Teeth Whitening: In the Office or At Home?

White Smile CloseAre you self-conscious about your smile because of deep stains? Dull and yellowing teeth are caused by a number of contributing factors. Fortunately, professional teeth whitening is a viable option available for brightening your stained teeth significantly. Des Moines dentist, Dr. Stephen J. Burds explains how cosmetic dentistry can help you achieve a youthful and vibrant smile.

Whitening at Home

Almost every corner drugstore or supermarket offers various at-home teeth whitening kits. Unfortunately, pharmacies cannot offer professional level bleaching the way Dr. Burds can. With professional at home whitening kits, you can brighten your smile gradually, in the comfort of your own home. Unlike whitening kits available in stores, our professional system offers custom-fitted trays to be used in conjunction with potent whitening gel. Generally, optimal results are achieved within a couple weeks to a month. Some tooth sensitivity may be experienced, but it will subside.

One-Visit Teeth Whitening

Whether you are up for a promotion, have a huge family reunion coming up, you’re getting married, or you’ve just had enough of your stained teeth and you want a change now, fast bleaching in the dentist office is a solution. You’ll see dramatic results in a single visit. In fact, once the dental grade bleaching gel is applied to your teeth and your smile is exposed to laser light, you can expect brightening of up to 10 shades in as little as an hour. One-visit teeth whitening helps people achieve fast results because of the 38% hydrogen peroxide content combined with the light activation. All deep external stains should become lightened with this procedure. We’ll just need to make sure that you have healthy teeth and gums first. Even though the bleach is safe for your teeth in moderation, it should not be applied to areas of infection.

Visit your Des Moines Cosmetic Dentist

If you’re considering whitening your teeth at home or during an office visit, Dr. Burds can help. At Gateway Dental Group of Des Moines, we provide comprehensive restorative and cosmetic dental care. To schedule your dental checkup or consultation, contact our 50309 dental office at (515) 344-4131. We welcome patients from River Bend, Kirkwood Glen, East Village, and neighboring communities.