A bright white healthy smile is a beautiful thing to see, and is a great personal asset. It raises our confidence and self-esteem, and helps us make a great first impression. A bright smile gives the impression of health, youth, vitality, happiness, and a warm personality. Lifestyle choices, aging, and the products we consume can all discolor our teeth over time. At Biltmore Dental Center, Dr. Sameet Koppikar offers his patients two great ways to put the sparkle back in their smile.
At-home whitening kits are great for those who want to whiten their teeth in the comfort and privacy of their own home. An impression is taken, and custom trays are made to fit your teeth precisely. This prevents the gel from leaking and irritating soft tissues as is common with commercial one-size-fits-all whitening kits. You will be given the trays and professional strength whitening gel to be worn for a period each day or night. It takes approximately two weeks to complete treatment, but some lightening is seen after the first treatment.
Our in-office, also called chairside whitening is our most popular option. With this method, teeth can be lightened several shades in as little as an hour. This is especially popular with patients who want to look their best for an upcoming event, such as a class reunion or job interview. Most brides to be have their teeth whitened before the wedding. Some people are simply excited and in a hurry to have a bright new smile.
There are many over the counter whitening products available today, such as toothpastes, rinses, strips, tray kits, gels, and even chewing gum. While some of these products may provide some moderate whitening, they are only effective on the surface stains. Due to safety laws, by necessity, the commercial whitening options have a much lower concentration of the whitening agent. Some products contain micro fine abrasive particles, which can wear tooth enamel with excessive use. Additionally, commercial whitening methods have to be repeated frequently because the deeper stains are still there, so the teeth discolor again quickly.
If you want a brighter smile, and have decided to whiten your teeth, it is wise to consult Dr. Koppikar even if you have decided to use a commercial product. He can do a thorough dental exam and recommend the best option for you; some oral conditions can be aggravated by whitening agents. Additionally, the cause of the stains can affect the outcome and Dr. Koppikar can recommend the method that will work best for the type of staining you have.
Call Biltmore Dental Center today at (602) 954-8200 and schedule a consultation with Dr. Koppikar, he is an expert in making Phoenix smile.