Even people who take care of their smiles often have discolored or stained teeth. This can be due to a number of factors, including the natural process of aging, consumption of wine or coffee, and/or the use of tobacco products. At The Art of Dentistry, we offer a take-home whitening (bleaching) treatment, as well as in-office teeth whitening procedures to help you achieve that bright smile you have always wanted.
Over-the-Counter vs. Professional Teeth Whitening
While both over-the-counter and professional whitening treatments can effectively brighten dull or stained teeth, the results are not necessarily equivalent. In-office treatments are typically more time efficient and can dramatically whiten teeth in a single day. The at-home whitening kits offered at The Art of Dentistry utilize custom-made trays for complete coverage as well as professional-grade bleaching formulas to achieve lighter, more vibrant shades. In addition, the results of our at-home whitening kits are monitored by our dentist, allowing you to customize and control your desired degree of whiteness. Compared to over-the-counter alternatives, professional whitening may also be better suited to treat deep-set stains.
At-Home Teeth Whitening
Our at-home whitening system is a convenient treatment that involves the use of custom-made trays and highly concentrated whitening gel. During your office visit, our cosmetic dentist, Dr. Robin Rutherford, will take a mold of your teeth to create a set of comfortable, custom-fitted trays. Depending upon your needs, you can wear the trays throughout the night or for just a few hours a day. If you have extremely sensitive teeth, you may even choose to use the trays every two or three days. The results of at-home teeth whitening typically become noticeable within a week or two. Since at-home teeth whitening gradually brightens the shade of the teeth, you can also have more control over the level of brightness. If this whitening approach is not sufficient, porcelain veneers or crowns can give you the smile you seek.
Zoom® In-Office Teeth Whitening
For patients who would like to whiten their teeth with immediate results, Dr. Rutherford offers in-office teeth whitening that can help to meet your needs. During the Zoom® teeth whitening procedure, a special gel will be applied to the surface of your teeth. Then, a low-intensity light will be held over your teeth to allow oxygen into the dentin and enamel, ultimately creating a bleaching effect.
The Zoom® teeth whitening procedure typically lasts about one hour here at our practice, and is known for its ability to lighten the teeth by several shades. Although Zoom® in-office teeth whitening procedures offer immediate results, patients can often achieve the best possible outcome by continuing the whitening process with the take-home kit. The combination of in-office and at-home treatments can have an even more significant effect on the look of your teeth for a brighter, whiter smile!
What Is the Best Teeth Whitening Option for Me?
During the initial consultation, Dr. Rutherford will perform an oral exam and discuss your cosmetic goals. Factors that will determine which teeth whitening option is best for you will include the degree of staining, your desired shade of white, and how quickly you want to achieve your results. At the end of the consultation, you will be able to make an educated decision about which whitening option to choose.
How Long Does Teeth Whitening Last?
Although teeth whitening cannot provide permanent results, Dr. Rutherford can offer several recommendations for preserving your results after you have achieved your ideal shade of white. Good oral hygiene will help fight surface stains on a daily basis. Since your diet can significantly impact how long your teeth whitening results will last, minimizing the consumption of food and drinks such as berries, tomato sauce, coffee, tea, red wine, and soda can reduce staining and discoloration. In addition, Dr. Rutherford recommends you avoid tobacco products to keep your teeth looking bright. Since some degree of staining is inevitable over time, many of our patients opt for a “touch-up” treatment at six-month intervals to keep their smiles looking vibrant.
How Much Does Teeth Whitening Cost?
The price of your teeth whitening will depend on the method you select. Dr. Rutherford will help you choose between at-home custom-made trays or Zoom!® in-office treatment, based on which option can best meet your expectations. On average, professional teeth whitening with the Zoom®! bleaching system costs $499 at our practice, while our take-home whitening typically costs $370. At the end of your initial consultation, Dr. Rutherford can give you a price quote for your treatment. Some of our patients take advantage of our dental financing options, which can offer low monthly installment plans.
Contact Dr. Robin Rutherford For Your Teeth Whitening Needs
If you would like more information on our at-home and in-office teeth whitening treatments, please contact The Art of Dentistry today.