaching agent. Some
patients experience tooth sensitivity during or immediately after the
procedure, but this is usually mild and resolves quickly.)
Patients who want a quicker, brighter result choose in-office whitening. This procedure
occurs during a scheduled office appointment lasting about two hours. During
that time you can sit back and relax, watch TV or listen to music. We use a
laser lamp to enhance the speed and effectiveness of the gel, and we protect
your gums and lips to minimize or eliminate any discomfort or irritation. Although
individual results vary, many patients see an immediate dramatic improvement
with the in-office option. (As an added bonus, all in-office whitening patients
also receive custom-fitted trays and gel
– as described below – for touch-ups at home.)
occurs at a time and place of your own convenience, but can take up to a few
weeks to achieve maximum results. You will receive a custom-fitted impression
of your teeth and a supply of professional strength peroxide gel. A small
amount of gel is dispensed into the upper and lower tooth trays and these are
then worn for a specified time at recommended intervals. The custom trays are
comfortable to wear and ensure that the gel actually stays in contact with your
tooth enamel during treatment.
In every case, we will provide you with care instructions to
ensure your comfort and the effectiveness of whichever procedure you select.
If you have any questions about tooth whitening, send us an
email, give us a call, or just drop by!
Solomon Dental Group
25815 Budde Rd
The Woodlands, TX 77380
C.J. Solomon, DDS, PA doing business as Solomon Dental Group