It’s natural for our teeth to discolor as we age -- but when it happens to you, that staining or discoloration may cause you to feel a little self-conscious about your smile. Fortunately, you can reveal a brighter, whiter grin with professional teeth whitening from your cosmetic dentist. Dr. D’Andrea, Dr. Pantera, and Dr. Jung offer take-home whitening kits to break through even the most severe dental stains.
Genetics play a significant factor in the shade of your enamel, as some people were just born with whiter teeth than others. But no matter how bright, that natural color is likely to change over time. As we get older, our teeth grow more brittle. It’s not really a bad thing, but it means that the enamel is more likely to absorb the colors of things that you eat and drink, like coffee, red wine, berries, and the list goes on. People who smoke will experience more significant staining, and less-than-perfect dental hygiene habits may cause the teeth to yellow.
There are two types of stains: intrinsic, or those that live below the tooth enamel, and extrinsic, which exist right on top. You may be able to lighten some extrinsic staining with a whitening toothpaste or over-the-counter treatment, but to reach below the tooth enamel where the stains really live, you’ll need to partner with your cosmetic dentist for a professional treatment.
Venus White Max is an innovative in-office teeth whitening process that allows us to help patients brighten their teeth several shades in just one dental office visit. The process is simple. We start by checking the current shade of your teeth. We protect your gums and soft tissue with plastic shields. Then, the Venus White professional grade teeth whitening gel is applied to the front facing surfaces of teeth. This patented whitening gel combines professional level doses of hydrogen or carbamide peroxide to brighten teeth and potassium nitrate to decrease dental sensitivity. We allow the Venus White Max gel to work for about twenty minutes. After twenty minutes, we’ll check your progress against your initial tooth shade. We reapply as necessary to help patients achieve their ideal tooth enamel shade. Patients typically need two or three twenty minute applications to achieve their desired results.
We can also offer Venus White at-home teeth whitening kits to brighten smiles over the course of several weeks. These take-home kits use professional doses of whitening gel and custom crafted application trays to deliver the same results possible with in-office teeth whitening over the course of several weeks of short, daily applications.
Our office offers take-home teeth whitening, which is associated with less sensitivity than other options in professional whitening. You will wear the kit for about half an hour each evening. It’s best to whiten at night when you’re finished eating and drinking for the day, as your teeth will be more susceptible to staining immediately after each application.
With trays customized to your unique dentition, the high powered bleaching gel is held right up against your tooth enamel for maximum whitening. Results are revealed over the course of about two weeks.
The benefits of take-home professional teeth whitening include:
Once we have helped you reveal your brightest, whitest smile, we want you to keep it that way! Take heed of our post-whitening advice and you may never need a retreatment again.
To enjoy your brightest smile for as long as possible, try to:
Are you interested in professional teeth whitening? A take-home kit can help reveal a smile you’ll be proud of. Please don’t hesitate to request an appointment with your cosmetic dentist in Hamden today!