The color of the teeth is one of the first features of the smile that we’re likely to notice. Even if a smile is straight and even, teeth that appear yellow or gray are likely to ruin the appearance of the smile. Fortunately, for many of our patients at Shreveport Bossier Family Dental Care, this is a problem that can be easily corrected. Our Shreveport cosmetic dentists offer professional teeth whitening to good candidates for the teeth whitening procedure.
So what makes a patient a good candidate for teeth whitening treatment? The most obvious factor is the color of the teeth. Candidates for teeth whitening include patients who are unhappy with the color of the teeth. This includes patients with teeth that have yellowed, teeth that appear gray in appearance, teeth with surface stains present, and even teeth that have just lost their luster. Thanks to the advances in teeth whitening, even stains that penetrate deeper into the surface of the tooth now respond to teeth whitening treatment.
One of the main side effects of teeth whitening is tooth sensitivity or gum irritation. While these side effects are less likely to occur in professional teeth whitening, where there is a professional supervising the treatment, it can also be avoided by making sure patients who undergo teeth whitening treatment have healthy gums and teeth. It is ideal for patients to be free of any major cracks, fractures, or areas of tooth decay. While the presence of cavities will not immediately disqualify a patient from teeth whitening treatment, our dentists are likely to recommend that any cracks or cavities be treated before teeth whitening takes place.
Teeth Whitening Treatment
For our patients who are candidates for teeth whitening treatment, we offer both in-office and at-home professional teeth whitening. In either case, for our patients in Memphis, teeth whitening can leave the teeth up to eight shades whiter.
Our in-office option for teeth whitening uses Zoom!® technology to provide our patients with dramatic results after just one treatment of roughly an hour. This teeth whitening treatment uses a bleaching gel that is applied by one of our cosmetic dentists and then exposed to a special light that speeds up the whitening process. Under the experienced care of one of our dentists, patients can be sure that the teeth whitening treatment will be fast, safe, and effective.
For those patients who prefer the convenience of an at-home treatment, we can provide them with custom made whitening trays and a whitening gel. Even though this treatment is completed at home, our professionals are able to supervise the treatment by making sure the correct amount of gel is provided and the trays contact the surface of the teeth that require treatment. This is a safer option than at-home whitening kits sold over the counter and also provides more dramatic results.
Schedule an Appointment
If you’re interested in improving the color of your teeth, schedule an appointment with one of our cosmetic dentists at Shreveport Bossier Family Dental Care. We are happy to examine your teeth and let you know if you are a good candidate for professional teeth whitening.