Teeth Whitening – Erie, PA
Choose a Professional for Best Results!
Investing in a professional teeth whitening treatment is a great way to love your smile. Dr. Dinesh Patel, your cosmetic dentist in Erie, is pleased to offer our patients take-home whitening that can break through severe stains to help you grin with true confidence. A take-home whitening treatment is completed over the course of 2 weeks at a gradual pace that can help reduce the sensitivity that is so common with other teeth whitening treatments. In addition, Dr. Patel prescribes a high-fluoridated toothpaste to use in conjunction with whitening that will aid in reducing sensitivity.
How Does Whitening Work?
Tooth enamel stains much in the same way that clothing stains. This is mainly because enamel is not smooth, but in fact porous. This means that it carries many holes and crevices for foods and beverages to seep into, which is why richly pigmentated beverages like wine or grape juice stay on teeth after drinking. To prevent these stains from becoming permanent, they need to be promptly removed. Without removal, they will begin to seep deeper inside of enamel and eventually the dentin layer of teeth.
The only way to effectively address these stains (also known as intrinsic stains) is by using powerful bleaching solutions that can permeate through the surface of teeth. These gels work to break apart stains deeply embedded inside the inner layers of enamel and dentin.
The Teeth Whitening Process
You can choose to whiten just your top teeth or do your top and bottom for the brightest results. To set you up for your customized treatment, Dr. Patel will have trays created specifically for your teeth. You will fill these trays, which fit tightly around your teeth, with a powerful bleaching solution and wear them for approximately half an hour before you go to bed. We advise doing your whitening at night after you brush your teeth because your teeth will be more prone to absorbing stains from what you eat and drink immediately after treatment.
Perform your whitening as directed and you should see a difference almost immediately. Continue through the entire treatment, usually about 2 weeks, to get the most dramatic results. Most people can enjoy their new, dazzling white smiles for many months — or maybe even years if they are able to stay away from highly pigmented foods and beverages and maintain consistent oral hygiene practices.
Benefits of Professional Whitening
Since this treatment allows you to take your whitening home, you don’t have to be available during our office hours just to give your smile the touch-up it needs to stay bright. You have the freedom to whiten teeth whenever you want, wherever you want. In many cases, patients will whiten teeth before bed, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do so during your morning commute or on a flight during your vacation!
Furthermore, only professional whitening solutions use custom-made trays. You cannot get this option from store-bought aligners since they are mass-produced. Utilizing custom-trays ensures that you’re getting even coverage and prevents bleaching gel from leaking. Exposure to oxygen reduces the gel’s ability to bleach teeth properly, which is just another reason why professional solutions often provide better results.
Understanding the Cost of Teeth Whitening
The best way to determine a precise cost for your treatment is to schedule a consultation with our office. During this appointment, you’ll get a chance to discuss your smile goals with Dr. Patel. He’ll go over the details of your treatment, the cost of the gels used and the cost of future supplies of whitening solution. The amount you spend on future gel vials can vary on your eating and drinking habits as well as your oral care.
Are you interested in getting a professional teeth whitening treatment? If so, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Summit Family Dentistry. Most adult patients are eligible for this treatment, and many teens can undergo it as well. We can’t wait to help our Erie County friends and neighbors smile with dazzling confidence thanks to professional teeth whitening!