Shed Years From Your Smile with Teeth-whitening
While good hygiene and preventive dental care can help you avoid most dental issues, some things may be unavoidable – particularly teeth stains. Even with the best care, teeth can eventually become stained and grow dull from years of exposure to food and beverages. The good news is that, in most cases, stains can be erased and your teeth brightened with a professional teeth-whitening treatment. The cosmetic touchup can be completed during a single visit to our office, usually lasting about an hour, or you can apply the treatment at home with the aid of custom-designed trays.
A custom take-home whitening kit consists of trays designed to fit comfortably over your teeth, and a supply of professional-strength teeth bleaching solution. The trays hold the solution against your teeth’s surfaces while protecting it from saliva, which could dilute the bleaching agent. By wearing the trays every night for 10-14 days, you can brighten your smile up to eight shades or more.
When patients need a brighter smile in a hurry, we can recommend an in-office treatment that takes just over an hour (on average) and can produce results similar to the take-home treatment. During your appointment, Dr. Darlington will carefully ensure that your lips, gums, cheeks, and other soft oral tissues are protected before applying the bleaching gel to your teeth. Then, he will stimulate the gel using a specially-calibrated light for 10-15 minutes, then repeat the process as needed until your teeth are brighter and stain-free.