Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you, and if you have been feeling like your teeth are looking dull or yellowed, one of the easiest things you can do to dramatically improve the appearance of your teeth is to choose professional teeth whitening. At the dental practice of Dr. W. Paul Burns, DDS in El Dorado AR, we offer our patients options when it comes to tooth whitening so that they can choose the method that suits their needs and preferences best.
How teeth whitening works
Teeth can become stained due to a variety of causes, such as:
- Eating and drinking deeply pigmented foods and beverages like coffee, tea, berries, and wine
- Taking certain medications
Fortunately, patients have multiple ways to whiten teeth thanks to modern dental advances. With treatments in the office such as laser teeth whitening, patients can whiten and brighten their smile quickly. Both in-office and at-home tooth whitening use a whitening agent, such as a peroxide solution, that moves deep within the tubules in your enamel to lift stains and leave your teeth several shades whiter. With in-office treatments, the use of special lights or lasers can enhance the activity of the whitening agent for more rapid results.
Home tooth whitening
It can be tempting to purchase DIY teeth whitening products at your local grocery or drugstore if you plan to do your teeth whitening at home, but the safest way to whiten teeth is with the professional-grade materials from your dentist. For your at-home teeth whitening kit, we first create custom-made trays that are designed for a perfect, snug fit in your mouth – these are important because they help keep the whitening agent on your teeth so it can whiten effectively, while staying off of your soft tissues and gums, where it can cause irritation. You then bleach and polish your teeth at home with the professional-strength gel that we provide you to use with your trays. We will work with you to identify the best schedule for using your trays, considering factors such as your tooth sensitivity and how rapidly you are seeking results.
To learn more about in-office or at-home tooth whitening, call the dental practice of Dr. W. Paul Burns, DDS today at (870) 686-4232 to schedule your consultation for safe professional teeth whitening today.