Teeth Whitening in Bonita Springs
Have you ever thought you wanted whiter teeth? Often the difference between a good smile and a great smile is the shade of the teeth. Teeth whitening is one of the easiest and most transformative procedures related to cosmetic dentistry. At Pelican Landing Dental, we provide the residents of Bonita Springs, Estero, and surrounding communities with in-office or take home whitening.
What Causes Discolored Teeth?
Teeth can become discolored for many reasons. First, many teeth simply discolor over time. Normal foods and drinks can contribute to a darkening of the tooth structure. This includes tea, wine, and coffee.
Many habits can also contribute to tooth discoloration. Tobacco use is one of the most common ways that teeth become darkened.
Take-Home Teeth Whitening
Take-home whitening is actually quite easy. The process is as follows; first, impressions will be made of your teeth and gums. These impressions will be used to fabricate stone models. Special vacuum formed clear trays are then made from the models and trimmed to a custom and comfortable fit.
These custom trays will be delivered to you along with the whitening gel. This is then applied into the trays and worn at home as directed. The results can be surprising. Many teeth can become several shades brighter and truly transform a smile.
In-Office Teeth Whitening
The process of in-office teeth whitening is a bit different. A special material is used to protect the gum tissue. From there, a high concentrated whitening material is applied to the teeth. The results of this are incredible and can be realized in a single appointment. Often take-home whitening agents are provided for touch-ups.
At Pelican Landing Dental, we use Opalescence Boost for our in-office whitening.
Professional vs. Over-the-Counter Whitening
We are often asked if there is a significant difference between the two. There are some benefits to both manners of whitening. The main benefit of over-the-counter (OTC) whitening is cost. These products can be very inexpensive.
Professional whitening has several marked benefits over the OTC methods. First, the results can be much more dramatic and even - meaning the entire tooth surface is evenly whitened. This is due to the custom tray. A tray that does not fit properly over the teeth often prevents an even coating of whitening material. Second, professional whitening delivers results in a significantly reduced time frame. This is due to the large differences in concentrations of the whitening agent. Many times the desired results simply cannot be realized with OTC methods. Finally, professional assistance should always be provided when whitening. Teeth that are over whitened can become translucent, which often can damage the smile permanently. Teeth that have received dental work with tooth-colored materials do not whiten the same as natural teeth. The dentist can help prevent uneven results due to this limitation.
Frequently Asked Questions about Teeth Whitening
You may have read many things online about teeth whitening in Bonita Springs, and it can be difficult to know what’s true. We want to clarify details about this treatment as much as possible for you before you get started so that you feel confident. Take a moment to read our responses, but we also invite you to reach out to us if you still have questions on your mind. We look forward to meeting with you for a consultation to take years of stains off your teeth.
Is Teeth Whitening Safe?
Absolutely! Whether you’re whitening in the office or at home with our kits, we take every precaution to make sure you and your smile stay healthy while brightening your teeth. For example, for in-office treatment, we utilize a gum dam to keep the strong bleaching chemicals away from your gums. It is possible to experience minor sensitivity following in-office treatment, but this symptom usually fades within a couple of days.
Am I a Good Candidate for Professional Teeth Whitening?
In general, most patients qualify for teeth whitening. All that’s required is that your teeth be free of cavities, gum disease, and other issues before we start. If we discover any problems during your consultation, we’ll resolve them first and then address the color of your teeth. The only way to know for sure whether you’re ready for a brighter smile is to have a consultation with us!
Does Teeth Whitening Affect Crowns, Fillings, and Other Restorations?
The powerful bleaching agent in professional whitening solutions does not change the color of fillings, bonding, crowns, and veneers, but it may weaken the bond that holds composite resin in place. During your consultation, we’ll take your restorations into account to determine which treatment is right for you.
How Long Do the Results of Teeth Whitening Last?
Typically, whitened teeth retain their shade for two or three years before needing touchup treatment. To make the results last as long as possible, you can avoid darkly pigmented foods and drinks that lead to staining. By coming to our office on a regular basis, we can make sure that your teeth remain as white as possible. When necessary, we can provide at-home kits for you to maintain your beautiful smile.
How Much Does Teeth Whitening Cost?
Because we offer multiple solutions for brightening smiles and personalize treatment, it’s difficult to estimate the cost of the whitening procedures for all patients. During your consultation, we’ll create a customized plan and provide a personalized quote so you know exactly what you can expect to pay.