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3 Options for Whitening Your Teeth

June 10, 2024
3 Options for Whitening Your Teeth

Teeth can get stained very easily from poor oral hygiene, certain foods and beverages, certain medications, and even age. This means keeping your teeth any shade of white can be a challenge. 

Because of this, many turn to the weak results of over-the-counter teeth whitening products when they should be reaching out to their dentist. 

Want successful teeth whitening? This article explores three options for whitening your teeth that will give you successful and long-lasting results. 

1. Professional Teeth Whitening

Professional teeth whitening treatments can remove stains and leave your teeth several shades lighter.

In-office bleaching uses carbamide peroxide that is applied to the teeth and a specialized light is used to put it into action. Your dentist will place a protective gel or rubber shield over your gums to protect the soft tissue. Within about an hour you will have noticeable results. 

Professional teeth whitening treatments can be done at home, too. These are treatments that you purchase directly from your dentist (not the drug store). An impression of the teeth will be taken by your dental team to create a customized mouth guard. This will hold the whitening gel with carbamide peroxide directly against the teeth so that you get the most thorough, even results. 

Keep in mind that at-home professional teeth whitening does take a bit longer. The mouthguard may need to be worn for a couple of hours a day or all night — and this may continue for up to four weeks or longer. 

You can expect professional teeth whitening treatments to yield greater results than those purchased over the counter. They often have a higher concentration of bleaching agents and are meant to be used under the direction of a professional. 

2. Cosmetic Bonding

Sometimes stains and discolorations are too tough for bleaching agents to remove and more permanent options are needed. Cosmetic bonding is often used to repair cracked or chipped teeth, but it can be used to cover the tooth and hide the blemish, too. 

Light etching is done on the tooth’s enamel and a liquid bonding agent is placed. This secures the resin that will be applied and sculpted to look just like your tooth — but white! It can often be done in one visit. 

Your dentist will ensure that the resin matches and blends well with your other teeth.

3. Dental Veneers

Dental veneers are another great option for teeth whitening. They are thin shells that cover the front of a tooth, completely hiding any blemish or discoloration.  

In addition to making teeth look brighter and whiter, dental veneers can also fill gaps between the teeth, correct slight misalignments, change the size and shape of the tooth, restore a chipped tooth, and more. 

If you have a tooth or teeth that will not respond to traditional teeth whitening, talk to your dentist about dental veneers. 

Frequently Asked Questions about Teeth Whitening 

Is teeth whitening bad for your teeth? 

Professional teeth whitening done under the supervision of a dentist is safe for your teeth. It may cause some sensitivity, but this will dissipate quickly. 

How long does cosmetic bonding last?

Cosmetic bonding typically lasts about 5 to 10 years before needing to be replaced or touched up. However, with excellent care, it has been known to last upwards of 15 years. 

Teeth Whitening at El Paso Family Dental

At El Paso Family Dental we offer many different solutions to whiten your teeth and enhance the overall appearance of your smile. If you are ready to give your smile a boost, we are here for you. 

Contact us today at 915-585-2020. Or, request an appointment online. 

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