Having a beautiful smile may be easier than you think. Many people achieve the look they’ve been dreaming of with our simple whitening procedures.
What are my options?
If you prefer teeth that are immediately whiter right now, Dr. Stante has an answer for you! Our In-Office Whitening System uses proprietary technology to whiten your teeth an average of four shades* in about an hour while you relax in our heated massage chair listening you your favorite music on our Bose headsets. It’s ideal for anyone who wants immediate results.
Our Take-Home Whitening System uses a revolutionary gel to whiten your teeth an average of six shades in one to two weeks. And you may go even lighter with additional applications. Custom impressions of your teeth are taken to make a specialized “tray” to hold the bleach against the teeth. The material is used each day for about 1-2 hours for a week or two, and at the end of this time, significant whitening will occur. In some cases, the change is nothing short of brilliant. For confidence in appearance, bleaching technology allows us to promise improvements in yellowing, aging or stained teeth. For very severely stained teeth, crowns or veneers may be more appropriate. We recommend the best of both – A combination of In-office and Take home!
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There are many causes. The most common include aging and consumption of staining substances such as coffee, tea or tobacco. During tooth formation, consumption of tetracycline, certain antibiotics.
Who may benefit from tooth whitening?
Just about anyone can benefit from tooth whitening. However, treatment may not be as effective for some as it is for others. There are many causes for discolored teeth. The most common include aging and consumption of staining substances such as coffee, tea, red wine or tobacco. Some people are born with discolored permanent adult teeth. During tooth formation, consumption of certain tetracycline antibiotics be the cause. Upon an oral exam, Dr. Stante can determine if you are a candidate for this procedure, including a shade assessment.
Is tooth whitening safe?
Yes, research and clinical studies indicate that whitening teeth under the supervision of a dentist is safe. In fact, many dentists consider whitening the safest cosmetic dental procedure available. As with any tooth whitening product, professional teeth whitening is not recommended for children under 13 years of age and pregnant or lactating women.
How long do results last?
By following some simple post whitening care instructions, your teeth will always be lighter than they were before. We recommend flossing, brushing twice daily with Whitening Toothpaste, and touch-ups with take-home gel. These are professional formula products designed specifically to keep your teeth their brightest. They are available through our office.
Is there any difference between over-the-counter tooth whiteners and Office supervised?
Yes! Consulting Dr. Stante is always the first step to whitening your teeth safely. 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. Over-the-counter tooth whitening strips, brush-on gels and toothpastes take weeks or months to whiten your teeth just a few shades.
Are there any side effects?
Some people experience temporary increased tooth sensitivity to cold during treatment. These symptoms disappear within 1-3 days after interruption or completion of the treatment. If sensitivity does not subside ask us about Prevident. It is our take home prescription strength fluoride gel to eliminate tooth sensitivity.