Chandler Teeth Whitening
Teeth whitening is one of the simplest ways to improve your smile, making you look younger and feel more confident. Most people are good candidates for teeth whitening. However, it’s important to have any cavities or leaky fillings addressed before starting the process. Your teeth should also be clean before being whitened. Whitening a surface that’s already free of plaque and tartar will get you the best cosmetic results.
The Take-Home Teeth Whitening Process
Dr. Walden or Dr. Beavers will look at your teeth to ensure the enamel is in good condition and can withstand the strong peroxide bleaching gel we use. If you need a dental cleaning, we can schedule that. If your teeth have been cleaned recently, it likely won’t be necessary.
Next, we’ll take digital impressions of your mouth. Then, Drs. Walden and Beavers will use the impressions to create trays to hold the whitening gel against your teeth. These trays are customized for your mouth, so that every contour of every tooth is coated evenly.
The amount of time you wear the whitening gel trays at home depends on your desired results. Typically, patients wear the gel trays for one to two weeks. You need to wear the trays at least a half hour at a time.
Though the stains on your teeth will be removed permanently by whitening, you can still develop new stains. Frequent causes of teeth staining include:
- Red wine
You can maintain your new white smile with occasional peroxide gel touchups. Just save your custom trays. It also helps to keep your teeth clean and rinse with water after drinks like coffee and soda.
Over-the-Counter Whitening Kits
There are many products in the drugstore for whitening teeth, including toothpaste and whitening strips. There are also whitening gel kits that are somewhat similar to what Drs. Walden and Beavers can give you but aren’t as strong or effective. Your teeth just won’t get that white using drugstore products.
The biggest difference between kits a dentist can provide and drugstore kits is the peroxide gel’s strength. Additionally, the drugstore gel trays aren’t made for your unique teeth, so there may be gaps where the whitening gel doesn’t fully contact your enamel.
Some over-the-counter whitening products can damage teeth, leading to more stains. Our take-home kits won’t damage your teeth or existing dental work.
Will Whitening Fix Every Stain?
No, but it will fix most common tooth stains. Some stains are very stubborn, such as those caused by childhood use of the antibiotic tetracycline. If you have this type of staining, you can still get a whiter smile with dental bonding, veneers, or crowns.
If you’d like to schedule an appointment for teeth whitening, please call 480-755-1661. You may also fill out this form, and we will call you. If you’d like, you can schedule a complimentary consultation. That will allow you to ask Drs. Walden and Beavers your questions and learn about your whitening options.