Should You Whiten Teeth In-Office Or At-Home?

virginia beach whiteningTeeth stains can form for a number of reasons and leave you feeling embarrassed about your appearance. But our team can offer professional systems to brighten teeth, often by several shades. In today’s blog, your Virginia Beach, VA, dentist talks about our in-office and take-home whitening kits!

The Factors Behind Your Discoloration

Do you have unsightly yellow or brown stains on your teeth? These could be caused by plaque buildup, which makes discoloration more apparent and is often the result of a diet high in sugar or improper brushing and flossing habits. Consuming drinks with dark pigments, such as soda, red wine, coffee, and tea, could also discolor your smile. Smoking cigarettes or using tobacco products could also be a factor, as could infrequent visits for dental cleanings. Before we recommend a teeth whitening procedure, we will examine the smile to assess the cause and extent of your discoloration, so we know we select the right option.

In-Office Teeth Whitening

When people need results quickly, we may recommend the in-office teeth whitening procedure, which can brighten teeth by several shades in as little as one to two hours. The process involves our team applying a powerful bleaching gel to the teeth and then activating it with a light. This activates the bleaching ingredients, which then breaks up and removes stains, so your smile is noticeably brighter in only one visit.

Take Home Whitening Kits

To handle more severe discoloration, we may recommend our take-home trays. You stop by the office just long enough for us to create a set of plastic trays, which are custom-fitted for your smile. We send this home you, along with multiple plastic syringes of bleaching gel. At home, you add gel to the trays and wear them for a specific amount of time each day, usually about 45 minutes, and continue to do so for about two weeks. For some, teeth could be up to eight shades brighter. The trays and leftover gel are then yours to use for any necessary touch-ups in the months to come.

We can also recommend good oral hygiene habits to help your teeth stay bright, such as daily brushing and flossing, a healthier diet, and fewer drinks with dark pigments. We also urge you to see our team for a checkup and cleaning every six months. If you have any questions about how our team can help you achieve a brighter smile, then contact our team today.

Talk to Our Team About Teeth Whitening

Our team is ready to help find the best option for achieving a brighter smile. To learn more about removing unsightly teeth stains, then give us a call at Absolute Dental Care in Virginia Beach, VA at (757) 428-7440 to schedule an appointment.