Modern Teeth Whitening Procedures

Teeth WhiteningYou can improve your smile with teeth whitening.  This is the fastest, easiest, and most cost effective way to transform your smile and your appearance.  Your smile is often the first thing that people see when they look at you.  A hidden smile makes you look insecure or shy.  A bright, bold smile conveys confidence and enthusiasm.  If you have been hiding your smile due to yellow teeth and stains, it is time to schedule an appointment and restore your self-confidence.

Dr. Chau has several ways to whiten your teeth.  She can use in-office and at-home procedures to turn a dull and yellow smile into something spectacular.  Fortunately, new technology has made the process faster and more convenient than ever before.

There are two main types of professional teeth whitening procedures – teeth whitening trays and in-office treatments using laser or LED technology.  Many patients find benefits to using both by having their teeth whitened in the office first and using at-home treatments for ongoing maintenance.

Teeth Whitening Trays

You can purchase them over the counter at your local drug store, but they tend to not fit well, leak solution into your mouth, and aren’t as strong as the professional ones.  When Dr. Chau and her staff make teeth whitening trays for patients they are a custom design that is created after taking a mold of the patients mouth.  This means that when you take them home and wear them, there will be no leakage and the fit will be comfortable. The solution that Dr. Chau gives you is stronger than what you can buy in the store and will have more dramatic results.  These trays are a fantastic way to keep your smile bright in between office visits.

In-Office Teeth Whitening

Treatments that take place at the dentists’ office will produce results faster.  A bleaching solution is placed onto the teeth, and modern laser, or LED technology activates it in order to create dramatic results, faster.  This is ideal for patients that have an upcoming event like a graduation, wedding, or family photos and need to see immediate results.  We also recommend this treatment for people that are undergoing a cosmetic dentistry procedure like having veneers placed or dental implants installed.  By whitening teeth first, the new synthetic teeth will be created in a brighter shade so that all of your teeth are white and beautiful.

Once your teeth are the shade of white that you want it is important to keep them up by avoiding foods and drinks that stain. Try cutting out coffee, tea, wine, soda, and candy made with food coloring from your diet.  If you are unable to completely stop, substitute these beverages with water whenever possible and brush your teeth after drinking your morning cup of coffee.  If you brush immediately after eating and drinking, you will reduce the amount of stains that form on your teeth. You should also stop smoking if you are currently doing so.  Finally, it is important to have your teeth cleaned at least twice a year so that bacteria, plaque, and stains can be removed.