Teeth whitening treatments can lighten or eliminate stains and discolorations on your teeth. Many over-the-counter teeth whitening treatments are available, but these bleaching agents are not as powerful as those used by dentists. Over-the-counter teeth whitening kits generally contain bleaching agents like hydrogen peroxide, which can help whiten your teeth. But, if your teeth are damaged by decay or infection, whitening treatment could worsen these conditions. This is why it’s important to visit your dentist before you begin a teeth whitening regimen.
Professional teeth whitening treatments can be performed in two different ways. One option involves the dentist or hygienist applying a bleaching agent directly to the surface of your teeth. For the other method, the dentist will design whitening trays based on molds of your teeth. The trays are filled with a bleaching agent and kept on the teeth for several minutes at a time. The whitening process is repeated until the teeth have reached the desired shade of white.
What are the different types of teeth whitening?
Teeth whitening can be performed either at home or in the dental office. We offer both in-office and at-home whitening options, so you can pick the one that best fits your needs.
In-office whitening is a fast, effective way to get your teeth several shades whiter in just a single visit. We apply the whitening solution directly to your teeth and use a special light or laser to speed up the whitening process. This treatment usually takes about an hour and can make your teeth up to eight shades whiter.
Laser Teeth Whitening
At the dental office of Alicia Abeyta, DDS FAGD, we do laser teeth whitening. Laser teeth whitening is a cosmetic procedure that uses a whitening gel and a laser to whiten teeth. The gel is applied directly to teeth, and a laser activates the gel, allowing it to break stains into smaller particles which are then brushed away. Laser teeth whitening usually takes around 30 minutes per application and is one of the fastest and most effective teeth whitening treatments available. Laser teeth whitening can provide results that are up to 10 shades lighter than the original color of your teeth.
What Does Laser Teeth Whitening Involve?
Your dentist will first clean your teeth, then dry them and apply protective gels or glues, depending on the treatment. The dentist will then apply the bleaching gel to your teeth and activate it by using a special light.
What are the benefits of laser teeth whitening?
Laser teeth whitening is the fastest, most effective, and safest way to whiten your teeth. It produces dramatic results in just a single visit. It also leaves you with teeth that are several shades whiter, making your smile look more natural and whiter.
Laser teeth whitening is considered safe, as it does not use any harsh substances or chemicals to whiten your teeth. Additionally, laser teeth whitening procedures use low levels of laser energy, which cannot damage your teeth and gums.
Is teeth whitening safe?
Not every type of teeth whitening treatment is safe. Although all types of whitening remove stains, some can be irritating to your teeth and gums. Hydrogen peroxide is the ingredient that whitens, but it can also be damaging to your enamel. Enamel is the outermost layer of your teeth and is the layer that protects the inner structures of your teeth. Covering the enamel with whitening agents can erode it, resulting in sensitivity and discolored teeth. Over-the-counter whitening kits and strips can wear down your enamel.
That’s why our dentist offers professional whitening. Professional whitening is safer for your smile and tailored to your smile’s needs. With professional whitening, you don’t have to worry about damaging your teeth. Professional whitening is more effective and its results last longer than over-the-counter whitening products.
How long does teeth whitening last?
Teeth whitening results can last several years if you take good care of your teeth. However, most people will want to touch up their teeth whitening results from time to time. You should brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time. Also floss every day, especially after eating. This helps remove plaque that can build up on your teeth and cause staining.
You can help your smile stay white by avoiding certain foods and drinks. Coffee, tea, soda, and red wine can stain your teeth, so it’s best to avoid them or drink them with a meal. If you love soda, sip your drink through a straw, so the liquid bypasses your teeth. Certain foods can even stain your teeth from the inside out. Red and white wine, berries, beets, and others can completely change the color of your teeth. It's best to avoid them altogether.
To find out more about the dental services offered by our dentists, Dr. Alicia Abeyta and Dr. Laura Snyder, call (505)-293-7611 or schedule an online consultation. You can also visit us at 4830 Juan Tabo Blvd. NE, Ste. K, Albuquerque, NM, 87111.