Most of us associate a bright, white smile with good oral health and hygiene as well as good looks and confidence. If you are someone who has healthy teeth and gums, but who hides their smile because of staining or yellowing, teeth whitening is a great solution. Dr. Brian Kynaston, Dr. Matthew Perry, and Dr. Seth Prochaska of Lyons Dental Care and Inman Dental Care offer our patients an array of effective cosmetic dentistry solutions, with whitening being one of the simplest options.
Why Use In-Office Teeth Whitening?
As your preferred cosmetic dentist, one of the most common questions we are asked is why anyone would opt for in-office teeth whitening when there are home whitening strips and solutions? The answer is relatively simple: professional whitening done by a cosmetic dentist is much faster and typically lasts much longer.
Our professional grade teeth whitening treatments are ideal for those who live with discoloration or staining due to a number of issues. For example, patients come to our office for whitening when their teeth are:
- Discolored by staining beverages such as wine, coffee, cola or tea
- Stained from tobacco use
- Discolored due to the use of certain medications
- Yellowed due to simple aging
- Discolored after an accident has caused an area of the tooth to die
Darkened after a root canal
Will teeth whitening work for all of those issues? For most of them, yes. If our treatments are unable to brighten and whiten a tooth or even a set of teeth, we can offer other treatments in cosmetic dentistry, such as veneers or crowns.
How Does Whitening Work?
Tooth whitening is available from both Lyons Dental Care and Inman Dental Care and can be done in the office or with a specialized take home kit. All of our treatments rely on gentle and effective bleaching compounds. These are applied to your teeth through the use of a customized tray. Part of your initial cosmetic consultation will include the making of the trays, using molds of your upper and lower teeth. These are then carefully filled with whitening agents and worn for a period of time in order to whiten the teeth.
You can use them at home for a period of two to six weeks to get optimal results, or you can enjoy a single office visit in which a more powerful solution can whiten your teeth several shades at one time.
Most patients see results immediately, with effects lasting for years – especially if you keep up with regular dental visits and an in-office treatment once a year.
While you may have heard that whitening makes teeth sensitive, our dentists can address the situation with you and offer a desensitizing toothpaste or other solutions. However, it is not unusual to experience a bit of sensitivity for one or two days after whitening.
Want a Whiter Smile? Contact Us Today
Are you eager to get some tooth whitening or other cosmetic dentistry? If so, just contact us online or by calling our Lyons office at (620) 257-5193 or our Inman office at (620) 585-6766.