Have you ever wished that your teeth were a few shades lighter and brighter? If so, you are not alone. Americans spend somewhere in the realm of $1.4 billion every year on store-bought teeth whitening products.
Unfortunately, these products are not regulated by the U.S. government and may or may not work. Do not waste your money on potentially ineffective products. Let our team at Cascade Dental Care handle all of your teeth whitening needs and leave you smiling brighter.
What Types of Whitening are Available?
There are many types of at-home teeth whitening options available. As mentioned above, they are not regulated and can vary widely in their effectiveness. These methods generally include bleaching, whitening strips, and whitening toothpaste.
Our office offers two primary types of professional whitening. The first type of whitening involves a peroxide-based bleaching agent that will leave your teeth several shades lighter after just one visit. The second type of whitening involves using a peroxide-based gel and a special light.
Both types of whitening offered by our team are highly effective and safe. The method chosen will depend on your needs and the amount of lightening that your teeth require. These procedures vary in cost as well, which will be discussed with you at length while planning your whitening treatment.
Why Should I Get Professional Whitening?
Professional whitening is strongly recommended over do-it-yourself options. At-home treatments are cheaper because they are generally ineffective and can even be dangerous to the health of your teeth. Whitening toothpaste has limited effectiveness because whitening procedures involve a combination of exposure time and product strength. At-home whitening toothpaste is generally too weak and not left on your teeth long enough to effectively whiten them.
Home bleaching kits generally contain a peroxide-based compound that is capable of effectively whitening your teeth. However, these products can damage your enamel if they are over-applied or are left on your teeth for an extended period of time. This damage can make your teeth susceptible to decay and sensitivity issues.
Professional whitening is regulated and proven to effectively whiten your teeth after the very first application. Our team will make sure that you are satisfied with your results. Do not risk your teeth by using unproven over-the-counter products.
How Many Visits Does Professional Whitening Take?
Teeth whitening can be completed in multiple sessions or as little as one visit. This largely depends on your teeth and the type of whitening procedure that you elect to undergo. Whichever route you choose, our team will provide you with a safe and enjoyable whitening experience.
The traditional bleaching method will involve at least two sessions ranging between 30 and 60 minutes each. These sessions will usually lighten your teeth by three to eight shades. More than two sessions will be required for more substantial results.
The other method involves a combination of whitening gel and a lamp and will take up to two hours. The primary benefit of this method is that it only requires a single visit to provide you with results.
Whether you want to use traditional bleaching methods or opt for the single visit treatment, our professionals at Cascade Dental Care can help. Call us at 360-916-4200 for all of your teeth whitening needs.