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By Western Slope Dental Center
January 26, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Find out everything you need to know about professional teeth whitening and whether it’s right for you.

You’re sick and tired of stained, yellow teeth and are finally ready to brighten your smile. In fact, you may even be trying commercial teeth whiteningwhitening products right now. But if you aren’t getting the look that you want then it might be time to ramp up your whitening results by seeing our Grand Junction, CO dentists Dr. Berguin or Dr. Kira Funderburk.

Q. Is my smile right for teeth whitening?

A. Many patients are able to enjoy the radiant benefits of whitening, but everyone’s smile and needs are different and unique. If you are looking to remove surface stains caused by consuming certain foods or drinks, or from smoking, then professional in-office teeth whitening in Grand Junction, CO may be right for you.

Your smile must be free of cavities or gum disease before you can get your teeth whitened. Also, take note that while strong, professional whitening gel cannot remove internal stains or remove stains or dullness from dental work like crowns, fillings or bridges.

Q. How long will it take to get teeth whitening?

A. Traditionally, it takes about 45 minutes to get your teeth whitening in our office. This includes three, 15-minute whitening gel applications in which we also use a laser to speed up the process.

If you opt for our at-home kits it may take two or more weeks to start seeing your results.

Q. What is the procedure like?

A. When you come in for teeth whitening we will first clean your teeth thoroughly and then use a separator to expose the surface of your teeth while also protecting gums and sensitive tissue from the bleach.

Then we will apply a layer of gel to your teeth and direct a light beam at your teeth to activate the gel. As we mentioned above, most teeth whitening procedures require three, 15-minute whitening applications in which we will remove the old layer and reapply a new one that we will laser-activate each time.

Q. How long will my results last?

On average, professional whitening results can last anywhere from six months to two years, depending on your oral hygiene and what foods you consume. For those who smoke, drink coffee or wine, or consume a lot of stain-producing foods, their results may not last as long.

Q. Is teeth whitening safe?

Studies have found that teeth whitening is completely safe for your teeth and will not damage enamel, if used properly. By coming into our office for treatment you can expect to get amazing, effective and safe results.

While teeth sensitivity can occur in some patients after whitening, we would be happy to talk to you about ways to reduce sensitivity either before or after your treatment.

Have questions about teeth whitening? Want to find out if this is the right cosmetic option for your smile? Then turn to the dental experts at Western Slope Dental Center in Grand Junction.