Your life will have big moments when you’ll want to look and feel your best. Everyone loves a healthy, attractive smile, but maybe you’re self-conscious about showing off your smile? Maybe your pearly whites aren’t looking so pearly or white anymore. If your smile needs a boost of confidence, professional teeth whitening treatments may be just what you need to have a smile you’re proud to show off! If you are in the Columbus, GA area and are considering professional teeth whitening, Dr. Albert Caves and his team at Caves Family & Cosmetic Dentistry can help.
How Do Teeth Get Discolored?
Even if you’ve conscientiously cared for your teeth by brushing and flossing daily as recommended by your dentist, discoloration of your teeth will still occur naturally over time. This process can also be helped along by other factors such as smoking or chewing tobacco or daily drinking of coffee, tea, cola or red wine. Even using certain prescription medications can cause discoloration.
Following your dentist’s recommendation of brushing twice daily and flossing at least once daily can slow this process down and help your smile stay brighter and healthier longer. However, it cannot reverse this process.
Columbus, GA dentist Dr. Caves offers patients the option of in office or take home teeth whitening. Both treatments can erase years’ worth of stains and restore a more youthful appearance for your teeth. A fresh, white smile can boost your sense of confidence and help you feel ready to meet whatever challenge you’re facing.
In-Office Teeth Whitening
Our fastest method of teeth whitening is the in-office procedure. This treatment takes a little over an hour and can produce results up to ten shades lighter. Results will vary depending on the severity and source of stains on your teeth. Some stains are more difficult to remove completely. Dr. Caves will discuss expected results prior to your treatment during your consultation.
The process of in-office teeth whitening usually goes as follows. First, we set up a protective barrier for your gums. Next, we brush a layer of maximum strength bleaching gel onto your teeth and activate the ingredients with a special light. This process may need to be repeated several times until your desired shade is achieved.
At-Home Teeth Whitening Kit
Our most convenient method for removing stains from your tooth enamel is at-home teeth whitening. This method utilizes custom-fitted trays that Dr. Caves creates in the office and maximum strength bleaching gel. The take home kit will provide results far superior to over the counter options such as whitening strips and toothpastes that you may see for sale at your local drugstore.
At home, you will fill the trays with gel and fit them over your teeth for the prescribed amount of time daily, often overnight while you sleep. The bleaching gel will remove stains and, because it contains fluoride, it will also reduce sensitivity and strengthen your enamel. After about a week of regular use, your teeth will look dramatically whiter. All our teeth whitening products are specially formulated to minimize tooth sensitivity and Dr. Caves carefully supervises teeth whitening treatments.
Teeth Whitening in Columbus, GA
For a consultation with Dr. Caves to discuss which teeth whitening treatment would work best for your needs, schedule an appointment with Caves Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Columbus, GA by calling (706) 407-4851 or request an appointment online.