At-Home Teeth Whitening – East Longmeadow, MA
Achieve a Bright Smile in Just Two Weeks!
Studies have shown that people with white teeth are more confident and successful in their professional lives. For this reason, a bright smile is something virtually everybody wants. However, if you’ve tried over-the-counter whitening trays, gels, toothpastes, or mouthwashes, you might have lost hope that teeth whitening could ever work for you. The truth is, many of these products simply can’t deliver the results you desire. Instead of wasting time and money on store-bought products, why not invest in professional teeth whitening that really works? Drs. Scannell and Hollinger offer at-home teeth whitening treatment that allows you to brighten your smile in the comfort of your own home. Contact our East Longmeadow practice today to learn whether this treatment is right for you!
Why Do Teeth Become Stained in the First Place?
Before going through with any cosmetic dentistry treatment, first we need to understand the causes of tooth discoloration. Some of the most common reasons why patients seek out professional teeth whitening include:
- Frequent or excessive consumption of darkly pigmented foods and drinks, like wine, coffee, or certain berries
- Smoking or chewing tobacco
- Enamel erosion due to teeth grinding, aging, or dental wear and tear
- Naturally thinner enamel revealing the underlying yellowish layer of dentin
- Naturally darker coloring of the teeth
- Fluorosis stains as a result of overconsumption of fluoride during childhood
- Taking the antibiotic tetracycline during dental development
How At-Home Teeth Whitening Works
Our at-home whitening treatment utilizes a bleaching gel that’s several times more potent than any product you can find in stores or online. You’ll place this gel into specialized trays that we develop by taking impressions of your teeth, which are designed to perfectly fit over your unique dentition. Simply fill the trays with the gel and wear them for a prescribed amount of time each day, usually around half an hour. While the trays are in, you can do whatever you want at home, including watching your favorite television show. Most of our patients begin to see an immediate difference after using the trays, but you should achieve optimal results after about two weeks of daily use. By that point, your smile should be up to ten shades brighter!
Benefits of Professional Whitening Over Store-Bought Kits
Some of the advantages you can expect to gain from choosing our professional treatment rather than over-the-counter alternatives include:
- Safety and comfort. Because your trays are uniquely designed for you instead of one-size-fits-all, they’ll isolate your teeth and protect your gums, tongue, lips, and cheeks from becoming irritated by the bleaching gel.
- Guaranteed results. Since our dentists are supervising your treatment plan, you can rest assured knowing you’ll actually achieve results you can be proud of.
- While no teeth whitening treatment is made to last forever, professional whitening typically last significantly longer than store-bought versions. In addition, you can use the trays and gel once every few months for a touch-up.
Teeth Whitening FAQs
Are you considering getting your teeth professionally whitened with us but aren’t quite sure if this treatment is worth the investment? That’s perfectly fine. After all, we don’t want you to go through with a treatment unless you’re well-informed about it and absolutely sure that it’s what you want. To help you make a better decision regarding your smile, we’ve answered some frequently asked questions about our teeth whitening treatment in the section below.
Is There Anything I Should NOT Do After Teeth Whitening Treatment?
For the first 48-72 hours after getting your teeth whitened, your enamel will be more porous than it usually is. This means that your teeth will be more vulnerable to items that cause stains. For this reason, it’s best to avoid using tobacco and consuming foods or drinks that notoriously discolor teeth, at least for the first few days after your treatment.
How Long Will My Results Last?
Like many other dental treatments, the lifespan of your results will depend on how well you take care of your smile. With proper maintenance, your teeth can stay bright for up to a year! It helps to keep up with your dental hygiene and avoid bad habits like smoking. Also, limit your consumption of staining foods and drinks. Sipping these beverages through a straw can help minimize direct contact with your pearly whites. If you do eat or drink any of these items, brush your teeth afterward. If that’s not possible, at least rinse your mouth with water to prevent stains from forming.
Is Teeth Whitening Safe?
Many over-the-counter whitening products famously cause problems such as enamel erosion and tooth sensitivity. This can increase your risk of oral health issues, such as cavities. All of the ingredients in our professional treatment, on the other hand, have been tested and proven to be perfectly safe for your teeth and gums. Our bleaching gel is even specially formulated to greatly reduce the risk of sensitivity. If you do experience sensitivity after our treatment, it should be minimal and should only last a couple of days at the absolute most.
Will Teeth Whitening Work If I Have Veneers, Crowns, Etc.?
Dental restorations like veneers, crowns, bridges, and fillings will not change their shade with our teeth whitening solution. As a result, these restorations may stand out in your smile afterward. Many patients with veneers/crowns/etc. choose to replace their restoration after they undergo teeth whitening in order for their smile to stay even. We can discuss your options during your consultation.