Years of consuming coffee, tea, soda, juices and other items can gradually cause white teeth to discolor. At Oyster Point Dentistry we fabricate custom tooth whitening trays and provide professional strength gel to brighten your smile.
There are many different types of whiteners and the strength of the ingredients can also differ significantly. "Paint on" whiteners, whitening strips and whitening gels are commonly used products. Whiteners available in drug stores may be lower strength versions and may be appropriate for some people. Your dental professional can help you decide what is right for you.
Many people see an improvement after just a few days of tooth whitening. The treatment plan and strength of whitening gel provided by your dental professional is based on the condition of your teeth when you begin. The goal is to provide the fastest results possible.
No whitening treatment can whiten tooth colored fillings, crowned (capped) or veneered teeth. This is one more reason to seek the advice o f a professional before using any whitening product. As part of your treatment plan, your dentist will advise you on esthetic options to ensure an overall beautiful smile.
Your teeth are as individual and unique as you are and, therefore, your actual results may vary. However, in general, whitening results can and do last up to 2 years assuming good hygiene and reasonable exposure to staining foods or beverages. With periodic touch-up applications and regular dental hygiene visits, your whiter, brighter smile will last indefinitely.