Teeth WhiteningLubbock, TX
If you are interested in a whiter, brighter smile, then teeth whitening may be the solution for you. With our teeth whitening, we can provide the customized treatment you need to achieve the shade of teeth you desire. Teeth whitening can involve at-home kits or professional in-office services that apply a peroxide-based solution to bleach stains on the teeth for a whiter appearance.
Teeth whitening is available at BlueSky Orthodontics in Lubbock and the surrounding area. Before using any whitening kit, you should have a consultation so we can determine whether you are a good candidate for the treatment. Dr. Derid S. Ure, DDS, MSD will thoroughly explain the teeth whitening options and help develop a treatment plan.
When a brighter and whiter smile is your aesthetic goal, call us today at 806-318-9012 to schedule an appointment.
Explore Your Options for a Brighter Smile
While home whitening kits and in-office whitening are similar, professional whitening solution has a much higher peroxide concentration. As a result, many patients have faster, more noticeable outcomes with whitening at the office. With both processes, the peroxide solution is applied directly to the teeth for a specified length of time.
Experience the Whitening Process
At the office, we may apply the peroxide solution to your teeth. We may also consider using a combination of light and heat to intensify the results of the process. Each session lasts about 30 to 60 minutes. Depending on your goals and the extent of discoloration, multiple sessions may be necessary. Some practices offer supervised bleaching, in which clients take the solution home and apply it to the teeth per the dentist's instructions, then return for a follow-up visit.
Home teeth whitening solutions come in several forms, such as strips, gels, and trays containing peroxide formula. Generally, the patient will use this product overnight. The patient can commonly apply the gel form once or twice a day for up to two weeks, while the trays are designed to be used for several hours at a time for up to four months. Be sure to read the directions carefully and see us first if you opt for home whitening.
"In-office whitening tends to have more intense, longer-lasting results than home bleaching kits."
Maintain Results With Aftercare
Although results vary by individual, many of our clients notice that teeth are between three and eight shades lighter after several in-office sessions. Good dental hygiene, including brushing, rinsing, and flossing, can help your white teeth last longer and prevent future darkening. Avoid smoking and drinking beverages that stain. If you do not keep up with daily care and continue habits that may darken enamel, you may notice discoloration within about a month of your initial treatment.
If you live in Lubbock and want to achieve a whiter smile, call 806-318-9012 and reach the team at BlueSky Orthodontics today to schedule an appointment. Dr. Derid S. Ure, DDS, MSD looks forward to helping you find the best whitening option for your needs.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will I experience side effects from teeth whitening?
Home whitening kits may cause sensitivity, which usually goes away after a few hours. If your teeth are already sensitive, these kits may be uncomfortable to use. Seeing a dentist before going the DIY route will ensure that the home whitening method is safe for you.
How long do teeth whitening results last?
If you follow the hygiene advice described above, your results could last 12 months or longer. Many patients need a touch-up after several months. In-office whitening tends to have more intense, longer-lasting results than home bleaching kits.
Is teeth whitening safe for everyone?
Professionals do not recommend these treatments for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Children younger than 16 should not use these kits and will need to verify it is safe with us during a consultation. If you are allergic to peroxide, you should not have your teeth whitened.
What should I do to prepare for teeth whitening?
The peroxide formula can worsen existing oral health issues such as cavities and gum disease. You should have these problems corrected before whitening your teeth. Keep in mind that these products will not whiten fillings, crowns, veneers, and other forms of dental restoration.
Will teeth whitening work for very dark teeth?
This procedure is most useful to correct yellowing. Individuals who have brown or gray discoloration can seek a different procedure to obtain a whiter smile. Options may include veneers, bonding, or crowns.
Why do teeth become stained?
Teeth whitening is a popular procedure because many people experience discoloration of tooth enamel over time. Tannin, a substance in certain foods and beverages, is known to cause yellowing. Smoking and certain medications can also stain the teeth.
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