In-office and At-home Teeth Whitening for a Bright New Smile
Dull, yellowing teeth can hamper not just the beauty of your smile, but also your self-confidence. With in-office and at-home options, Dr. Eduardo Torrado offers convenient and effective teeth whitening treatment at his Rochester, NY, office.
Many patients prefer in-office teeth whitening treatments as they achieve immediate results in just one office visit. However, if you choose to undergo your treatment from the comfort of your home, you may prefer our whitening kits. At Torrado Dental, we will evaluate your health needs, budget, and lifestyle to help you select the right whitening method.
Candidacy for Teeth Whitening
Teeth whitening is effective for most patients with extrinsic stains (stains on the surface of the teeth). Our teeth can get stained due to certain foods and drinks, such as black tea, coffee, berries, red wine, and more. Genetics, smoking, and age can also cause discoloration.
Teeth whitening cannot treat intrinsic stains or internal discoloration, which can develop because of certain medications, trauma, or overexposure to fluoride during childhood. Dr. Torrado may recommend alternative treatments, such as porcelain veneers or bonding, to conceal intrinsic discoloration and enhance your smile. In addition, whitening may not be appropriate if your smile has severe structural damage. In this case, Dr. Torrado may recommend a full-mouth reconstruction to restore the health of your smile before pursuing cosmetic treatment.
Many patients prefer in-office teeth whitening treatments as they achieve immediate results in just one office visit.
Patients might assume that they would not qualify for teeth whitening due to dental sensitivity. However, modern whitening gels are gentle. Dr. Torrado offers treatment options that minimize discomfort, and he can ensure the gel will not come into contact with sensitive gums.
Teeth Whitening Options
In-office whitening may be the best option if you want a dramatically whiter smile in just one office visit. Prior to treatment, Dr. Torrado or a member of his team will place a sealant over your gums. The liquid will harden, forming a barrier that will keep the whitening gel, which contains hydrogen peroxide, from coming into contact with soft tissues in your mouth. Then your practitioner will coat your teeth with the gel, activating it with a special light. Your practitioner will wipe off the whitening gel and repeat the process two or three more times for optimal results.
At-home whitening may be a good choice if you are on a budget or if you want to whiten your teeth on your own time. Dr. Torrado will provide a set of custom whitening trays modeled on impressions of your teeth. You will fill the trays with whitening gel, and just like the solution used during in-office treatment, it will break apart dental stains. In most cases, you will need to wear your trays 30 minutes a day for two weeks.
Maintaining Your New Smile
It is important to take good care of your teeth to maintain the brightness of your new smile. Brushing, flossing, and routine visits to our dental office can prevent further discoloration, as well as keep decay and gum disease at bay. You should also be cautious and minimize your consumption of foods and beverages that can stain your teeth. Finally, you can receive regular touch-up treatments as directed by your dentist. Dr. Torrado can provide trays for touch-ups at home, or you can come into the office for repeat treatments.
Achieve a Dazzling Smile
Teeth whitening is a quick and affordable way to dramatically enhance the beauty of your smile. To learn more about teeth whitening and to schedule a consultation with Dr. Torrado, contact our office today.