Is it Recommended That Anyone Not Undergo Teeth Whitening?
Teeth whitening and bleaching is a fast, easy way for patients to rejuvenate their smile. Dr. Lokhandwala enjoys offering services such as cosmetic teeth whitening. San Jose practice StarBrite Dental offers two primary methods of teeth whitening, in-office teeth bleaching, and at-home whitening tray kits.
Both systems are effective, affordable, and completely safe to use. In as little as one hour in the dentist’s chair, patients can enjoy a whiter smile up to eight shades brighter. This allows patients the ability to rejuvenate the way they look quickly and discretely. Others who see them may wonder what’s different about them!
In-office treatment requires a patient to schedule a block of time around one hour to an hour and a half. During this time, the patient will sit in the dentist’s chair and have specialized barrier gel applied to their gums. Then the whitening gel will be painted onto the teeth, and a specialized light will be used to activate the bleaching gel and whiten the teeth over a period of approximately one hour.
At-home treatment uses specialized whitening trays that are made from patient impressions. These trays are sent home with the patient, along with whitening gel that is applied to the tray and worn for a specific amount of time every day for a few weeks. The whitening of the teeth may take some time, but the results are the same, and the treatment is completely safe and effective.
Most everyone is a viable candidate for teeth whitening and bleaching. However, it is recommended that patients who have cosmetic restorations in their smile not undergo the treatment. This is due to the fact that the whitening gels do not whiten porcelain, which will result in making the restorations stand out. However, patients that are looking to have teeth whitening done, and are looking to continually maintain the results, can talk to Dr. Lokhandwala about the possibility of having new restorations placed after teeth whitening has occurred.
Patients who are interested in whitening their teeth with either in-office whitening or at-home whitening trays may want to talk to Dr. Lokhandwala of StarBrite Dental to learn about the benefits and expected results of their treatment. A consultation appointment and examination can help both dentist and patient determine their eligibility for this form of cosmetic treatment, and find out if it can help boost the appearance of their smile.