Teeth whitening is a great way to renew your smile. It can brighten dull teeth, as well as lift away certain types of stains and discolorations. Professional teeth whitening performed at a dentist’s office is the fastest way to brighten your smile. All it takes is one treatment for teeth to be several shades whiter. Dr. A. Joshua Montgomery, the highly skilled dentist at our office in Springfield, MO, can determine if teeth whitening is an option for you.
In-Office Teeth Whitening
In-office teeth whitening is the quickest way to achieve a significantly whiter smile. Over-the-counter whitening products can take several weeks or months to deliver noticeable results. Professional teeth whitening treatments performed at the dentist’s office can brighten teeth by several shades in a single appointment. Additionally, the results of in-office whitening can last for up to five years.
It takes about one hour to whiten your teeth in the office. At our office in Springfield, MO, we use a teeth whitening treatment that contains a professional strength bleaching that delivers results quickly. After taking precautions to protect sensitive areas, such as the lips and gums, a whitening gel is brushed on the teeth and left there for about an hour. The bleaching agent in the whitening gel penetrates the tooth enamel and works to whiten teeth and eliminate stains. After one hour, the gel is removed and the teeth will be noticeably whiter.
Candidates for Teeth Whitening
You are probably a good candidate for teeth whitening if you have good oral health and wish to brighten your smile quickly. Many types of stains caused by foods and beverages can successfully be removed with in-office teeth whitening treatment. Additionally, teeth that have become dull over time due to aging can be made significantly brighter with professional whitening.
While whitening treatments are highly effective for brightening a dull smile and eliminating certain stains, there are some types of stains they cannot fully remove. For example, stains that are brownish or grayish in color or that affect deeper layers of a tooth cannot be easily bleached away. Whitening treatments are also less effective on teeth that are badly discolored or have extensive pitting.
When stains cannot be treated with teeth whitening, there are other options that can help. A whiter smile can still be achieved by concealing stains with veneers, dental bonding, or another cosmetic dentistry option. Our knowledgeable dentist can determine if you are a candidate for teeth whitening.
In-office teeth whitening can completely transform your smile in just one appointment. Schedule a consultation with Dr. A. Joshua Montgomery to find out if you are a candidate for teeth whitening by calling our office in Springfield, MO, at (417) 883-2111.