At Pineville Family Dentistry, Dr. Babb uses professional-grade teeth whitening products to deliver fantastic results from the comfort of your own home. With our custom whitening options, you can enhance your smile and your confidence in just a few weeks. Call today to schedule your visit and transform your smile!
Teeth whitening products use a special type of molecule called a “peroxide” to bleach away stains from your teeth. The most commonly used compounds are hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxide. These compounds react very strongly when they contact stains on your teeth, breaking them away from your enamel and “bleaching” the surfaces of your teeth. This removes most stains from your teeth and leaves behind natural, white enamel.
Teeth whitening is only effective on stains that are on the exterior of your teeth. That means that it will work for things like tobacco stains and coffee stains. However, if the interior of your tooth has been stained due to a reaction to an antibiotic like tetracycline, or is discolored due to a filling, teeth whitening will not remove the stain. You can consider an alternative treatment like dental bonding or veneers to cover up internal tooth stains.
The results of teeth whitening usually last up to 3 years. However, you can extend the effectiveness of your treatment by brushing and flossing properly, and seeing Dr. Babb in Pineville for teeth cleanings every six months. Additionally, can continue to touch up your whitening results at home every other month or so, to ensure that your teeth remain bright and beautiful for as long as possible.
Both in-office and take-home teeth whitening can deliver the similar results. However, in-office whitening is done in just 1-2 appointments. Take-home whitening, on the other hand, uses custom-built trays and special whitening products to brighten your smile more gradually, and it usually takes a few weeks to see your results. However, some patients prefer to whiten their teeth in the comfort of their own homes. To learn more about our take-home whitening treatments, contact Pineville Family Dentistry at (318) 704-5757, or stop by our office at 3310 Military Highway, Pineville, LA 71360 to schedule your appointment.
Yes. Teeth whitening is known to cause minor, temporary sensitivity in most patients. For most people, this won’t interfere with their day-to-day lives, and will go away within a few days after their teeth whitening treatment.
However, people who already have sensitivity issues or thin enamel may have more prolonged and uncomfortable sensitivity after whitening. For this reason, you should discuss any existing teeth sensitivity issues you have with Dr. Troy Babb before whitening your teeth with strips our our custom kits.
There are a few steps you can take to deal with sensitivity after whitening, too. First, we recommend brushing regularly with fluoride toothpaste, as this will help keep your teeth strong. You can even use toothpaste like Sensodyne, which has ingredients that can help reduce teeth sensitivity.
You may also want to avoid consuming really hot or ice-cold foods and drinks for a little while. Teeth sensitivity usually causes more discomfort at temperature extremes, so eating and drinking more mild foods and drinks until your teeth recover is a good way to deal with discomfort.
This depends on your oral health, how quickly stains come back after you apply your whitening treatment, and a lot of other factors. Usually, though, we recommend that you keep up with your whitening treatments every other month or so to ensure you can maintain your results.
It is important to note that teeth whitening can weaken the teeth slightly, but this is not a big deal if you whiten infrequently, and work with a dentist for safe take-home whitening treatments.
If you are self-conscious about your smile, yes! Teeth whitening kits from a professional like Dr. Troy Babb in Pineville are 100%, completely safe and non-invasive, and it’s also one of the most affordable cosmetic dentistry procedures available.
When your treatment is done, your smile will typically be up to 5-10 shades brighter, and you’ll also get rid of tooth stains and discoloration that may make you feel self-conscious about your appearance. This boosts your confidence and even makes you look younger.
The treatment lasts a long time, too. If you care for your teeth properly after whitening, you can enjoy great results for 1-2 years or longer. And with regular teeth whitening touch-ups when recommended by Dr. Troy Babb, you can keep your smile looking bright and brilliant for years to come.