Almost everybody suffers from tooth discolouration at varying degrees. Even if you follow proper dental hygiene practices like brushing, flossing, and regular visit a dentist, some certain environmental factors, medications, or foods may eventually contribute to your teeth discolouration.
Fortunately, there are professional teeth whitening products that are incredibly effective in whitening your teeth and eliminating stains to give you a natural white smile.
Nowadays, there are several over-the-counter teeth whitening options out there that you can choose from. However, it is advisable that you undergo a professionally-handled and dentist-supervised teeth bleaching treatment. This gives you a safer and more dependable result.
At Dentist Tomball Tx, our professional cosmetic dentists provide both at-home and in-office teeth bleaching treatment from trusted and reputable manufacturers.
Mind you, your teeth whitening results would vary depending on the teeth bleaching treatment option you choose and your oral health. However, most patients who had undergone teeth bleaching treatment were satisfied with the treatment outcome.
More so, the teeth whitening treatment is non-invasive and convenient with rare and mild side effects. With a professional teeth whitening treatment, you would enjoy a dramatically improved self-confidence and white smile.
Though the terms “teeth whitening” and “teeth bleaching” are usually used interchangeably, they are technically different. Teeth whitening is the process of removing food bits or debris from the teeth, while teeth bleaching is the process of lightening the teeth beyond their natural shade. All teeth bleaching products should contain bleach (carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide). During teeth bleaching, the oxygen molecules in peroxide penetrate your teeth enamel and break apart the chemical bonds between the teeth and the stains.
Are You Eligible for Teeth Whitening Treatment?
Since teeth whitening treatment is a low-risk dental process, it is suitable for almost all patients with mild to moderate stained/discoloured teeth but want to achieve a sparkling white smile.
Nonetheless, there are some factors that may prevent patients from being eligible for teeth whitening treatment. These factors include:
Dental restoration treatment
If you have your dental restorations, such as dental bonding, dental crowns, or porcelain veneers, stained or discoloured, you are not eligible for the teeth bleaching treatment. This is because, unlike natural teeth, dental restoration materials do not respond to bleaching agents.
Typically, if you have dental restorations on your front-facing teeth, instead of choosing teeth whitening, you would need to replace your restorations. Your new restoration would match the enhanced colour of your smile.
You cannot eliminate intrinsic stain with teeth whitening procedures. Intrinsic stains are white spots on the teeth, grey discolouration, or discolouration as a result of a “dead” tooth. Intrinsic stains affect the inner enamel of your tooth. Hence they are not affected by bleach. Teeth whitening treatment is very effective on extrinsic stains (brown or yellow stains that affect the outer layers of your teeth). However, there are some new deep teeth whitening/bleaching products that can eliminate both intrinsic and extrinsic stains.
Worn Down Enamels
Patients with worn down enamels or extreme teeth sensitivity cannot undergo teeth bleaching procedure. The teeth bleaching treatment would only worsen these dental conditions.
Temporomandibular Joint Disorder or Bruxism
Patients suffering from temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) or teeth grinding (bruxism) may not be eligible for the teeth whitening treatment. This is because the whitening trays may exacerbate these dental conditions. However, if any patient suffering from these dental conditions wishes to undergo teeth whitening treatment, he or she may be a better candidate for in-office teeth whitening.
Cost of Teeth Whitening Treatment
The total cost of teeth whitening treatment varies depending on the following factors: the duration of your whitening treatment, the dentist chosen for the treatment, the type of whitening procedure chosen, etc. However, the type of whitening procedure chosen is the major factor that determines the cost of the whitening treatment.
Over-the-counter whitening treatment: typically, the cost of over-the-counter whitening treatment range from about $5 to $50. This treatment option is the cheapest form of teeth whitening treatment and also the least effective. Most times, inexpensive whitening products are used for the over-the-counter whitening treatment. Some of these cheap products contain toxic levels of peroxide.
Take-home treatment: this treatment option normally cost about $200 to $400. This figure includes the costs of whitening trays and gel. The longer your take-home treatment, the higher your final cost of treatment.
In-office whitening treatment: the in-office teeth whitening treatment cost about $300 to $1000. The total cost of treatment depends on the total number of treatment sessions you undergo and how advanced your In-office whitening treatment is, such as laser whitening.
Note that these prices are estimates. Irrespective of your treatment option, there are factors that would make the cost fluctuate slightly.
Types of Over-the-Counter Whitening Methods
The following are the various over-the-counter whitening methods. Remember, these methods are the cheapest form of teeth whitening.
- Gel: how powerful this whitening method would be depends on the type and strength of the gel you choose.
- Pre-made whitening trays: these whitening trays are not customized so they may so fit comfortably on your teeth. More so, the gel may ooze out and cause some undesired irritations to your gingival tissue. However, the dentist-provided trays are recommended.
- Rinses: these are teeth whitening mouthwashes that contain small amounts of peroxide. Most dentists believe that this method is not so effective because the peroxide only contacts your teeth for about 60 seconds.
- Whitening Strips: these are thin pieces of peroxide-coated plastics, which are attached to the front of your teeth and worn for about 30 minutes daily for two weeks. This method is a more effective do-it-yourself whitening treatment.
- Toothpaste: These are strictly teeth whitening products and not teeth bleaching products. They have a mildly abrasive effect and lighten your teeth by a shade.
How to Choose a Whitening Provider
There are several dentists who offer teeth whitening treatment. Therefore, it is important that you carefully choose who conducts your cosmetic treatment for you. Make sure that you check the level of experience and the level of training of the dentist in whitening treatments before sealing a deal.
More so, ask the dentist for past results and see if you are comfortable with the final results i.e. is there any noticeable difference between the “before and after” whitening treatment? Also, ask your friends about the dentist’s reputation. If possible, check review online.
Finally, make sure that you have a personal connection with the dentist. You must be able to feel comfortable with the dentist. Therefore, choose a dentist who will listen to your dental needs and goals.
In conclusion, you may fancy the teeth whitening treatment but only your dentist can determine whether you are indeed eligible for the teeth whitening treatment or not. Your dentist would first have to examine your teeth and gums before discussing your likely results and goals.
You can visit our teeth whitening page to learn more about teeth whitening or teeth bleaching procedures. And in case you have any question, don’t hesitate to contact us today and our friendly and professional dentist would be happy to provide you with answers to your questions.