River Ridge Dental | Cedar Rapids IA
Having a beautiful smile may be even easier than you think. Many people achieve the look they’ve been dreaming of with our simple “whitening” procedure.
What are the details of teeth whitening?
It’s safe, quick, and inexpensive. Just let us know at any appointment if you would like to whiten your teeth. You can lighten only your upper teeth or both the upper and lower, depending on how much you show when you talk and smile.
Dental whitening can be used to correct tooth discoloration. Discolorations can be caused by staining, aging, or chemical damage to teeth. Using the latest in whitening technology, we can offer a safe method for creating a beautiful “brilliant” smile. In cases of extreme tooth discoloration, bonding, crowns or veneers may be the only choice. Because of the low cost of whitening treatments, teeth whitening is nearly always worth a solid try.
How is teeth whitening done?
We have seen excellent results and have satisfied clients who use Crest Advanced Seal Whitening Strips and Opalescence to Go. These are both products you purchase at River Ridge and use at home. Usually, the whitening products are used for 10-14 days for 30-60 minutes each day. This system is inexpensive and simple to use.
Another form of whitening is the Opalesence tray system. When the decision is made to use this system, impressions are taken and clear, flexible trays are custom made for you. Opalescence gel is used in the trays over your teeth for 30 – 60 minutes daily.
With both techniques patient compliance is the key. It is important to be consistent to get ultimate results.
Considerations for Teeth Whitening
Over-the-counter bleaching agents are available for purchase at drug stores and pharmacies. However, since these products can cause harm to the gums and teeth, it’s better to use products that our practice recommends.