Having a beaming bright-white smile is something many people strive for. However, despite regular brushing, flossing, and dental visits, your teeth may still develop stains and yellowing over time. This is due to exposure to certain foods, drinks, medications, or smoke that may cause your smile to loose its shine.
Tooth whitening is a dental procedure that can lighten or eliminate stain on the teeth to help patients achieve a whiter, more evenly colored smile. Teeth whitening treatments are among one of the most popular dental procedures today. According to a survey performed by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, nearly 100% of American adults believe that an attractive smile can make you more appealing to members of the opposite sex. In addition, having a whiter smile can boost confidence and may even help you achieve better job success!
Many patients often wonder why, even with a strict oral health care regimen, do stains and discoloration develop on their teeth. There are a number of reasons why you may start to see stains appearing in your mouth. Every day, a thin coating will develop on the tooth. If you use tobacco or drink lots of dark liquids like coffee, tea, or red wine, these will attach to this coating. Eating dark-colored foods or sauces can also stick to this coating, which may cause stains to appear on your teeth. As we age, the enamel on your teeth thins away, which can also affect the coloration of your smile.
Surface stains on tooth enamel can be treated with a number of whitening treatments. The most effective are in-house dental treatments administered by a certified dental professional, like Dr. Beaufils of Beaufils Dental.
In-Office Professional Whitening
Our patients can receive whitening treatments right here in our Cooper City dental office. In-office treatments are always the safest and most effective option for teeth brightening. Since dental offices typically provide stronger bleaching solutions than take-home or over-the-counter options, having your teeth whitened in-office will produce more dramatic results. The procedure typically takes around 30 to 90 minutes and you may need up to 3 treatments to achieve your desired results.
During the procedure, a protective substance is applied to the gums to protect them from the whitening solution. Then Dr. Beaufils will apply the whitening gel and shine a UV lamp onto the teeth to activate the whitening solution. The cost of an in-office tooth whitening treatment will vary depending on the patient’s unique requirements, but can typically cost around $400 – $1000. Some insurance companies may cover the procedure, so to talk to your provider and your dental office to see if you are covered.
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At-Home Professional Whitening
Instead of – or in some cases, in addition to – at-home professional whitening treatments, patients can opt for an at-home procedure. During your visit to your dentist, he or she will make impressions of your top and bottom teeth and have custom mouthpieces made for you. A close-fitting tray is an essential part of a successful whitening procedure. Once your unique trays are ready, your dentist will provide you with a peroxide-based solution to apply to your tray once a day. These procedures can cost around $150 to $600, depending on your particular needs.
Over the Counter Solutions
There are a number of OTC whitening products that you can purchase and administer at home. These are typically not as strong as products that you receive at your dental office, but they can be effective when applied correctly.
Regardless of the whitening method you choose, you should always talk to your dentist before proceeding. Remember, your dentist is familiar with your mouth’s particular needs, and they can help you navigate towards a cosmetic dentistry solution that is ideal for you.
The benefits of teeth whitening are incredible! Instead of covering your mouth when laughing or never showing teeth when you smile, be proud and flaunt your radiant new look! Patients in Cooper City can enjoy luminous teeth whitening results from Beaufils Dental. To schedule an appointment with our knowledgeable team of professionals, contact our office at (954) 252-1390.