Should I Brighten My Smile At Home Or In-Office?

We understand if you feel embarrassed about your stained teeth. Which is why your Tucson, AZ, team can brighten them with professional teeth whitening. To help remove discoloration, our team provides both an in-office and an at-home procedure. But which one is right for your smile? When should you see us for cosmetic treatment?

What Causes Teeth Stains?

Why do our teeth become stained? A number of different factors could lead to discoloration. For example, lack of daily brushing and flossing, combined with a diet high in sugary and starchy items, could mean plaque buildup. This sticky layer of bacterial byproduct not only increases the risk of tooth decay and gum disease, but also makes stains more visible. When we smoke cigarettes or use other tobacco products this again stains our teeth. Beverages with dark pigments, such as tea, red wine, coffee, and soda could also be a problem. Understanding the cause of your discoloration means we can choose the best treatment option, and help you make positive changes to your daily routine to keep your teeth bright!

In-Office Solutions

To start, we will place a protective layer over you gums and lips. Next, we apply a powerful bleaching gel to the teeth. We activate the gel using a special light, repeating this process as needed to brighten teeth. The entire visit only takes between one and two hours, so a great option if you need fast results before a big event. People often go this routine before job interviews or weddings!

Whitening Trays and Gels

To address more severe discoloration, and to also reduce tooth sensitivity, our team may opt for the at-home option. The process starts with an initial office visit, in which we take impressions of your smile and create a set of plastic trays. You take these trays home, along with a bleaching gel. At home, the trays will be filled with gel and worn for about a half hour to 45 minutes. The trays help ensure an even whitening. The total process takes between a week and ten days, depending on the severity of your discoloration. You can then keep the trays and gel for any touch ups you may need down the road. If you have any questions about our teeth whitening options, or if you want to see which one is right for you, then contact our team today to learn more. Let’s make 2020 the year you obtain your brightest smile possible!

Do You Have Questions About Cosmetic Dentistry?

At our Tucson, AZ, dentist’s office, our team can help you enjoy a brighter smile with custom cosmetic treatments. If you have questions about cosmetic dental care and better homecare, contact us today to schedule a visit by calling our office at 520-296-5439.