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Teeth Whitening

Teeth Whitening

Teeth Whitening

Whitening your teeth is the fastest, simplest way to improve your smile!  Not all teeth whitening is the same, and at Dominion Dental Spa, we offer you only the very best.  The teeth whitening market is flooded with different methods and brands.  We have selected those that provide the best whitening results with the most scientific research support.

How Does Teeth Whitening Work?

Teeth whitening is a chemical process in which peroxide compounds infiltrate into the tooth and change its underlying color.  The peroxide compound penetrates tooth enamel and oxidizes organic molecules under its surface (which are dark and cause tooth discoloration) into smaller, lighter molecules.  This changes the overall tooth shade to a brighter, whiter color.

Teeth whitening can be accomplished in one visit with our in-office whitening systems.  You can whiten your teeth at home with our take home system in custom whitening trays. Both of these systems achieve the same results.  In-office teeth whitening is simply a faster way of achieving the results you desire. 

What Types of Teeth Whitening Are Offered at Dominion Dental Spa?

Two basic types of whitening offered at Dominion Dental Spa are in-office whitening and take-home whitening.  The trusted and respected brands we use are KöR® and Opalescence®.  Both have been scientifically proven to whiten even the darkest teeth.  We specifically recommend KöR® for teeth with intrinsic Tetracycline staining, which is traditionally very difficult to whiten.

  1. In-Office Whitening

In-office whitening involves a single dental appointment, where we whiten the teeth for you.  We use a very high strength whitening gel to get results in one hour.  This high concentration chemical is damaging to gum tissues and can only be applied by dental professionals. 

Pros of In-Office Whitening:

  • Fastest whitening results
  • No work for you at home
  • We apply the gel everywhere it needs to be and avoid areas of sensitivity

Cons of In-Office Whitening:

  • Most expensive whitening option
  • Requires a scheduled dental appointment
  • Could require maintenance whitening, depending on your habits
  1. Take-Home Whitening

Take-home whitening gives you all of the responsibility.  You apply a professional-strength whitening gel to your teeth in a custom-molded tray that fits your teeth perfectly.  You are in control of how often you whiten and what results you achieve.  The custom whitening trays last for years.  This allows you to purchase refills of whitening gel and maintain your white smile easily.

Pros of Take-Home Whitening:

  • Flexible
  • Easy to maintain
  • Customizable
  • Less expensive option
  • Whiten for years

Cons of Take-Home Whitening:

  • Not an immediate result
  • Maximum whitening results take 10-14 days
  • Impressions of your teeth required to make trays
  • Lab time required to make trays
  • Loading gel into trays takes manual dexterity

 

Is Teeth Whitening Safe?

Yes. It is perfectly safe.  Teeth whitening does not damage tooth enamel.  The most common side effect is sensitivity to cold.  This is a temporary side effect, which goes away when you stop whitening. 

What Is The Most Important Thing to Know About Teeth Whitening?

Stick with your dentist for the best, fastest results.  There are countless whitening products available today.  The safest, most effective methods are the professional whitening options offered by your dentist.  Some over-the-counter products do work. However, they contain a lower strength of the active ingredient and will take much longer to get the results you want.  Your best bet is in-office or take-home whitening from Dominion Dental Spa.

 

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