When dental stains affect your otherwise healthy smile, it can have an enormous impact on your appearance and self-confidence. At Lande Cosmetic, Family, and Restorative Dentistry, we offer highly effective Philips Zoom!® teeth whitening to our patients in Carmel and the surrounding areas. Our in-office and at-home treatment options are highly effective, allowing you to enjoy a dazzling smile up to eight shades whiter. Contact Dr. Gerald Lande today to learn more about teeth whitening and to find out which treatment option is right for you.
The Basics of Dental Stains and Teeth Whitening
Extrinsic stains, or stains on the surface of the teeth, are often caused by dark-pigmented foods and drinks, such as berries, coffee, and tea. Smoking, age, genetics, and environmental factors can also lead to extrinsic stains. Intrinsic stains occur on the inside surface of your teeth, and are typically the result of medications or medical conditions.
Teeth whitening treatment uses peroxide-based whitening gel to reduce or eliminate extrinsic stains. Oxygen molecules from the gel penetrate your dental enamel to chemically eliminate stains. Although whitening treatment can sometimes target intrinsic stains, the procedure is primarily intended for extrinsic stains.
In-Office Whitening Treatment
During office-based treatment, Dr. Lande will carefully isolate your teeth and cover up your sensitive gum tissue. Then he will apply the whitening gel to your teeth before using a special light to intensify the effect of the gel. The gel will remain on your teeth for about 15 minutes, breaking up deep dental stains. Dr. Lande will remove and reapply the gel twice more. Total treatment time takes about an hour. You can expect to leave our office with noticeably whiter teeth.
In-office treatment may be suitable if you want to achieve immediate results and prefer completely dentist-supervised treatment.
At-home Whitening Treatment
For patients who want to whiten their teeth in the comfort of their own home Dr. Lande can provide a kit that includes whitening gel and custom-made trays. You will fill the trays with gel and wear them about an hour a day for 2 to 3 weeks.
Take-home treatment may be the best solution if you want to whiten your teeth when and where it is convenient for you, and you are able to commit to wearing your trays daily, or as instructed by Dr. Lande.
Results and Benefits
Whether you choose in-office or at-home treatment, you can enjoy a smile up to eight shades lighter. Your whiter teeth will make your smile look healthier and boost your overall appearance, often helping you to look younger.
Although the results of teeth whitening treatment can be quite dramatic, they are not permanent. To maintain your whiter smile, you should maintain excellent dental hygiene and avoid foods, drinks, and habits that cause dental stains. You may also consider touch-up treatments every six months, or as directed by your dentist.
Schedule Your Appointment Today
Don't allow deep dental stains to compromise the appearance of your smile. Book your consultation with Dr. Lande today.