Professional Teeth Whitening in Swanton, OH

Over time, your teeth become discolored from age, food, and drinks, leaving your smiles darkened or yellowed. Professional teeth whitening is an efficient, safe, and effective cosmetic dental treatment for brightening your smile. Teeth whitening works by using one of two types of bleach -hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide, sometimes a combination of the two. We will decide which will work best for you at your appointment. When applied to the teeth, these bleaches break up stains which cause the color to be less concentrated, resulting in a brighter smile.

Who is a Good Candidate for Teeth Whitening?

The best candidates for professional teeth whitening have healthy gums and teeth without fillings or restorations. Patients whose teeth have yellow tones are more likely to respond to treatment. 

What Causes Teeth Staining?

Several things can cause your teeth to turn from white to different colors, darken, or develop white or dark spots in places, including:

  • Age: As you age, the outer layer of enamel on your teeth wears away, revealing the natural color of dentin.
  • Food and drinks: Coffee, tea, colas, wines, and certain fruits and vegetables, such as beets, can stain your teeth.
  • Poor dental hygiene: Forgetting to brush and floss your teeth can cause plaque and food stains to build up. Skipping professional dental cleanings can also allow stains to start.
  • Medications: Some medications can cause teeth discoloration.
  • Tobacco use: Smoking or chewing tobacco can stain teeth.
  • Genetics: Some people have naturally brighter or thicker enamel than others.
  • Trauma: Falls and other injuries can produce sizable cracks in the teeth, which collect large amounts of stains and debris.

In-Office Teeth Whitening at the Dental Health Associates of Swanton

Here’s what you can expect at your professional teeth whitening appointment at Dental Health Associates of Swanton:

  • Initial Exam: During your regular hygiene visit, we will ensure you have optimal tooth and gum health for teeth whitening. We will also make a record of the current shade of your teeth. 
  • Impressions:  Next, we will take a mold of your teeth to create your custom teeth whitening trays.
  • Pick-Up Trays: When you come to pick up your trays, we will also give you instructions on using them with the teeth bleaching gel.

Teeth Whitening at the Dentist Vs. Over-the-Counter

Professional teeth whitening is performed by trained dental professionals providing safe and reliable bleaching results. The results of professionally administered in-office teeth whitening also tend to be better because dentists use higher-concentration teeth bleaching gels than over-the-counter whitening products.

    Is Professional Teeth Whitening Painful?

    Professional teeth whitening at Dental Health Associates of Swanton is safe and usually doesn’t cause pain, but some patients may experience mild discomfort if they already experience tooth sensitivity. However, the discomfort and sensitivity typically stop within 48 hours.

    Is Professional Teeth Whitening Painful?

    Professional teeth whitening at Dental Health Associates of Swanton is safe and usually doesn’t cause pain, but some patients may experience mild discomfort if they already experience tooth sensitivity. However, the discomfort and sensitivity typically stop within 48 hours.   

    How Long Does Cosmetic Teeth Whitening Take?

    The exam is quick and can be completed in your regular dental hygiene visit, and then you’ll return for a short appointment to pick up your custom teeth whitening trays when they are ready. It takes about one week to have the professional teeth whitening trays made. 

    Once you have your teeth whitening trays, we recommend using them for 20 minutes a day for two weeks then touching up as needed. 

    Cost of Teeth Whitening

    Our at-home custom teeth whitening trays usually cost around $250.

    Teeth Whitening Dentist in Swanton, OH

    Teeth whitening is safer, easier, and yields better results when working with a dentist. At Dental Health Associates of Swanton, our in-office teeth whitening treatments can help you get the white, bright smile you’ve always wanted. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!