A bright, white smile is one of the most sought after cosmetic dental treatments. Teeth whitening treatments range in price, and effectiveness. From over the counter options, to professional in office procedures, there are many treatment options for whiter teeth. Chesapeake cosmetic dentist Dr. John Cranham offers professional grade at-home teeth whitening kits for optimal results – at your convenience.
Take Home Bleaching Kits
At home teeth whitening kits have become widely popular. A cost effective alternative to in office treatments, take home teeth whitening kits yield gradual results for a beautiful white smile. Dr. Cranham will take impressions of your teeth to form custom fit bleaching trays. These trays will lay flat against your teeth for optimal whitening power. The custom fit trays also help to keep the bleaching agents from irritating your gums and other soft tissue.
Over the course of a few weeks you will wear custom fit bleaching trays for a few hours a night. You will begin to see results after a few days and teeth will continue to gradually whiten. If you are seeking instant whitening results, ask Dr. Cranham about Zoom! Whitening.
Professional take home kits generally produce more satisfactory results than over the counter options due to the advanced quality of material and custom fit bleaching trays. Patients who use professional take home kits tend to experience less tooth sensitivity and gum irritation than those who use over the counter options.
Results typically last about one year. Dr. Cranham offers touch up kits to help keep your teeth as white as the day you finished your initial teeth whitening kit. It is recommended to avoid heavy use of tobacco, coffee, tea, or red wine for longer lasting results.
Some tooth discoloration may be resistant to bleaching trays. Grey or brown tooth discoloration is often caused by an injury, illness or the use of certain medications. These stains may not whiten with bleaching trays. Our Chesapeake dentist office offers alternative cosmetic dental treatments that can whiten these teeth, such as porcelain veneers.
Dr. Cranham will conduct an oral health exam prior to whitening your teeth. Determining the cause of your tooth discoloration will allow for a more accurate and effective dental treatment. Dr. Cranham will help you build a treatment plan that will best achieve your cosmetic dental goals.
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