If you would like to improve the appearance of your smile without investing lots of time or energy in the process, professional teeth whitening can provide a perfect option. Dr. Ray and Dr. Natalie offer two options in teeth whitening to help you reveal your most attractive smile at the pace you are comfortable with: in-office Zoom! Whitening and take-home professional teeth whitening from our Las Cruces, NM cosmetic dentist.
There are a number of factors that may have caused your teeth to lose their luster over time. Or maybe your teeth have never been as white as you would like -- genetics also play a role in the color of your tooth enamel.
Some of the most common factors causing tooth staining or discoloration include:
No matter what caused your teeth to look less than their brightest, a professional teeth whitening treatment can provide significant help.
In-office whitening is a wonderful option for people with more flexible budgets who wish to reveal their results quickly. The Zoom! Whitening option works in a single visit to our dental office and can whiten teeth by up to 8 shades. It can erase even significant stains, like those left by medications.
To apply Zoom!, your dentist or hygienist uses a special barrier to cover your gums, tongue, and cheeks, leaving only your tooth enamel exposed. The Zoom! gel is then painted onto the surface of the teeth where it is activated under a special light in 3 separate 15-minute intervals. After the treatment is complete, you will take home a touch-up kit to use as needed, usually several months later.
Patients who are not in a hurry to enjoy their results may prefer a take-home treatment, which is completed over the course of one to two weeks. Your dentist creates customized trays that you will fill with the high-powered bleaching gel and wear for 20 to 30 minutes each night. The treatment is usually complete after one to two weeks.
We know you will love your bright white smile after the teeth whitening treatment is complete. To maintain your dazzling results, try to avoid the things that caused your tooth enamel to discolor in the first place -- like black coffee and dark sodas. If you can’t give them up, use a straw to prevent them from coming into contact with your tooth enamel.
Visiting your dentist every six months will also help your teeth continue to dazzle, since we will remove plaque, tartar, and finish the visit off with a thorough polish. That’ll keep you smiling healthy and bright for years to come!
If you are interested in how we can help you enjoy a stunning smile with professional teeth whitening, we would love to discuss your treatment plan. You are invited to request an appointment at Painted Skies Dental Center today!
Do you want to light up every room you walk into with your smile? Teeth whitening in Las Cruces may be the right cosmetic solution for you! To learn more, check out the answers below to some of the most common questions about professional whitening treatment. When you’re finished reading, don’t hesitate to contact our office to schedule a consultation.
Since professional whitening treatments are entirely custom, you are significantly less likely to experience tooth sensitivity compared to over-the-counter whitening kits. If your teeth are more prone to sensitivity, don’t hesitate to let your dental team know. There are various steps both your dentist and you can take to help avoid unpleasant tooth sensitivity. For example, Dr. Ortiz may recommend spaced-out whitening treatments instead of one single treatment. In addition, avoiding hot beverages after whitening treatment and using a specialty toothpaste can reduce the likelihood of experiencing tooth sensitivity.
Some patients are tempted to try “do-it-yourself” whitening treatments using recipes and guides they find on the internet. However, products that aren’t approved by the FDA and ADA have not undergone rigorous testing, which means they could potentially cause harm in the short and long term. When it comes to your smile, there is no room for error, which is why it is crucial to only use products that are designed specifically for your teeth and gums. Professional whitening treatments administered by a cosmetic dentist in Las Cruces are considered extremely safe. Custom trays ensure the whitening solution does not spread to your gums or accidentally get ingested. Moreover, Dr. Ortiz can adjust the percentage of the solution to guarantee you safely get the bright, white results you’re looking for.
No, dental crowns, veneers, and other restorations cannot be whitened like your natural teeth. In fact, whitening gels can weaken the bond between your tooth and restoration, which can cause complications. Before beginning whitening treatment, make sure to share your dental history with your dentist. Fortunately, you can help prevent your dental crowns from discoloring by practicing excellent oral hygiene at home and attending regular dental checkups. Avoid smoking and limiting your consumption of dark-colored foods and liquids will also help keep your restoration the desired color. If you are unhappy with the shade of your crown, it can be replaced to better suit your smile goals.
The results of professional teeth whitening in Las Cruces can last up to several years. How long your smile stays bright depends entirely on how you care for your teeth! Be sure to brush twice a day for two minutes each time with a soft-bristled toothbrush. In addition, floss daily and rinse with mouthwash regularly. Next, make sure to attend dental checkups and cleanings every six months. These routine appointments allow your dentist to clean the hard-to-reach areas of your mouth, prevent stains from developing, and catch dental concerns (like gum disease) in the early stages. The foods and drinks you consume will also influence how long your teeth whitening results last. Limit coffee, red wine, pasta with red sauce, and other dark-colored foods and beverages. Quitting poor dental habits, like smoking, is important too.