Teeth whitening is a common cosmetic dental procedure that is simple, effective, and easy-to-do. Whether you are seeking in-office bleaching or an at-home solution, Lifetime Dental Health can help you get that brilliant smile you have been seeking. And summertime is a great time to show off a fresh smile, as you are out and about under the sun. Your smile will be just as bright!
Whiter teeth leads to an increase in confidence, boosting one’s self-image and raising self-esteem. When teeth are stained or discolored, people tend to hold back, limiting their interactions and socialization and overall expressiveness. That’s no way to live, and you can do something about it – effectively and affordably at Lifetime Dental Health.
Now is the time to improve your appearance with a dazzling smile that shows everyone who you truly are. Confidence comes from within, but the added touch does wonders. You will tend to smile more, engage in close-up conversations, and pose for more photos. The difference will wow your friends, family, and co-workers. They’ll want a brighter smile too!
What Causes My Teeth To Become Stained And Discolored?
There are a number of factors that may contribute to a dull or lackluster smile. Foods and drinks which can cause staining and discoloring of teeth include dark berries, chocolate, tomato-based sauces, wine, coffee, tea, and cola. Certain medications can cause discolored teeth as well. Tobacco use is unhealthy for many reasons, not to mention how it will stain your teeth. Age and poor dental hygiene play a role as well.
Is Teeth Whitening Uncomfortable Or Painful?
For those with extremely sensitive teeth, the process of whitening can be somewhat uncomfortable, but most people feel no pain or have any problems with the whitening process, be it in-office whitening or an at-home DIY tray treatment.
How Long Will The Whitening Last?
The improvements last a while, from many months to a few years. This all depends on the patient, how stained their teeth were to begin with, and how well they maintain their treatment. This means practicing daily healthy dental habits and avoiding foods and drinks that can potentially stain. You can always have your teeth re-whitened when the results wear off, and we can schedule a touch-up when necessary. Results won’t last forever, but you may find that your teeth do remain whiter than when you first got treated.
Understand that the cause of the staining is a factor in how white we can get them and how long the whitening will last. Food/drink stains that make the teeth appear yellow, orange, or brownish tend to whiten up more effectively than grayish discoloration caused by tobacco use or certain medications. While we can get the teeth considerably whiter, the results may not be as white as those who’ve been treated for food/drink related stains.
Are The Results Better With In-Office Whitening Vs. At-Home Options?
You can achieve similar results with in-office or at-home whitening. For those who prefer to whiten themselves at home, we will supervise your care, supplying you with specially fitted trays you can wear day or night, even while you are soundly sleeping. You will wear the thin trays for a span of time we decide will best suit your individual needs. Some are used for about 2 weeks while others need to be worn longer. We will discuss your options and select the method that best fits your priorities. In-office whitening can be completed faster, but both methods yield impressive, noticeable results.
Am I A Good Candidate For Teeth Whitening?
When you come in for your teeth whitening consultation, we can determine if whitening is for you. Most people are good candidates and will respond well to the whitening treatment. Those who suffer from eroded enamel, periodontal (gum) disease, or have super sensitive teeth may not be ideal candidates for whitening. Just like any other dental procedure, we will address these issues, the pros and cons, and decide upon a smart solution for you.
Are You Ready For Your Summer Smile?
If you have any questions or concerns about teeth whitening or would like to schedule an appointment, please call our dental office at 614-321-1887. We are open Monday – Friday, and we are conveniently located in Columbus, Ohio.
We look forward to seeing you soon and getting you on your way to a whiter, brighter smile. Say “Cheese!” Just don’t drink any wine with it!