Teeth whitening in Providence, RI, is one of the easiest, fastest, and cost-effective ways to improve the look of your smile. Teeth whitening systems contain ingredients that break up the molecules of a stain, effectively making it disappear. When you want to brighten your smile, talk to your dentist about which teeth whitening option is best for your unique needs.
If you’re ready for a brighter, whiter smile, you won’t be at a loss for options. Just walk into your local grocery or drug store, and you’ll see shelf after shelf of tooth whitening options. And those aren’t even your only options! Here is a breakdown of the different ways to whiten your teeth.
Over the counter whitening options can include:
While OTC options can be cheaper than those from your Providence, RI dentist, they have some drawbacks. They often:
Another option is our at-home whitening kits. Your dental creates custom whitening trays just for your teeth. Custom trays fit better, are more comfortable to wear, and produce better results. Our professional kits contain different gel strengths based on patient needs.
During treatment, the whitening gel is placed in the trays, and will be worn between one and four hours each day. You should see results within a week and reach your whitening goals within two to four weeks.
A popular option for whitening teeth fast is our in-office Zoom whitening that utilizes a specialized whitening gel and UV light to whiten teeth up to eight shades in a single visit.
During the whitening process, our dental team will start by isolating your teeth. They will then place the whitening gel on your teeth, and apply UV light to activate the gel. The process is repeated up to four times depending on your sensitivity levels and takes about 45-60 minutes.
The materials used for fillings, crowns, and bridges won’t react to the whitening gel, only natural teeth will whiten. All your other restorations will stay their original color.
However, that’s not to say that patients with multiple restorations will never be able to whiten their teeth. Some patients are interested in a smile makeover, in which they replace old fillings and crowns. We can whiten the natural teeth first to get the ideal tooth shade in these cases. Then, we will make sure the new restorations matched the brightened shade.
Professional teeth whitening is one of the fastest, most cost-effective ways to improve the appearance of your smile. In-office or at-home professional whitening systems can cost a couple of hundred dollars, while veneers, bonding, and crowns can cost thousands. And since professional teeth whitening options typically offer faster, longer-lasting results, they’re ultimately more affordable than OTC options, too.
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