Even if your teeth only have a slightly yellow tinge, your smile may be aging you and negatively impacting your self-esteem. The good news is that stubborn stains don’t have to be a permanent fixture of your smile from this point forward. On the contrary, our Plano cosmetic dentists can reveal a bright, beautiful smile with in-office and take-home teeth whitening treatments! If you’re interested in this cosmetic dental service, then contact our team to schedule a consultation or keep reading to learn more.
Candidates for teeth whitening are often patients who are unhappy with stubborn stains that have surfaced from frequent coffee consumption, certain medications, genetics, or the natural aging process. Of course, the best way to determine if this smile-enhancing treatment is right for you is by scheduling a consultation with us. That way, we can pinpoint the cause of your discoloration, assess your oral health, and learn about your smile goals.
At Legacy Trails Dental of Plano, we offer our patients two treatments: in-office teeth whitening with Boost or take-home whitening kits with Opalescence. Here’s a little bit more information about each:
Naturally, you might be wondering how our take-home whitening treatments differ from store-bought options. In addition to the initial exam, our Opalescence kits are custom-made and designed just for you. Plus, the powerful (but safe) whitening gels are reliable and deliver beautiful results, which you will see in two weeks or less.
In-office teeth whitening treatments are equally as effective, but they deliver noticeable results in a single appointment. That’s why patients who have a wedding or another important event coming up love this option! We will take care of applying the gel and monitoring the whitening process to ensure you leave our office with the bright, beautiful smile you deserve.
To prevent stains from resurfacing, we recommend:
If your confidence has been negatively affected by a yellow tinge surfacing on your teeth, then schedule a consultation with our Plano cosmetic dentists. That way, we can determine the best way to brighten your smile, like with our in-office teeth whitening treatments!
So far, we’ve covered quite a bit about professional teeth whitening – from who is a candidate to the types of brightening treatments we offer. If you’re ready to schedule a consultation, then all you need to do is get in touch with our Plano dental team; we’ll help you from there. If, however, you still have a few questions on your mind, then this next section is for you! Below, we’ve answered a few FAQs about teeth whitening.
If you overuse teeth whitening products, then you will experience uncomfortable sensitivity. That’s one of the many benefits of choosing to brighten your teeth professionally: your cosmetic dentist will oversee your treatment to ensure that your teeth and gums are protected every step of the way. Plus, if you’ve struggled with uncomfortable sensitivity in the past, they can tailor your treatment plan to help prevent that from happening, like spacing out your appointments or giving you a desensitizing toothpaste to use in the meantime!
Although we won’t be able to list all of the differences here, we can certainly touch on some of the most notable ones. First, store-bought teeth whitening products don’t consider your unique smile, like the cause of your discoloration and any existing dental work. Second, the over-the-counter kits have one-size-fits-all applicators and diluted whitening agents, meaning they can maybe lighten your teeth by a shade or two. If you want to learn more about the benefits of investing in professional teeth whitening, don’t hesitate to ask – we’d be happy to provide you with more information at your consultation!
Since every smile is unique, it really depends! For example, if you have more severe discoloration, then we may recommend several in-office whitening treatments, which can take a few months to complete. If, on the other hand, the stains are relatively minor and you want to address them from the comfort of your own home, you’ll see a noticeable difference in a week or two. If you want to transform your smile before a special event, like a wedding, then we strongly recommend scheduling a consultation sooner rather than later so we have plenty of time to get you the results you desire.
Sadly, the results of your teeth whitening treatment won’t last forever. Typically, they last for 3-6 months, but it really depends on how well you care for your smile. Best practices like brushing after each meal, visiting us every six months for a checkup and cleaning, and using a straw when drinking dark-colored beverages will go a long way in keeping your smile nice and bright! We also recommend steering clear of unhealthy habits, like smoking, and visiting us as needed for touch-up whitening treatments.