Foods, beverages, and the aging process can lead to staining and discoloration. If your smile has lost its luster, a take-home teeth whitening kit can brighten your teeth up to eight shades. At our Washington, D.C. dental practice, Dr. Neil L. Starr offers this teeth whitening option as a courtesy to our patients. There is no need to disrupt your busy schedule. You can achieve a dramatically brighter smile in the comfort of your own home.
When is Teeth Whitening Appropriate?
First of all, it is important to note that teeth whitening is a purely cosmetic procedure. Like all aesthetic treatments, patients should have healthy teeth and gums, and should be free from tooth decay and gums disease. Secondly, it is helpful to know which types of dental stains respond to teeth whitening. Intrinsic stains affect the innermost layers of a tooth, and are often the result of trauma, medications, or genetic conditions. Intrinsic discoloration does not typically respond to teeth whitening. If you have this type of staining, you may need to consider alternative options such as veneers. On the other hand, extrinsic stains affect the outer layers of the teeth, and are most often caused by the consumption of dark-colored foods and beverages. Fortunately, extrinsic stains respond exceptionally well to teeth whitening.
Why Choose Take-Home Teeth Whitening Kits?
While in-office teeth whitening is effective, it requires an appointment at the dental office. Many of our patients want to achieve professional results at their house, on their own time. Take-home teeth whitening kits are a convenient and efficient way to achieve the smile you want without interrupting your everyday life.
Professional Teeth Whitening vs. Store-Bought Products
These days, there are countless over-the-counter options for teeth whitening, including toothpastes, rinses, bleaching strips, and more. While these products can be effective, they can also be harmful, as they can be too abrasive and damage the tooth enamel.
Dentist-supervised teeth whitening is much safer and more effective when compared to store-bought versions. Our take-home kits also work faster than most over-the-counter options and the results are more consistent and predictable.
How Does Take-Home Teeth Whitening Work?
Teeth whitening at our practice is simple. To get started, we will fabricate a set of custom bleaching trays for you. These will fit snugly over your teeth and will keep the whitening gel in place while it is working. Dr. Starr offers several different options when it comes to take-home teeth whitening kits.
During a consultation at our office, he will assess your dental needs and goals, and will recommend a whitening gel with an appropriate level of bleaching agents. To begin your session at home, you will simply place the whitening gel in the tray and insert it in your mouth for the specified length of time, which may vary depending on the type of gel you are using. Between one to two weeks, you will enjoy a brighter, more dazzling smile that everyone is sure to notice.
Brighten Your Appearance
If you are curious about professional teeth whitening options, schedule a consultation with Dr. Starr today. We can help you find a solution that will work best with your goals and lifestyle. Feel free to call us at (202) 293-7177 or contact us online anytime.