About Teeth Whitening

October 24, 2016 - 3 minutes read

Of all types of cosmetic dentistry, whitening is one of the most common. Almost everyone eventually experiences a loss of that bright, white color that is so desirable in a healthy smile. Even though we know that coffee, wine, smoking, and other lifestyle factors can affect our teeth’s color, it can seem impossible to cut out every single thing that stains or mars our enamel. Fortunately, modern treatments offer you options for teeth whitening in Turlock.

At-Home Whitening

You may not realize it, but not all tooth whitening treatments have to take place in the dentist’s office. We can fit you for custom trays which you take home, applying the bleach yourself. This option provides lasting results, and gets into all of the nooks and crannies that over-the-counter products can miss. Doing your professional teeth whitening at home offers a lower-cost alternative to in-office procedures.

In-Office Bleaching

The main advantage to having your cosmetic dentist in Turlock perform professional tooth whitening is that it provides fast results. In-office tooth bleaching is more expensive than take-home treatments, and may cause sensitivity in some people. If you’re looking for a quick solution, however, this can be a great choice.

White Strips

While these over-the-counter products can help brighten your teeth up by a few shades, they are not fitted to your specific teeth, therefore they tend to miss some areas in between. They are also not able to penetrate deep into the tooth’s surface the way professional whitening treatments do.

Who Is a Candidate for Teeth Whitening?

Most people can achieve very pleasing results through these treatments. However, if you have had some types of cosmetic dentistry work such as veneers, bonding, or crowns, tooth bleaching will not work well.

If you’re due to have dental work done, you should bleach first, then wait at least a week before having your dentist in Turlock do the other needed procedures. For those with a history of sensitive teeth, we recommend using a product designed for this condition before going forward with any treatments designed to whiten your teeth.

Contact Eggleston Dental Care in Turlock for Information

We understand that you want the best treatment possible for your personal situation. We’re happy to help you determine which whitening treatment is best for you. Contact us at 209-634-9582 and get started on your journey to a whiter, brighter smile.