By James P. Watts, DMD
May 31, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  

Want to get a whiter smile quickly? Then it’s time to consider in-office whitening.

Have you gone through your Facebook photos lately and noticed that your smile isn’t quite as white as it once was? If so, you'll be glad to hear that our Mystic, CT, cosmetic dentist, Dr. James Watts, can help you turn that smile around with professional teeth whitening Teeth Whiteningtreatment!

How do stains develop on teeth?

Tooth enamel is porous, which means that every time you drink coffee or black tea, eat certain dark foods, or smoke, you are exposing your teeth to elements that could increase your chances of developing stains. Of course, even just the simple act of getting older can impact the vibrancy of your smile.

I’m dealing with dental stains. How can professional teeth whitening help?

Before undergoing teeth whitening treatment, you will first need to visit our Mystic, CT, dentist to make sure that your teeth are healthy enough for cosmetic dentistry. During this time, we will also ask about your treatment goals in order to make sure that teeth whitening is the best option for you. After your consultation, we can discuss which of the following approaches is right for your situation.

In-office treatment

In-office teeth whitening can easily get teeth several shades whiter in often just one whitening session. When you come into our office for treatment, the process will take about one hour. After applying a protective material over the gums and lips, we will then paint the bleaching gel over the teeth. The gel contains a high percentage of peroxide, which is effective at breaking down stubborn stain molecules lying within the enamel and even dentin layers of the tooth.

Sometimes a dental laser is directed over the teeth to stimulate the whitening gel and to speed up the process. Once the whitening gel is rinsed off, you’ll be able to see instantly brighter results. Depending on the severity of your stains, you may be able to achieve the optimal results in just one session!

At-home treatment

If you aren’t in a rush to get a brighter smile and you are a bit more budget-conscious, then at-home whitening might be the way to go. If you have tried using commercial whitening products in the past only to be left with lackluster results, rest assured that our professional at-home whitening system is a bit different.

With our at-home whitening system, we will provide you with custom-fitted teeth whitening trays that are much more effective than over-the-counter products. The whitening gel we provide also contains a higher percentage of peroxide, which also means that you won’t have to wear the whitening trays as long as you would with OTC treatments.

Give us a call!

Are you interested in getting professional teeth whitening or cosmetic dentistry in Mystic, CT? If so, let our dental team help you get the beautiful results you’ve been looking for! Call us today at (860) 536-6446 to schedule your consultation.