A simple, non-invasive solution for whiter, brighter, younger-looking smile
Stained or discolored teeth are very common among adults of all ages, and come from a variety of sources, including:
- Red wine
- Various medications
"Patients with stained or discolored teeth tend to brush more vigorously, which can remove tooth enamel, result in further discoloration and cause serious dental problems," explains Dr. Anundsen. "The key to a long lasting, bright, white smile is to have your teeth professionally whitened before discoloration becomes too severe."
What is tooth whitening (bleaching)?
Tooth whitening uses a gel-like whitening solution that is applied directly to the tooth surface. This solution contains some form of hydrogen peroxide. At Alpine Dental Arts, Dr. Anundsen offers a variety of professional at-home kits and in-office whitening treatments depending on your individual needs and desires.
Over-the-counter kits also are widely available for home use. They provide trays to hold the gel, or whitening strips that stick to your teeth. Talk to your dentist if you want to use over-the-counter products. Be sure to follow directions to avoid overuse and possible damage to your teeth and mouth.
With in-office (chair-side) whitening, Dr. Anundsen uses a more powerful whitening gel along with a specialized light or laser to activate the gel and allow bleaching to happen faster. "People with a time constraint for that special occasion will often ask for a teeth whitening solution because it's quick and easy," says Dr. Anundsen. "We love offering patients a choice of two in-office whitening treatments. These treatments are combined with a take-home bleaching system for the ultimate in white teeth maintenance."
For professional whitening at home, Dr. Anundsen offers three different systems. One that uses regular one-size-fits-all trays lined with whitening gel, and two systems that use custom-made trays that precisely fit your teeth combined with take-home whitening gel The trays and gel will need to be applied daily for one or two weeks. At-home whitening is a great way for you to maintain white teeth and a bright smile in the comfort of your own home.
The key to a long lasting, bright, white smile is to have them whitened by a cosmetic dentist before discoloration becomes too severe. Whether you choose an in-office or at-home procedure, you can be sure to receive solid advice, professional care, and a smile that will knock their socks off!
How well does it work?
Professional treatments tend to penetrate deeper to whiten teeth faster – and the results last longer than those seen with over-the-counter treatments. Whitening is not a permanent procedure. Results can last for up to several years with at-home touch-ups. The longevity depends on the amount of staining substances coming in contact with your teeth, as well as your oral hygiene habits. According to Dr. Anundsen, the tooth whitening is very effective and patients are extremely pleased and amazed with the results.
Whether you choose an in-office or at-home procedure, you can be sure Dr. Anundsen will provide you with solid advice, professional care and a smile that will turn heads.
What's the difference between professional and over-the-counter whitening treatments?
Professional whitening treatments tend to penetrate deeper to whiten the teeth — and the results last longer than those seen with over-the-counter treatments.
“When you use custom-fitted trays, the entire tooth is exposed to the whitening gel,” explains Dr. Anundsen. “While strips whiten the surface of the front teeth, they don’t get into every nook and cranny. Strips and other over-the-counter whitening kits also contain less gel in a lower percentage of peroxide, so they must be used for a longer period of time than professional treatments to achieve an optimal shade of white."