Professional Teeth Whitening
Teeth Whitening at Bonita Dental Care
Having your teeth professionally whitened has many benefits that you do not get with in-home whitening treatments.
Gum and tooth sensitivity is more controllable in-office due to improvements in peroxide gels and the use of desensitizers such as potassium nitrate and fluoride.
Having a professional dentist whiten your teeth also produces the fastest and most complete results. Home-use systems use low-dose bleaching agents, whereas in-office whitening uses higher concentrations of bleaching gel under safe, controlled, and pain-free conditions.
Should You Get Your Teeth Whitened in Bonita Springs?
Stains caused by aging and tobacco use can be whitened easily at Bonita Dental Care. Our dentist can also remove stains caused by coffee, wine, soda, and dark-colored fruits and vegetables.
You should not get your teeth whitened if you have the following problems or conditions:
- Tooth and gum sensitivity
- Deep, intractable staining caused by ingestion of inorganic foods or materials
- Teeth that have become transparent with age
In cases where your teeth should not be whitened for risk of further damage or reaction, please consult our dentist about alternatives. These alternatives are bonding, veneers, or crowns.
Preparation for Whitening
A dental exam will be performed either before or during the prophylactic cleaning. This allows our dentist to check for potential problems such as severe decay or gum disease. If any problems are detected that could affect the whitening process, your procedure will be delayed.
Our dentist will discuss whitening options with you based on the results of your exam and any other concerns or problems that may be present. Some whitening options are more gentle or more thorough than others, so be sure to make an informed decision.
When an agreement is made on the whitening treatment to be used, a prophylactic cleaning will take place. This will clear away any plaque and debris that have gathered on the surface and between the teeth.
Photographs may be taken to compare and assess their color on a shade guide. This will give both you and the dentist a benchmark to compare your progress to during the whitening process.
The Whitening Procedure
The whitening procedure may vary based on the method chosen but typically follow a standard routine. None of the processes is painful or uncomfortable, and many patients rest or watch television while the procedure takes place.
- A cheek retractor is inserted into the mouth. This exposes all of the teeth visible when you smile, otherwise known as the “esthetic zone.”
- Either a hardening resin or a liquid rubber dam is painted onto the gums. It protects the gum tissue from any irritation caused by the bleaching gel.
- Bleaching gel containing hydrogen peroxide is applied to the esthetic zone teeth. It is kept on for approximately 15 to 30 minutes.
- The gel is washed or suctioned off of the teeth and replaced with fresh gel for one or more additional 15 to 30 minute periods.
- The whitening process may include an intense light that is focused on the teeth. It is said to activate or enhance the bleaching process.
Between gel applications, the teeth will be examined and compared to the shade guide. This allows your dentist to see the progress of how well your teeth have whitened, and how much more they can be bleached, if necessary.
Once the final gel application is complete, the cheek retractors will be removed. The patient will rinse their mouth, and an exam takes place to measure the shade change of the teeth. The teeth may whiten by up to eight shades.
The whitening process causes dehydration, which can make the teeth look whiter than their true new color. After a few days, the true color will be evident. If the color is not satisfying after a few days, we may recommend a follow-up whitening.
If you would like to schedule an appointment for a consultation and whitening with a dentist at Bonita Dental Care, you may call our office in Bonita Springs.