Reverse Stains, Yellowing & Discoloration
If you would prefer to spend less time in the dentist’s chair and still get great results, take-home whitening is for you. You’ll come to our office to have molds taken of your teeth, then we’ll make a set of custom-fitted whitening trays that fit into your mouth perfectly.
Then, you’ll simply come to our office to pick up your trays and your whitening products, and to get instructions from Dr. Tuttle or Dr. Colt. Over the period of several weeks, you’ll wear your trays as instructed, and you’ll end up with a beautiful, professionally-whitened smile.
In-office whitening is the best option if you want fast results for a special occasion like a wedding or a photoshoot. In this process, Dr. Colt or Dr. Tuttle will apply a powerful peroxide to your teeth. Then, we use a special laser light to “activate” the peroxide whitener, enhancing its power and whitening your teeth quickly.
Usually, you can get a smile that’s up to 5-10 shades brighter in just a single appointment. So if you are ready to restore your smile and your self-confidence, contact us now and get the cosmetic care you need in Colorado Springs right away.
There are lots of different types of teeth whitening, but they all use the same active ingredients, known as peroxides. The most common types are hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxide.
Peroxides contain volatile oxygen molecules that have a strong reaction to the presence of stains on your teeth. They cause the bonds holding the stains onto your teeth to snap, “bleaching” the stain away and restoring the natural color of your enamel.
Teeth whitening can make your teeth feel more sensitive for a few days, but this will go away relatively quickly. If your teeth feel sensitive, you can brush more gently and use a toothpaste like Sensodyne. You may also want to avoid very hot or cold foods until the sensitivity goes away.
If your teeth are sensitive before teeth whitening treatment, you should discuss this with Dr. Colt or Dr. Tuttle. They may need to adjust the intensity of your treatment to ensure your teeth do not feel overly-sensitive throughout the teeth whitening process.
This depends on what type of whitening treatment you are undergoing. If you have selected an in-office whitening, then you can expect to see immediate results by the end of your appointment. Your teeth can be lightened by up to 10 shades in a single hour-long session.
However, you will see the full results within 24 hours. Since take-home whitening is a gradual whitening procedure that involves repeatedly whitening your teeth with trays every day for about 2 weeks, you will start to see results after a single use of your whitening trays but the final results will take longer than in-office whitening.
If your dentist tells you to wear the trays each day for 2 weeks, then you can expect the final results to appear at the end of the two weeks. This is because the concentration of peroxide in the take-home whitening gel is much lower than what the dentist uses in-office. While we can produce very similar results, it just takes repeated applications over a longer period.
Teeth whitening lasts anywhere from 6 months to 3 years because of the big variety in people’s lifestyles and oral hygiene. Those who consume a lot of staining foods and drinks, smoke, and hardly get regular dental cleanings are likely to see their whitening treatment fade sooner.
To prolong the longevity of your whitening treatment, we recommend that you avoid smoking and all tobacco products, reduce your consumption of staining foods and drinks, and go to the dentist once every 6 months for a dental cleaning and checkup.
Cleanings can remove surface stains from the teeth to reveal a whiter smile. They can also remove plaque buildup which causes a yellow sticky film of bacteria to form between the teeth and around the gumline which also contributes to discoloration. If you do all of these things, you will prevent tooth discoloration and reduce the need for frequent whitening touch-ups.