Do darkened or stained teeth keep you from feeling confident about your smile? You are not alone. Tooth discoloration is a common problem. However, it is also easily corrected with professional treatment. Dr. James Slaman offers both in-office and take-home teeth whitening in Albuquerque, NM, so that you can brighten your smile when it is convenient for you. Both treatments use whitening gel to break apart dental stains, and patients often see a dramatic difference. When you maintain your smile properly, the results can be very long-lasting.
After teeth whitening, your smile could be several shades lighter, giving you an overall younger, rejuvenated appearance.
Candidates for Teeth Whitening
If you have extrinsic dental stains, you may be a good candidate for teeth whitening. This type of discoloration is located on the surface of your teeth, and it is often the result of dark-colored foods and beverages. For example, coffee, red wine, and tomato sauce contain heavily pigmented molecules. With regular consumption, these molecules will cling to your teeth, and your smile will gradually take on a yellowish or brownish hue. Smoking, genetics, age, and many environmental factors can have a similar effect on your teeth.
Note that teeth whitening is not effective on intrinsic stains, located inside your teeth. This discoloration often appears because of certain medications, dental infection, or discolored fillings. If teeth whitening does not provide you with the results you desire, Dr. Slaman can discuss other cosmetic dentistry options, such as porcelain veneers, laser gum contouring, or dental bonding, with you.
Radiantly White Teeth
Dr. James Slaman offers Zoom!® teeth whitening treatments that do not include messy trays or strips. You can listen to music or watch a movie while the whitening system uses an advanced light to activate whitening gel on the teeth, resulting in a brighter smile in just one visit. Schedule regular visits with Dr. Slaman to maintain your newly brightened smile.
Your Whitening Options
Zoom!® in-office whitening is a popular choice because patients can enjoy their final results in about an hour. If you choose this method, we will cover your teeth in a peroxide-based whitening gel. A special blue light will activate the gel, setting off an oxidation reaction. Then oxygen molecules will break apart stained molecules on your teeth. Typically, we will leave the gel on your teeth for about 15 minutes. Then we will remove it and apply another layer. Three 15-minute rounds of whitening are usually sufficient.
Alternatively, you may select a take-home whitening kit. This method is convenient, and results are usually comparable to those of in-office treatment. Dr. Slaman will supply you with a set of whitening trays that are custom-made in our office to precisely fit your teeth. At home, you will fill the trays with professional-strength gel, similar to the kind used during our office treatment. You will wear the trays for a prescribed amount of time each day, depending on the strength of the gel, for up to 2 weeks. Just as in office treatment, the gel will break apart the chemical bonds between stains to brighten your teeth.
Results and Expectations
After teeth whitening, your smile could be several shades lighter, giving you an overall younger, rejuvenated appearance. Keep in mind that whitening will not prevent future stains from developing. However, proper care can extend the results of your treatment. First, you should practice good at-home and professional dental hygiene, including brushing, flossing, and trips to the dentist. In addition, you should enjoy stain-producing foods in moderation. Be sure to drink plenty of water with them, and brush your teeth when you are finished. Finally, you can perform regular touch-ups at home, or you can come in to our office for additional whitening. Dr. Slaman will advise you about how often you should repeat your treatments. With this level of care, your enhanced smile could last for many years.
Learn More about Teeth Whitening
Teeth whitening from your dentist is one of the fastest, easiest ways to perk up your smile. To find out which type of teeth whitening may be right for you, contact us to schedule an appointment.