Tooth whitening is a relatively safe, easy and inexpensive way to improve your smile. There are basically three ways to whiten your teeth. The first is an in-office procedure that takes roughly an hour. The second is a take-home procedure that takes roughly two weeks. The third is an over the counter product that can be purchased at many retailers. There are advantages and disadvantages with each option.
In the In-Office option, your teeth will be whiter before you leave the dental office. The advantage here is that you get immediate results. The disadvantage is that tooth sensitivity is a common problem. I've stopped offering this option years ago for this reason.
|A custom tray for Take-Home Whitening|
Although teeth whitening is a relatively safe procedure, consult with your dentist immediately if any problems arise. Irreversible damage is possible. Also, I must mention that "whitening addiction" is a serious concern. Do not whiten frequently or for extensive periods.
Some stains are not amenable to whitening. There are basically two types. Those that are on the surface of the teeth (extrinsic), and those that are deep within the teeth (intrinsic). There are other options if you have stains that cannot be readily removed with whitening gels. Your dentist or hygienist can give you guidance.
Dr. Cisneros maintains a practice in Freeburg and Columbia, IL. Both are in the Greater St Louis, MO area. For more information on a wide variety of subjects, please visit www.advanced-smiles.com.