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Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is a non-invasive dental treatment performed to whiten the smile. At Valley Alder Family Dentistry, we offer an at-home teeth whitening treatment. An at-home teeth whitening treatment brings professional teeth whitening results to the patient’s home. Unlike store-bought whitening treatments, the Valley Alder Family Dentistry teeth whitening kit is completely customized to the patient’s smile.

Our teeth whitening kit is more safe and effective than store-bought kits. Teeth whitening is not permanent and may require touch-ups if the patient wishes to maintain the results. Teeth whitening patients should avoid smoking, coffee, tea, or wine to extend their results.

Teeth Whitening Reasons:

  • Fluorosis
  • Wear on the outer tooth layer
  • Stains or discoloration

Types of Tooth Stains

Tooth stains can be either intrinsic or extrinsic. Intrinsic tooth stains are inside of the tooth. Intrinsic tooth stains can be addressed with a porcelain veneer treatment. Extrinsic tooth stains are on the surface of the tooth. Teeth whitening can treat extrinsic tooth stains.

Teeth Whitening Candidates

Teeth whitening candidates may wish to improve the appearance of their smiles. Teeth whitening looks best on natural tooth enamel. Before embarking on teeth whitening, it is important to undergo an oral examination with the dentist to check for any old fillings or crowns and ensure their smile is eligible for the treatment. Patients must also be free of any gum disease, tooth decay, or infection. Dr. Patel will perform a complete oral examination to assess the health of the patient’s smile.

Dr. Patel may also perform a digital X-ray exam to further evaluate the patient’s oral health. If the patient is a candidate for teeth whitening, Dr. Patel will create a customized treatment plan for the patient. Dr. Patel will spend time educating the patient on the teeth whitening process and aftercare.

Teeth Whitening Process

The teeth whitening treatment requires two appointments to complete. During the first appointment, the molds will be made to create the trays for the whitening treatment. At the second appointment, the patient will try on the trays to ensure a proper fit.

The trays will be worn at home with the special whitening solution for either 30 minutes twice a day or overnight for a couple of weeks. Tray usage will depend on the patient’s desired results and the dentist’s expertise. Patients will receive detailed care instructions for the treatment and aftercare. Patients may experience slight tooth sensitivity following the treatment. Symptoms will subside after the treatment has been completed.

Teeth Whitening Aftercare

Teeth whitening results are long-lasting. Patients can maintain teeth whitening results by avoiding any food or drinks that can stain their teeth. Patients should also maintain a good oral hygiene routine. Poor oral hygiene allows bacteria and food debris to stick to the teeth and cause tooth discoloration. Dr. Patel recommends patients visit Valley Alder Family Dentistry for biannual visits for dental cleanings and examinations to maintain results.

Teeth Whitening Benefits

Teeth whitening is a noninvasive treatment that can transform the smile. The at-home teeth whitening kit from Valley Alder Family dentistry is an effective and safe treatment. A teeth whitening treatment is completely customized by Dr. Patel based on his expertise and the patient’s aesthetic goals for this treatment. Teeth whitening can enhance the appearance of the smile and boost self-confidence. Teeth whitening is a more conservative alternative treatment to veneers or crowns.

Visit Valley Alder Family Dentistry

Dr. Patel offers the leading dental treatments including the at-home teeth whitening treatment. Dr. Patel utilizes state-of-the-art technology and innovative techniques to help patients achieve their ideal smile. Smile with confidence at Valley Alder Family Dentistry. Contact our friendly staff today to book a teeth whitening appointment.