Tooth whitening is the most commonly requested cosmetic dental procedure in the US. It is a very effective and non-invasive way to make your smile look more youthful, healthy, and attractive. The treatment is relatively affordable and simple. It can be done in-office, at-home, or both.
It is normal for your tooth enamel to gradually accumulate stains as you age even if you brush and floss faithfully. However, the discoloration process can accelerate and become more obvious if you regularly consume coffee, tea, red wine, dark-colored fruit juices or soda, or if you use tobacco products.
Over-the-counter, retail whitening products may help reduce the appearance of surface staining. Most of our patients in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and nearby areas prefer the faster, more dramatic, and longer-lasting results of professional whitening.
Whitening only works on natural tooth enamel. Not all patients are suitable candidates.
Consequently, we recommend that your first step be a hygiene appointment (to remove tartar, plaque, and surface stains), followed by a dental examination. Dr. Presser will determine your suitability for successful whitening and evaluate the replacement of any old fillings or crowns. The placement of restorations will be done after bleaching so they will match the shade of your newly bleached teeth.
At-home whitening occurs at a time and place of your own convenience. However, it can take up to a few weeks to achieve maximum results. You will receive a custom-fitted impression of your teeth and a supply of professional strength peroxide gel.
A small amount of gel is dispensed into the upper and lower tooth trays. These are then worn for a specified time at recommended intervals. The custom trays are comfortable to wear and ensure that the gel actually stays in contact with your tooth enamel during treatment.
In every case, we will provide you with care instructions to ensure your comfort and the effectiveness of whichever procedure you select. If you have any questions about tooth whitening, contact Presser Dental Group by email or phone. You may also drop by our clinic!