One of the most popular Cosmetic Dentistry services we offer at Sage Dental and Sage Spa is Teeth Whitening. If your teeth are yellow or stained or just don’t make you want to smile, then you should come in for a consultation about our options we have available for a brighter smile!
Certain foods and drinks such as coffee, tea, juices, and berries can stain your teeth. Other habits such as chewing tobacco or smoking definitely will contribute to stains. Certain antibiotics (notably tetracycline) and even genetics as well as age (wearing down of the outer whiter enamel over time) can contribute to having darker teeth.
Having tried numerous options for teeth whitening over the past 20 years, we have found the GLO® Professional Strength Whitening System to give our patients the best, most consistent results. Between the ease of use and the affordable cost, we have seen many or our patients improve their smiles in as little as a week!
Not everyone will qualify for the Glo® System to whiten their teeth. Patients with multiple crowns or implants, particularly in the front of the mouth, might have a harder time holding in the trays and they will not be able to whiten crowns, or partial dentures, so they may not be a candidate.
In rare cases of radiation therapy, sensitive teeth, multiple unfilled cavities or multiple missing teeth, those offer different challenges for getting that brighter smile. In some of these cases, all porcelain crowns or porcelain veneers may be a better option.
Before we embark on any whitening process, we like to complete a thorough exam with x-rays to see what teeth we are hoping to lighten. In addition, we want to make sure you can tolerate a tray in your mouth for a few hours to hold the gel against the teeth. In addition, we like to have all the cavities filled so there are no exposed areas which could become sensitive to the gel. Finally, it’s best to make sure your gums are in good shape as sometimes, the gel might irritate the gums or if your gums bleed easily, it could affect the efficiency of the gel.
There are other options such as using teeth whitening toothpastes or gels or even tooth whitening strips that are sold over-the-counter. These typically have a lower concentration of the whitening agent and therefore require a more consistent longer-term usage, which can take longer for the ultimate desired result.
If we know we may be doing other treatment in the mouth, such as crowns or veneers in the future, it’s a good idea to whiten first, then try to match the crowns to the final color of the crowns.
If you are looking for a teeth-whitening dentist near you, then look no further. Dr. Avi Israeli has many years’ experience with tooth whitening and can offer you the best option for improving your smile.
Call us today about a complimentary consultation for cosmetic teeth whitening!