Teeth whitening has continued to gain in popularity in recent years, with many options available both in stores and in dental offices. Teeth whitening is a great way to quickly improve the look of your smile—especially if you are preparing for a special occasion such as a wedding, job interview, or reunion.
Teeth can become stained and dull for many reasons:
- The aging process, which can cause teeth to look yellow or brown
- Staining from certain medications (tetracycline, etc.).
- Staining from lifestyle habits such as consuming coffee, tea, and red wine, or using tobacco products
Why not boost the look of your smile with professional teeth whitening at our Chesterfield, MO dental office? For your convenience, we offer take-home whitening treatments.
Over-the-Counter Teeth Whitening
It can be tempting to pick up an inexpensive whitening kit at the drugstore, but how effective are over-the-counter gels, strips, and pastes? If you want to see dramatic results, you might want to save your money. The whitening kits you purchase in stores might remove some surface stains from your teeth, but most people won’t even notice any results.
The whitening gel used in over-the-counter products isn’t as strong as what you can get at your dentist. In addition, people tend to misuse these products, and the disappointing results attest to that.
Professional Teeth Whitening
When you opt for take-home teeth whitening, your treatment will likely require a first visit. At the first visit, Dr. Scott Mahlin and the team at Clarkson Dental Group will create impressions of your teeth so we can custom fabricate trays for your whitening treatment.
At your next appointment, you will try on the custom trays to ensure a proper fit. Adjustments can be made, if necessary. You will wear the custom trays with the professional-strength whitening gel for about 30 minutes a day (or overnight) for a couple of weeks until you achieve the desired results.
Dr. Mahlin likes to check patients’ progress, so he will often schedule a follow-up visit.
Is Professional Teeth Whitening Permanent?
Teeth whitening is not permanent, particularly if you indulge in the same habits that might have stained your teeth in the first place. Whitening will need to be touched up over time, which is a great way to use our at-home whitening kits.
Call to Learn More About Professional Teeth Whitening
Tooth whitening is a quick, affordable, noninvasive dental treatment that can whiten your natural tooth enamel. It is an ideal way to enhance the look of your smile. Join many of our happy patients who are thrilled with their brighter, whiter, more youthful smiles. Call today to make an appointment!