Teeth whitening can reverse stains caused by smoking, drinking beverages like coffee, and even yellowing caused by the natural aging process. It works by using chemicals called “peroxides.” The two most commonly-used peroxides are hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxide.
When they're applied to the teeth, these volatile chemicals contact organic stains on your teeth and snap the bonds that attach them to your enamel. This, in turn, “bleaches” the enamel, restoring its white color and enhancing your smile. To learn more and see if you’re a candidate for teeth whitening at A Street Dental, contact us for a consultation.
You shouldn’t use charcoal toothpaste to whiten your smile. It may contain harsh abrasive molecules that could damage your teeth.
First, you’ll come in for a consultation at our dental office in Grants Pass. Dr. Blake Anderson will examine your teeth and assess your smile, and help you decide if whitening is right for you.
In-office whitening offers fast results. In this treatment, Dr. Anderson will apply a powerful whitener directly to your teeth at our office. You can whiten your smile up to 5-10 shades in one appointment.
Take-home whitening uses custom-fitted whitening trays and a set of professional-grade whitening products. You’ll whiten your teeth in the comfort of your own home, which makes this a very convenient whitening method.
Once your teeth have been whitened, you may need periodic touch-ups to keep them bright. Dr. Anderson will keep an eye on your smile during your routine six-month visits to our office, and provide you with the care you need to keep your smile looking bright and beautiful.
In-office whitening is a great choice if you’re looking to whiten your teeth fast. The process only takes about an hour, and leaves you with a smile that’s much brighter.
To begin, Dr. Anderson will clean your teeth, then protect your gums, tongue, and cheeks from the whitener. Then, he will apply a coat of whitener, use a UV light to activate it, and then leave it in place for a few minutes. After that, he’ll rinse away the whitener and repeat this process until your teeth have reached the desired brightness.
Take-home teeth whitening takes longer, but it’s a great option if you want to treat yourself at home. First, you’ll come into our office for a quick visit with Dr. Anderson. He’ll take impressions of your teeth and send these to a dental lab, where a set of custom-fitted whitening trays will be made.
Once your trays arrive at A Street Dental, you’ll come back to pick them up. You’ll also get a set of whitening products and instructions from Dr. Anderson. Just follow these instructions to whiten your teeth at home. Most patients whiten their teeth for about an hour each day for 2-3 weeks.
Drinking out of a straw can help reduce stain buildup!
Yes, but whitening-induced sensitivity will go away once your treatment is over. Until then, we recommend using a toothpaste like Sensodyne. You can also take over-the-counter medication to relieve discomfort, and avoiding very cold and hot foods may also help.
Make sure you brush at least twice a day for two minutes, floss once per day, and see the dentist every six months for a teeth cleaning. You may also want to reduce your consumption of coffee, tea, wine, and other staining beverages. Drinking these with a straw can also help reduce stain buildup on your teeth.
Using whitening toothpaste and/or mouthwash at home is also a good way to prolong your results. Make sure you only use products that are accepted by the ADA (American Dental Association) and follow the instructions on the package closely to avoid over whitening.
Your teeth are like sponges and absorb stains.