Teeth discoloration is one of the most common cosmetic complaints we hear from our patients. We offer our patients customized take-home teeth whitening kits that brighten the teeth by several shades over the period of a couple of weeks.
One of the most common complaints we hear from patients is that they are dissatisfied with the color of their teeth. Even patients who maintain strict oral hygiene habits may find that their teeth have lost their naturally bright, white sheen. Over time, the teeth can begin to yellow while wear and tear can cause them to appear dull and even gray. Habits such as wine and coffee drinking or smoking can also lead to discoloration or surface stains. Fortunately, professional-grade at-home teeth whitening kits, available at our Levittown cosmetic dentistry practice, can restore teeth to their original radiance.
At 4Excellence in Dentistry, we offer our patients professional at-home teeth whitening kits. These kits allow our patients to achieve the dramatic results of professional teeth whitening in the comfort of their own homes and according to their own schedules.
Each teeth whitening kit comes with custom-crafted whitening trays. During an appointment at our office, impressions are taken of the teeth. The resulting molds are sent to our trusted dental laboratory where personalized whitening trays are fabricated. Because the trays are custom-fitted, they not only fit comfortably, but also make proper contact with the teeth without over-exposing the sensitive tissue of the gums to the whitening solution (a common problem with over the counter teeth whitening kits).
When the trays are complete, the patient returns to pick them up and receive thorough instructions on how to apply the bleaching gel, how to wear the trays, and how often and how long the trays should be worn. We also make note of the patient’s current tooth shade so that results can be monitored at the end of treatment. Typically these whitening trays are worn for an hour a day over a two-week period. The take-home kits can then be used for touch-ups as needed.
One of the primary benefits of professional teeth whitening in general is that it can be performed on its own or in conjunction with other treatments as part of a more comprehensive smile makeover plan. For instance, a patient can whiten his or her natural teeth before having porcelain veneers placed, and our dentists can then match the color of the veneers to the color of the newly whitened teeth. Teeth whitening can also be combined with Invisalign® treatment and other cosmetic dentistry procedures.
Other benefits for patients who undergo at-home teeth whitening can look forward to include:
- The convenience of whitening their teeth on their own schedules in the comfort and privacy of their own homes
- Improved safety and efficacy compared to over-the-counter whitening strips and solutions
- Lower cost than in-office teeth whitening treatments