Teeth Whitening Treatments
Teeth whitening procedures have become increasingly popular during the last years. As daily consumption of coffee, wine and other products that stain teeth have risen, so has the need to find procedures that work effectively to bring back a beautifully white smile.
At Dental Care of Westover Hills in San Antonio, Texas, we offer a variety of effective whitening solutions for our patients. Take a closer look at your options, below.
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Laser Teeth Whitening
Teeth whitening has become one of the first requests that dental patients have when visiting their dentist.
Laser teeth whitening is administered in a dental office exclusively and is the most expensive method for whitening. Bleach is applied to each tooth, and heat generated by a laser enhances its effectiveness while ultimately speeding up the process. This procedure uses a strong bleaching gel that the laser activates and enhances for quick, dramatic results. The bleach used is a hydrogen peroxide gel that ranges from 25 to 40 percent in concentration levels. With these high concentrations, special precautions are taken to reduce tooth sensitivity, as well as protect the lips, gums and other oral tissues from being damaged.
Laser teeth whitening takes about an hour in the dental office. Oftentimes, several treatments are needed to achieve the desired results and bleaching trays for home use may be needed as well to improve or maintain those results.
Laser teeth whitening isn't for everyone and is just one option to whiten your teeth. To find out more about teeth whitening, schedule a consultation at Dental Care of Westover Hills by calling us at 210-520-3400.
Opalescence Boost is a chemically activated power whitening gel that provides brighter, whiter teeth after just 40 minutes in the dental chair. The powerful 40% hydrogen peroxide gel is chemically activated, so it doesn’t require a hot, uncomfortable light to work.
Opalescence Boost consists of two syringes: The first contains 38 percent hydrogen peroxide, the active tooth whitening ingredient. The second syringe contains fluoride and potassium nitrate (PF), which helps strengthen tooth enamel, reduce sensitivity and protect against cavities. When mixed, the gel produces a distinct red color to help ensure correct placement and full removal of the product.
Safe and effective, Opalescence Boost usually takes only one dental visit to complete. While one visit is all you need to achieve a brighter smile, difficult stains or extreme discoloration may require additional treatments.
At Dental Care of Westover Hills, Opalescence Boost is just one of many teeth whitening options. Call us at 210-520-3400 to schedule a consultation.
Take-Home Whitening Trays
What makes over the counter teeth whitening kits so popular is that they can be done at home. These trays are available for both sensitive and non-sensitive teeth. Each teeth whitening kit consists of impression trays and teeth whitening gels. These "take-home trays" are engineered for anyone to use and come with instructions on how to perform the procedure yourself. The trays are also custom-made to go over your teeth with precision.
These trays, once made for you, can then be taken home as a teeth whitening kit along with the guidelines given by our dentist. The time period that they must remain on your teeth can vary according to your teeth whitening needs.
How They Work
Custom whitening trays are made of a clear plastic that comfortably adjusts when inserted. A small dollop of a gel is inserted in each tray, giving them their whitening properties. The gel consists of a hydrogen peroxide solution that actively whitens the enamel of the teeth.
After they have been used and are taken off, they need to be cleaned with a Q-tip or a cloth and rinsed. This makes them ready to be used again. It is not recommended to use them for at least another day, after each application.
These whitening trays can be used several times to achieve the desired results. Our dentist can further advice on how many times they should be used in your case.
If you are looking for effective and efficient teeth whitening procedures in San Antonio, Texas, with stringent quality standards and an excellent dentist, consult with Dental Care of Westover Hills. Not only do we offer great teeth whitening procedures, we also ensure that you receive proper aftercare and that you are fully satisfied with our services. Schedule your appointment today by calling 210-520-3400.