Most people would agree that having brighter, whiter teeth makes them feel more confident. If you’ve noticed that your daily coffee or soda habit has made your teeth look a little less bright, you can talk to Columbia, SC dentist Dr. Tom Trinkner for your options. Many patients ask which is better: at-home vs. in office teeth whitening, and our office is here to answer your questions about these professional teeth whitening treatments.
What Causes Tooth Discoloration and Staining?
Even if you’ve faithfully cared for your teeth by brushing and flossing as recommended by your dentist, discoloration of your teeth will still occur naturally over time. This process can also be hastened along by other factors such as smoking or chewing tobacco or daily drinking of coffee, tea, cola or red wine. Even using certain prescription medications can cause discoloration.
Following your dentist’s recommendation of brushing twice daily and flossing at least once daily can slow this process down and help your smile stay brighter and healthier longer. However, it cannot reverse this process.
Dr. Trinkner offers patients the option of in office or take home teeth whitening. Both treatments can erase years’ worth of stains and restore a more youthful appearance for your teeth. A fresh, white smile can boost your sense of confidence and help you feel ready to meet whatever challenge you’re facing.
In-Office Teeth Whitening
Our fastest method of teeth whitening is the in-office procedure. This takes a little over an hour and can produce results up to ten shades lighter. Results will depend on the severity and source of stains on the patient’s teeth, with certain stains being more difficult to erase completely. Dr. Trinkner will discuss expected results prior to your treatment during your consultation.
The process of in-office teeth whitening usually goes as follows. First, we set up a protective barrier for your gums. Next, we brush a layer of maximum strength bleaching gel onto your teeth and activate the ingredients with a special light. This process may need to be repeated several times until your desired shade is achieved.
At-Home Teeth Whitening Kit
Our most convenient method for removing stains from your tooth enamel is at-home teeth whitening. This method utilizes custom-fitted trays that Dr. Trinkner creates in the office and maximum strength bleaching gel. The take home kit will provide results far superior to over the counter options such as whitening strips and toothpastes that you may see for sale at your local drugstore.
At home, you will fill the trays with gel and fit them over your teeth for the prescribed amount of time daily, often overnight while you sleep. The bleaching gel will remove stains and, because it contains fluoride, it will also reduce sensitivity and strengthen your enamel. After about a week of regular use, your teeth will look dramatically whiter.
All our teeth whitening products are specially formulated to minimize tooth sensitivity and Dr. Trinkner carefully supervises teeth whitening treatments.
Professional Teeth Whitening in Columbia, SC
To discuss which teeth whitening treatment would work best for your dental hygiene goals, schedule an appointment with our Columbia, SC dentist office by calling 803-400-8729 or request an appointment online.