Different Teeth Whitening Techniques

All of us wish for sparkling teeth and a dazzling smile, and fortunately, teeth whitening is a procedure that can whiten your teeth and combat dullness with ease. Our dentist at Affordable Dentistry Today in Alton, Illinois, is available to help you choose the right whitening treatment for your needs. Take a closer look at the various systems we utilize at our dental office, below. 

Laser Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening has become one of the first requests that dental patients have when visiting their dentist.

Laser teeth whitening is administered in a dental office exclusively and is the most expensive method for whitening. Bleach is applied to each tooth, and heat generated by a laser enhances its effectiveness while ultimately speeding up the process. This procedure uses a strong bleaching gel that the laser activates and enhances for quick, dramatic results. The bleach used is a hydrogen peroxide gel that ranges from 25 to 40 percent in concentration levels. With these high concentrations, special precautions are taken to reduce tooth sensitivity, as well as protect the lips, gums and other oral tissues from being damaged. 

Laser teeth whitenng takes about an hour in the dental office. Oftentimes, several treatments are needed to achieve the desired results and bleaching trays for home use may be needed as well to improve or maintain those results. 

Laser teeth whitening isn't for everyone and is just one option to whiten your teeth. To find out more about teeth whitening, schedule a consultation at Affordable Dentistry Today by calling us at 618-465-5815.

Opalescence Boost

Opalescence Boost is a chemically activated power whitening gel that provides brighter, whiter teeth after just 40 minutes in the dental chair. The powerful 40% hydrogen peroxide gel is chemically activated, so it doesn’t require a hot, uncomfortable light to work. 

Opalescence Boost consists of two syringes: The first contains 38 percent hydrogen peroxide, the active tooth whitening ingredient. The second syringe contains fluoride and potassium nitrate (PF), which helps strengthen tooth enamel, reduce sensitivity and protect against cavities. When mixed, the gel produces a distinct red color to help ensure correct placement and full removal of the product. 

Safe and effective, Opalescence Boost usually takes only one dental visit to complete. While one visit is all you need to achieve a brighter smile, difficult stains or extreme discoloration may require additional treatments.

At Affordable Dentistry Today, Opalescence Boost is just one of many teeth whitening options. Call us at 618-465-5815 to schedule a consultation.

Take-Home Whitening Trays

There are two types of Teeth whitening methods. One which the person can perform themselves, and another which only a trained  dentist is qualified to do. While the second kind can also be done at home, given the person doing it has sufficient resources, it is not advised to try advanced procedures on your own!

Take-home whitening trays are an example of the former type of teeth whitening, and it is easy to see why, judging just by the name. They are a treatment that you can perform in the comfort of your own home, according to the instructions of our dentist however.

What are Take-home Whitening Trays

These trays are fittings that go over your teeth, and whiten them through a special gel that they are coated with on the inside. They are customized trays made specifically for you, and filled with a hydrogen peroxide based gel, which brightens up the upper layer of the teeth, making them look visibly brighter.

These trays, once made, can then be taken home with them in the form of a teeth whitening kit, and applied for a certain time period, as recommended by our dentist. The time period for which they are applied can vary according to your needs.

How do Take-home Whitening Trays Work

Custom whitening trays are a cover for your teeth which is made after taking an impression of your dental arrangement. They are usually made of a clear plastic, and are perfectly aligned with your teeth. Just before handing them to you, our dentist will insert a small dollop of gel into each little reservoir, lending the trays their whitening properties.

The whitening trays are filled with a gel that consists of a hydrogen peroxide solution, which basically bleaches the teeth, when it comes in contact with the enamel.

These trays are then placed on the teeth for a certain number of time, which, as mentioned, can vary along with your needs.

After they have been left on the teeth, they are taken off, cleaned with a q-tip or any other cloth, and rinsed. This makes them ready to be used again. It is not recommended to use them for at least another day, after each application.

These whitening trays are worn on the teeth for several hours a day, for as many days as it takes to sufficiently whiten the teeth and show results.

If you need a teeth whitening solution, Affordable Dentistry Today in Alton, Illinois, can help! Our dentist will help you identify which system will effectively help you reach your whitening goals. Schedule your consultation today by calling 618-465-5815.