Various whitening systems are available to provide patients with options, both over-the-counter kits and in-office treatments from Dr. Shirley Parikh. Over-the-counter solutions include:
However, the most effective method for getting rid of stains is an in-office treatment. Dr. Parikh uses gold standard whitening trays that are customized to fit your teeth for the best results. She also uses dispense gel, a whitening solution that battles stains and is applied to the trays before Dr. Parikh places them over your teeth.
There are a few factors you may want to consider to determine if an at-home teeth whitening procedure will suffice for you. The strength of the bleaching agent makes a dramatic difference in the whitening process. In-office treatments involve higher concentrations of hydrogen peroxide compared to at-home systems, making the whitening gel more effective.
Professionally done, the team at Bristles Family Dentistry will customize whitening trays from your teeth impressions to achieve maximum contact with the surface of your teeth while minimizing contact with your gums.
Also, consider the costs versus benefits: Over-the-counter bleaching kits are less expensive, but an in-office treatment from Dr. Parikh will provide you with a secure, supervised process.
Whitening systems work best on natural teeth, but the effects aren’t permanent. Naturally, exposing your teeth to certain foods and beverages will gradually reverse the effects of whitening. Beverages that are notorious for staining teeth include:
Tobacco products also stain your teeth. Incessant use can fade whitening effects in as little as one month, but avoiding food and drinks that are prone to staining can sustain whiteness for a year or more. You can also protect the effects of teeth bleaching through:
Individuals in certain situations are not recommended to undergo teeth whitening, including:
Contact Bristles Family Dentistry with any questions or concerns you may have about professional teeth whitening procedures.
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