Teeth bleaching in Carmichael Ca
Keeping our teeth their whitest is a lot harder than it sounds. With all the coffee, wine, smoking and other foods that have the ability to stain our teeth on a daily basis, even proper maintenance sometimes leaves them a little lackluster. Teeth whitening is an excellent way to restore the natural color of your teeth or even make them whiter than your natural color if you would like.
To accomplish the whitening of your teeth, we utilize a tray whitening system. This tray whitening system is completed in 2 steps. The first step is to make an impression of your teeth. With this impression, we'll craft you custom whitening trays that you can use over and over. Finally, you will take the whitening gel and put it in the gel for a short period of time over a period of a few days. This often results in a whiter smile of 4 - 8 shades!
Types and levels of bleaching:
1. In office bleaching- Need your teeth bleached by the weekend? Hate wearing a bleach tray? Don't want to deal with the hassle of daily bleaching? Then an in office bleaching procedure maybe for you. The procedure involves 2-3 hours of your time in the dental chair with a higher concentration of teeth whitener on your teeth. After 2 hours, your teeth will turn 3-5 shades lighter. However, for maintenance, you might have to wear a bleach tray anyways. Patients with highly sensitive teeth are discouraged from this procedure because their teeth may hurt for 2-3 days after it. This procedure ranges from $500-$800.
2. Bleach trays with whitener- This procedure consists of wearing customized trays for 2-3 weeks. Teeth whitening gel is worn in these trays for 1-4 hours daily until desired teeth shade is achieved. Bleach trays can be used year after year and is not a onetime use.This procedure will also change yuor teeth 3-5 shades depending on initial staining of teeth. The procedure cost ranges from $200-$350.
3. Bleaching strips and Over the counter products- These products are effective however desired results maybe unpredicatable due to bleach concentration and no professional supervision. The product is used daily similar to bleach trays but they are a onetime use unlike bleach trays can be used year after year. No need to take molds of teeth and there is no customization. The cost ranges from $35- $75.
My teeth get sensitive when I bleach, what can I do?
If you have sensitive teeth and would like to teeth whitening there are several ways to proceed without sensitivity. First, you can use a toothpaste for sensitive teeth (e.g. sensodyne) or any dentist can prescribe sensitive toothpaste while you are bleaching. Second, you can leave this sensitive toothpaste on your teeth and not rinse out. Lastly, you and decrease concentration or type of bleach used to decrease sensitivity. Call our Carmichael location for more information on teeth whitening and to see if you are a candidate for teeth bleaching.
Do over the counter(OTC) whitening products such as Crest white strips work?
Yes they work but they may not be as effective as doctor prescribed bleaching products- OTC products such as Crestwhite strips may take longer to achieve desired results or may not whiten to the desired shade.
Does in office whitening such as Zoom work?
Yes, you will get some shade improvement with in office whitening. The procedure takes about 1.5 -2 hours and may cause teeth sensitivity. You will have lighter teeth but for best results, you will need to use custom trays and take home bleach for 2 weeks. The procedure costs $400-$1000.