Teeth Whitening – Redmond
Our goal at Redmond Signature Dentistry is to help you fall in love with your smile. Our highly trained and experienced teeth whitening team will work with you to brighten your smile and achieve the look you desire.
Whitening Your Teeth: What Are Your Options?
There are several ways to achieve brighter teeth, and the Redmond Teeth Whitening team can help you find the right method for you. The American Dental Association notes that whitening treatments can be effective on intrinsic and extrinsic stains.
- Extrinsic stains: usually occur from “environmental factors or behaviors such as tobacco use, exposure to metals, or consumption of highly pigmented foods (wine, coffee, tea, cola).”
- Intrinsic stains: occur within the enamel from genetic disorders, age, or antibiotic use.
There are two main types of teeth whitening: professional, in-office teeth whitening performed by a dentist and at-home teeth whitening kits that you can use in the comfort of your own home.
- In-office bleaching: Redmond Signature Dentistry’s in-office teeth bleaching is one of the fastest and most effective ways to achieve dramatic results. We use a stronger bleaching agent than what’s available for at-home treatment, and we can protect your gums and other soft tissues from the bleaching agent.
- At-home bleaching: You’ll need custom-fitted mouth trays for this method of teeth whitening. We’ll take impressions of your teeth so that the trays fit snugly against them. You’ll apply a small amount of bleaching gel to the trays and wear them for a prescribed period of time each day.
Regardless of your chosen method, our Redmond Signature Dentistry team will ensure that you understand how to use it properly for the best results.
Teeth Whitening FAQs
Most whitening products contain either hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. When the bleach touches the stain on your teeth it causes a chemical reaction that breaks the stain down. You will then notice a brighter smile since the staining becomes less concentrated.
Whitening does not correct all types of discoloration. It is important to meet with our team to ensure that whitening is the right choice for you. It is also important to note that whitening does not work on existing restorations such as crowns, fillings, or veneers.
The teeth whitening process can vary from patient to patient. Typical results can be seen within a week. If you have our In-Office Whitening done, you will see results the same day.
Our office has many different types of whitening procedures, so you may pick the right one for you. We offer Custom Take Home Trays with Bleach Refills Packets, Disposable trays, and In-Office Bleaching.
Professional dental cleaning is typically recommended before whitening your teeth. Cleaning helps remove plaque and tartar making it easier for the doctor or yourself to whiten all surfaces of your teeth.
Teeth whitening does not damage your enamel! You may have temporary sensitivity but that does not mean any long-term damage.
Teeth whitening can sometimes cause sensitivity. In most cases, the sensitivity is only temporary. We suggest taking a break from whitening until the sensitivity is gone, and then trying again in moderation!
No. Whitening products only work on your natural tooth enamel. If you plan on getting any cosmetic dental work and are interested in whitening, let the doctor know so you can get a shade that will match once the whitening process is complete!
The average teeth whitening results can last anywhere from 6 months to 3 years. It varies from person to person. However, brushing your teeth twice a day and keeping up with your home care can help extend the results. Avoiding foods and drinks that stain your teeth also helps the whitening effects last longer!
If you’re looking to brighten your smile, call us today!