Over time, thanks to essential cups of coffee and glasses of red wine, it’s normal to notice some staining on your teeth. Naturally, our teeth maintain a less-than-white color, so cosmetic whitening is a great way to add brightness to your smile.
At Madison Yards Family Dentistry, we specialize in offering affordable teeth whitening services to help you achieve optimal confidence. We’re proud to serve the Atlanta area with affordable teeth whitening you can trust, right here in the Grant Park neighborhood!
Should I Get My Teeth Whitened?
Teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dental treatments available. Almost anyone can be a good candidate for cosmetic teeth whitening! However, keep in mind that some teeth are harder to whiten than others. It’s also important to note that there is a difference between teeth whitening and teeth bleaching.
“Whitening” is the process of removing stains from your teeth to revert them back to their natural whiteness. “Bleaching” teeth involves changing the tooth from the inside out. During bleaching, peroxide is used to brighten the dentin inside your tooth which bleaches your whole tooth in turn. If you have severely stained teeth, you may consider bleaching instead of whitening, but all teeth will get brighter over time with either procedure.
Depending on just how white you want your teeth, you may take it a step further and opt for porcelain veneers. While veneers are a cosmetic option rising in popularity, this is a lengthy process and considerable financial investment. If you like the natural shape and appearance of your teeth, we recommend sticking with cosmetic whitening to brighten your existing teeth.
The In-Office Teeth Whitening Process
While you can buy over-the-counter whitening strips at the store, dental experts recommend visiting the office for better results via professional whitening. This ensures top rated results from dentists you can trust. The process of cosmetic teeth whitening looks like this:
Prepping Your Teeth
Before your whitening treatment, your teeth will be professionally cleaned by an expert hygienist. We’ll also perform a general dental exam to ensure there are no concerns about your overall dental health. This will include a screening for tooth decay, gum disease and more. If any problems are found, we may delay your whitening treatment. We’ll also take photos of your teeth to track whitening progress.
Our goal is to make the whitening process as comfortable as possible for you. First, a cheek retractor will be inserted in your mouth so that all of your teeth will be exposed for treatment. We’ll administer protective measures to your gums so they won’t experience irritation. Then, bleaching or whitening gel will be applied to your teeth. We’ll remove and replace this gel a couple of times every 15 to 30 minutes.
Your dentist will check periodically to decide whether or not you need more gel application. When they’re pleased with the outcome, the final gel will be removed as well as the cheek retractors, and then you’ll rinse your mouth. The true new color of your teeth will be revealed in about two days. If you’d like even whiter teeth, we can schedule a follow-up appointment.
In-office teeth whitening guarantees long-lasting, faster results. Tooth sensitivity is a common side effect but should go away within 48 hours. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any concerns.
The At-Home Teeth Whitening Process
Our Atlanta office also offers a set of personalized trays that fit snugly inside your mouth. Teeth whitening trays are available for purchase at our convenient location in Grant Park.
After our team takes an impression of your teeth, you may take this whitening kit home with you, complete with trays and dentist-grade whitening gel. In as little as two weeks, if you spend one hour a day with the trays in, you’ll see results. The effects aren’t as pronounced as in-office whitening, but much better than over-the-counter products.
Schedule Your Cosmetic Whitening in Atlanta Today!
Never underestimate the power of a smile you’re proud of. We look forward to helping you achieve that at Madison Yards Family Dentistry! Our office has a variety of financial options to make this treatment a reality for you. To get started on your journey to whiter teeth, simply give our team a call at (404) 836-4595! We hope to hear from you soon.