Nothing lifts your spirit and boosts your confidence quite like a dazzling, white smile. If you’re embarrassed by yellowed teeth, you can quickly and easily regain your beautiful, brighter smile with professional teeth whitening that produces dramatic results.
At Tricia Mockler, DDS, we offer customized in-office teeth whitening using the highest quality products for results in an hour or less. We also provide professional whitening products and trays to use for at-home whitening.
Don’t hesitate to call if you have any questions about teeth whitening. In the meantime, here’s everything you need to know about how professional-grade whitening can turn dingy teeth into an amazing smile.
Why you need a dental checkup before whitening
We know you’re eager to brighten your smile, but you should have a checkup before whitening your teeth, whether you want to do it at home or get your bleaching done here in the office. You need a dental exam to:
Treat dental problems before whitening
You don’t want to use whitening products if you have a cavity or inflamed gums. The bleach can irritate gum disease and penetrate through tooth decay to reach the tooth root. Both cases could turn your teeth whitening into a painful experience. After you have a dental exam, we can repair any problems before whitening your teeth.
Get a professional cleaning to optimize whitening
Layers of plaque or tartar on your teeth lead to uneven teeth whitening. If you want optimal results, we need to thoroughly examine and clean your teeth.
How teeth whitening works
Have you ever wondered how whiteners eliminate the stains on your teeth? The active ingredient in all whiteners is a type of bleach, typically hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide.
After the bleach is applied to your teeth, it penetrates the enamel and releases oxygen. This process breaks down the organic materials responsible for the stain — for example, residue from food, tobacco, and coffee. The stains disappear, without affecting your tooth enamel.
You may experience some teeth sensitivity after your whitening procedure, but the sensitivity goes away in a few days. We can give you a numbing agent if needed.
Professional teeth whitening produces exceptional results
We offer professional teeth whitening in the office. And if you want to whiten your teeth at home, we provide a professional product that produces much better results than over-the-counter whiteners.
Philips Zoom WhiteSpeed®
In the office, we use Philips Zoom WhiteSpeed, which combines an innovative LED light and three 15-minute whitening sessions to get your teeth up to eight shades lighter in just 45 minutes. You can also have an optional fourth session if you want more whitening.
For the in-office whitening procedure, we use a retractor to keep your cheeks and lips out of the way and apply a barrier to protect your gums from the bleach. We can adjust the intensity of your procedure to lower the chance of sensitivity.
We check the color of your teeth before starting your procedure, giving us a way to compare the change after bleaching with the color before your procedure. The professional whitener has a higher concentration of bleach than at-home products, giving you exceptional results in a short amount of time.
When you want to whiten your teeth at home, we provide Opalescence, a professional product available through our office. Opalescence contains a chemically activated formula, so it doesn’t require a light. We also give you a customized tray that does a better job of holding the bleach against your teeth than the one-size-fits-all products available in your local store.
Limitations of teeth whitening
Teeth whitening is fabulous, but it has limitations. For starters, beaching doesn’t whiten dental restorations such as porcelain bridges, crowns and veneers. Composite fillings also don’t get lighter.
If you already have restorations, we talk with you about your options and the best way to achieve a brighter smile. If you need restorations, we can whiten your teeth first and then match the restoration to your new shade.
You may also have staining, such as an intrinsic stain, that doesn’t respond to the bleach. Intrinsic stains develop in the dentin below your tooth enamel. This type of stain may develop due to medications such as tetracycline, certain antihistamines, antidepressants, and drugs to treat high blood pressure.
If you have a stain that professional whitening can’t improve, we offer a range of cosmetic dentistry procedures that beautifully restore your smile.
If you have any questions about teeth whitening, or if you’re ready to schedule an appointment, call Tricia Mockler, DDS, or use our online booking feature.