Teeth Whitening

Teeth Whitening In Lewisburg, PA - Brookpark Dental Arts

Across the world, teeth whitening is consistently the most popular cosmetic dental procedure, year after year. With dozens of products available in both dental offices and over-the-counter, the accessibility is unprecedented. The ease in which the products can be applied without the risk of major side effects also contributes to the popularity of teeth whitening, as well as the overall affordability.

teeth whitening before and after - Lewisburg, PA

Teeth whitening happens as a result of oxygenating the microscopic furrows and pits in the enamel, or surface of the teeth. These tiny fissures collect enough pigmented food particles over time to stain the teeth an even yellow or brownish hue. Use of coffee, tea, red wine and tobacco products commonly leads to discoloration of the teeth. Whitening products contain a peroxide-based solution that, when applied, reacts with the stain-causing particles and breaks them into even smaller pieces that can easily be rinsed away from the enamel.

While the teeth whitening merchandise found in pharmacies and retail stores is made with the same chemicals as professional products, the over-the-counter ingredients are typically not as concentrated as those used in dental offices. This makes whitening the teeth at home more affordable, but the results are less dramatic and take longer to appear and to maintain. Professional-grade products, on the other hand, are generally more expensive at the outset, but the effects are immediate, often taking teeth up to eight shades whiter and last several months longer before another treatment is required. A whitening appointment typically takes between 30 and 60 minutes, whereas kits used at home can require several months of consistent use and the application is carefully monitored by trained professionals. This disproportion in results can make the overall cost of a professional whitening session comparable to at-home treatments.

We offer professional teeth whitening services at our Lewisburg, PA dental office to enhance your smile. By whitening your teeth, you can brighten your smile and boost your self-confidence. Professional teeth whitening is effective and safe, and can be used to lessen or eliminate the appearance of stains and discoloration caused by:

  • Fluorosis
  • Certain foods and drinks, such as wine, tea, and coffee
  • Tobacco use
  • Medications
  • Illness
  • The natural aging process

The Benefits of Professional Teeth Whitening Treatments

Studies have shown that damaged and stained teeth are the feature that most people report feeling the most embarrassed and insecure about. And unfortunately, it can't be chalked up to personal paranoia. People with whiter, stain-free teeth are generally viewed as more confident, self-assured, and competent, which can affect everything from professional opportunities to social interactions and connections.

Teeth Whitening Process 

Here at Dental Designs the key to getting smiles several shades whiter in often just one visit has to do with the high-concentration whitening gel that we use. Whitening gels always contain an active ingredient such as hydrogen or carbamide peroxide. Over-the-counter whitening gels don’t contain as high a percentage of peroxide as our in-office system because our dental team has been trained to safely and effectively apply and monitor these more powerful whitening gels. Of course, as you can imagine, this means that you’ll get faster and more visible whitening results when you get teeth whitening from us.

In-office teeth whitening is a simple and non-invasive cosmetic procedure. A small device will be used to prevent cheeks and lips from coming in contact with the whitening gel, which can irritate sensitive tissue. Now that the teeth are revealed, we can apply the first gel application the front surface.

Once the gel is applied over the front surface of your teeth, we will leave the gel on for several minutes. Sometimes a dental laser will be used to activate the gel and speed up the whitening process. Before you get your teeth whitening treatment we will sit down with you and discuss the steps we will take to get your smile whiter.

In most cases, we will apply, remove and reapply whitening gels two to three times throughout the course of your one-hour whitening treatment.

Want to learn more about Brookpark Dental Arts professional teeth whitening services? Call our Lewisburg, PA office today at (570) 522-1234!

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