At Pineville Family Dentistry, Dr. Babb uses professional-grade teeth whitening products to deliver fantastic results in just a single appointment. At our office, you can enhance your smile and your confidence in under an hour with professional whitening. 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 for teeth cleanings every six months. Additionally, you may want to consider having touch-up teeth whitening appointment every year or two, to ensure that your teeth remain bright and beautiful for as long as possible.
Both in-office and take-home teeth whitening deliver the same results. However, in-office whitening is much faster. In just 1-2 appointments, you can brighten your smile up to 5-10 shades. This option is ideal if you need to whiten your teeth quickly for a special event.
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 several weeks to see your results. However, some patients prefer to whiten their teeth in the comfort of their own homes. To find out which option will work best for you, contact Pineville Family Dentistry at (318) 704-5757, or stop by our office at 3310 Military Highway, Pineville, LA 71360 to schedule your appointment.