A beautiful smile can make all the difference in your social life and your self-esteem. One of the simplest ways to improve your smile is with teeth whitening, but achieving a sparkling white smile can be difficult. Many may turn to over-the-counter teeth whitening products, but they can often be damaging, easy to misuse, and deliver sub-par results. If you want to safely and effectively achieve a whiter smile, our cosmetic dentists at Pearland Dental Group offer in-office and at-home professional teeth whitening.
Professional teeth whitening is a dental treatment where your cosmetic dentist removes staining and discoloration from your teeth to reveal a whiter, brighter smile. Unlike over-the-counter whitening methods, professional teeth whitening takes into account your unique oral health needs. Your cosmetic dentist will make sure teeth whitening is both safe and effective for you by providing a thorough dental exam and personalizing your treatment.
At Pearland dental group, we offer two methods of professional teeth whitening:
Philips ZOOM! teeth whitening is an in-office cosmetic dentistry treatment that utilizes LED light and powerful whitening gel to brighten your smile. The gel is applied to your teeth and the LED rays activate and enhance its effects. ZOOM! is lightning fast, whitening your smile up to eight shades in less than one hour.
At our Pearland dental office, patients experience a variety of benefits with our professional teeth whitening services, including:
Before your Pearland cosmetic dentist, either Dr. Dave or Dr. Shah, can approve you for professional teeth whitening using the ZOOM! system, you’ll attend an initial consultation. During your consultation, your dentist will thoroughly examine your mouth to evaluate your oral health. They’ll also review your medical history and ask you about your smile goals. This will be a perfect time to bring up any questions you may have.
Once your cosmetic dentist has approved you for professional ZOOM! teeth whitening, we’ll prepare your whitening treatment. First, we‘ll protect your teeth, gums, and tongue with methods such as plastic barriers and protective gel. Once these parts of your mouth are successfully cordoned off, we’ll apply the whitening gel to your teeth.
Once the whitening gel has been applied, your dentist will shine a specially designed LED light onto your teeth. This will activate the gel and allow it to penetrate your teeth without damaging the enamel. The gel will be allowed to sit under the light for fifteen minutes, before your dental assistant wipes it off. They’ll repeat the process up to three more times in fifteen minute sessions, checking in with you between each one to ensure your new smile is how you envisioned it.
Take-home whitening trays are made by our Pearland cosmetic dentists and custom crafted to fit your unique dental profile. They’re a great option for patients who would rather whiten their teeth on their own from the comfort of their own home. Unlike store bought whitening trays, our professional take-home trays are designed to give you a beautiful smile without harming your teeth and delivering long-lasting results.
By choosing professional at-home whitening trays over store bought products, patients experience the following benefits:
Just like with in-office teeth whitening, you’ll attend an initial consultation with our Pearland cosmetic dentist. Your initial consultation will include all the usual steps, including an exam, a medical history review, and questions about your smile goals.
Once your dentist has approved you for at-home whitening treatment, they’ll take images and impressions of your teeth. These images and impressions will be sent to an offsite lab and used to craft your custom whitening trays. You’ll return to Pearland Dental Group for your whitening trays once they’re ready and we’ll instruct you on how to use them.
To use your whitening trays, brush your teeth beforehand to ensure the gel can properly penetrate your teeth. Then, express a line of whitening gel into the bottom of the trays. Press the properly aligned trays to the arches they’re designed for. Wear your whitening trays for the amount of time prescribed and then remove your trays and rinse your teeth to reveal a whiter, brighter smile. You’ll begin to see results within the first week, with full results by day 14.
The exact cost of professional teeth whitening will depend on numerous factors including what kind of whitening you choose. For example, professional teeth whitening with ZOOM! tends to cost a bit more than take-home whitening trays. Your Pearland dentist will go over costs with you during your initial visit.
Professional teeth whitening is a purely cosmetic procedure, so your insurance provider may not cover it. The cosmetic dentists at Pearland Dental Group encourage you to contact your insurance provider beforehand and ask them which costs they can cover. We’ll always work with you to help you afford your treatment.
With proper upkeep, the effects of your professional teeth whitening procedure can last between one to three years. To help preserve the new color of your smile, our dentists recommend that you avoid foods and drinks that can stain your smile.
Common foods and drinks that tend to stain include:
Some sensitivity and irritation post-whitening is normal, but should fade within a few days. You can manage these symptoms with methods such as coating your teeth in vitamin E oil, using toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth, rinsing with warm saltwater, and avoiding foods and drinks that can worsen pain and irritation such as citrus.
Thanks to modern cosmetic dentistry, you don’t have to deal with sub-par, unsafe whitening products. The professional teeth whitening treatments available at Pearland Dental Group will help you safely and effectively achieve the smile you’ve always dreamed of. Our highly-trained cosmetic dentists provide professional teeth whitening services to patients from Pearland and surrounding areas such as Fresno, Houston, Alvin, and League City, TX.
If you’re ready to get the smile you want, contact Pearland Dental Group by dialing (281) 993-9900. You can also schedule an appointment by clicking the button below and one of our friendly team members will get back to you shortly.
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