Teeth Whitening Can Give You a Dazzling Smile
A white, sparkling smile can make a huge difference for your appearance and self-confidence. Dr. James Magee III offers two types of teeth whitening at his Winter Springs practice. Laser teeth whitening provides dramatic results, typically in one 30-minute treatment. At-home whitening is an affordable option that allows you to lighten your smile at your own convenience. Dr. Magee will help you choose the treatment that suits your goals, budget, and schedule. Contact Clifford Family Dentistry today to schedule your teeth whitening consultation.
Understanding Dental Discoloration and Teeth Whitening
There are two types of dental stains. Intrinsic stains are the most common type. Located on the outer surface of your teeth, this type of discoloration is the result of foods, beverages, smoking, genetics, and other environmental factors. Intrinsic stains are located below the top layers of your teeth. Unfortunately, teeth whitening cannot target this type of discoloration. However, Dr. Magee may recommend an alternative treatment, such as porcelain veneers or bonding.
Both at-home and in-office laser treatment uses peroxide-based gel to lighten teeth. Oxygen molecules will penetrate your teeth to break apart the chemical bonds between stains. Although teeth can re-stain, especially in response to certain foods and drinks, it is safe to undergo routine touch-up treatments.
Laser Teeth Whitening
Laser teeth whitening at our Orlando office offers incredibly dramatic results. If you choose this method, Dr. Magee or his hygienist will apply whitening gel to your smile. He will carefully isolate your teeth to avoid irritating your sensitive gum tissue. Then he will shine a powerful laser on your teeth. The light will activate the gel, allowing it to lighten your smile by six to eight shades in just 30 minutes. You will leave the office with a dramatically improved smile. In most cases, your teeth will continue to improve for the first few days after your treatment. Dr. Magee will also provide take-home whitening trays to help you maintain your whiter smile.
At-Home Teeth Whitening
Alternatively, you might choose at-home whitening, which is less expensive than an in-office whitening treatment. In this case, Dr. Magee will supply a set of whitening trays, made from impressions of your teeth. You will fill the trays with whitening gel and wear them for a prescribed number of hours, usually 1-2 a day, over a period of a few days.
Many patients hold back from tooth whitening due to concern about tooth sensitivity. Dr. Magee will answer all of your questions and address your concerns. At-home tooth whitening is possible even for individuals with sensitive teeth.
Although the results of at-home whitening are not as immediate and typically not as dramatic as the effects of in-office care, you can easily remove most stains and lighten your tooth enamel color up to three shades.
Schedule a Teeth Whitening Consultation
Even if you have persistent stains, a brighter smile could be just a treatment away with a combination of teeth whitening and bonding. To learn more about your teeth whitening options contact Clifford Family Dentistry today. Dr. Magee proudly provides teeth whitening to patients in Longwood, Casselberry, Lake Mary, Altamonte Springs, and across the greater Orlando area.