Everyone covets a brilliant, clean, white smile, and many go to great lengths to achieve one. Many cosmetic dentistry procedures can be quite costly. However, professional teeth whitening treatments are one of the most affordable cosmetic dentistry procedures.
If you have a healthy dentition and desire a more attractive, bright smile, our dental experts at Ramona Main Street Dental are here to help you. We offer both in-office teeth whitening as well as professional-grade take-home treatments that can be applied on your own.
When you visit us at Ramona Main Street Dental, you’ll be greeted by our friendly front desk staff who will check you in. In the back, you’ll first start with a cleaning. Even if you’ve brushed your teeth, professional cleaning is necessary to prepare your teeth for the whitening treatment.
Your dental hygienist will thoroughly prepare your teeth by scraping away any buildup, food residue, and bacteria that’s been left behind. Further preparation involves applying a barrier substance to your gums that will protect this sensitive area from the bleach.
A retractor will be used to hold your cheeks and lips away from your teeth during treatment; it’s a plastic device that sits in your lips to provide unblocked access to your teeth.
Once the retractor is in place, the bleach, a hydrogen peroxide gel, is carefully applied to your teeth. This will need to sit for about an hour before being removed. Once the hydrogen peroxide gel is taken off, the whitening results are immediately obvious.
At-home teeth whitening treatments will still require an office visit. During your appointment, a custom mold of your teeth will be taken to construct two trays for your upper and lower teeth. These trays will hold the whitening gel while you treat yourself in the privacy of your own home.
Like the in-office teeth whitening treatment, your at-home trays will also need to be left on your teeth for approximately one hour at home to achieve the best results. We like to follow up with our patients in the office to track their results and ensure they’ve reached their desired look.
If you’re not sure which option is best for you, get in touch with us at Ramona Main Street Dental.