Are you suffering from tooth discoloration? At St. Johns Dental Care, we have an assortment of cosmetic and restorative dentistry services, including teeth whitening. Teeth whitening is a fast and painless way to brighten your smile by removing stains and discoloration.
Over-the-counter teeth whitening can be time-consuming and messy. Fortunately, Dr. Connelly can complete our professional teeth whitening procedure in a single office visit. The results of professional teeth whitening are dramatic compared to the whitening treatments from your local drug store.
The most straightforward way to decide if your smile could benefit from a professional whitening treatment is to contact our office and speak to one of our caring staff associates. We’ll discuss our treatments available and can schedule a consultation with Dr. Connelly if you decide to move forward with treatment.
The Teeth Whitening Process
In-office teeth whitening is an easy procedure that’s completed in a single visit.
Upon your arrival at our office, Dr. Connelly will perform an oral exam and study your medical history, which will help decide if your smile is ready for a whitening treatment.
After he determines you’re a qualified candidate, you can begin the whitening treatment. The first step is Dr. Connelly inserting a device into your mouth that pulls your lips away from your teeth. Once the surfaces of your teeth are accessible, the whitening material is applied directly to the enamel.
The entire treatment tends to last about 30 to 60 minutes, and the results will be seen immediately.
When Teeth Whitening is Not Recommended
The following situations are examples of when whitening treatments are either ill-advised or not allowed:
- Age and pregnancy – Whitening treatment is not recommended for children under the age of 16 because the tooth’s root is enlarged until their teeth have fully developed. Whitening could irritate the nerve and cause sensitivity. Also, teeth whitening isn’t appropriate for women who are pregnant or lactating due to the negative effects it could have on the child.
- Very dark, stained teeth – Teeth with dark stains are less likely to react to the whitening process. Yellow-tinted teeth respond the best to whitening, but don’t worry too much if the stains on your teeth are too dark for whitening—we provide alternative cosmetic services to illuminate your smile, such as veneers, crowns, or dental bonding.
- Fillings, crowns, and alternative restorations – Fillings and composite resin material that’s generally used for crowns, veneers, and bonding don’t whiten. Consequently, attempting to whiten restored teeth will result in blotchy or uneven coloring. Any whitening procedures need to be completed before restoration procedures.
- Gum disease, worn enamel, and cavities – People whose mouths have been affected by disease or decay are generally discouraged from undergoing a whitening procedure until their condition is resolved. Whitening solution can penetrate the tooth’s root and cause sensitivity.
How Long Does It Last?
Teeth whitening isn’t a permanent solution and your results will fade as time goes on. Whitening treatment generally lasts one to three years. The good news is that you can always return to our office for a follow-up whitening treatment.