Brighten Your Smile—Teeth Whitening in North Little Rock
Normal tooth brushing and proper oral care goes a long way toward keeping teeth white and bright, however the natural aging process in conjunction with teeth straining habits like coffee, soda, and tobacco often leaves teeth yellow, or generally discolored. A bright white smile presents a welcoming picture of health.
Good candidates for tooth whitening exhibit great oral health and teeth without fillings or other restorations. To discover if a whitening process is appropriate for you, make a consultation appointment with a dentist like Dale E. Colclasure in North Little Rock, or feel free to ask questions about your viability as a tooth whitening candidate at your next dental exam.
While many over the counter whitening products from strips to toothpastes offer some degree of whitening, patients looking for a dramatic improvement in tooth coloration may opt to consult with a dentist about professional grade in office and at home options. Dentist administered whitening treatments provide a larger range of shade lightening than typical over the counter tooth whitening methods with the added safety benefit of doctor supervision.
In Office Whitening
In office whitening procedures typically employ a whitening lamp or laser to enhance the effectiveness of a whitening gel. The light energy accelerates the affect of the peroxide agent in the gel, creating quicker and more dramatic results.
After a 90 minute session, in office whitening procedures provide immediate results. The whitening process may increase sensitivity and patients might experience a brief period of mouth pain similar to the sensitivity created by tightening braces. Whitening patients should avoid foods that could stain white clothing (coffee, tomato sauce, red wine) for at least the first 48 hours after the procedure.
At Home Whitening
In addition to in office teeth whitening services, the dentist is able to provide at home whitening gel tray kits. Our North Little Rock office carries Opalescence Take Home Whitening Gels, a whitening system only available through a consultation with your dentist. The gel provides a safe at home method to dramatically increase the brightness of your teeth while offering the added benefits of strengthening tooth enamel and possibly even increasing cavity prevention.
The Opalescence system is completely customized to your needs, including trays molded to fit the exact positioning and alignment of your mouth. Results might show up immediately, but typically the whitening process takes a little over a week to reach the ultimate shade of whiteness desired.
Over-the-counter and drugstore tooth whitening gels, films, toothpastes, and mouthwashes offer those looking to only improve the whiteness of their teeth by few shades the opportunity to do so inexpensively. Most whitening products incorporate hydrogen peroxide as the whitening agent. Some even advocate rinsing with hydrogen peroxide itself to gain at home teeth whitening results.
Before using over-the-counter products, consult with your dentist. Over-the-counter products might cause tooth discoloration and increased sensitivity. They also might cause safety issues if the user swallows the whitening agent. You dentist can provide safety information as well as steer you toward the best at home method for your unique set of teeth and whitening goals.
A bright smile is a great asset in business and in social life. If stained or discolored teeth prevent you from smiling brightly, consult with you dentist to discover the options available to improve the brightness of your smile safely and effectively.