Do you wish for whiter teeth? Dr. Butler offers in-office tooth whitening, or customized bleaching trays which he can dispense for you to take home and gently whiten your teeth over a period of days or weeks. Ask which option is right for you!
If your teeth aren’t quite the shade of white you wish they were, you have several options for a whiter, brighter smile. Dr. Butler can provide in-office tooth whitening in our Kerrville dentist’s office, or give you customized bleaching trays for you to take home and use.
Tooth whitening is a process in which a bleaching agent is applied to the teeth to brighten the enamel and lift away stains. You may wish to ask for tooth whitening if:
Whiteners may not correct all types of discoloration. For example, yellow hued teeth will probably bleach well, brownish-colored teeth may bleach less well, and grayish-hued teeth may not bleach well at all. Likewise, bleaching may not enhance your smile if you have had bonding or tooth-colored fillings placed in your front teeth. The whitener will not affect the color of these materials, and they will stand out in your newly whitened smile. In these cases, you may want to investigate other options, like porcelain veneers or dental bonding.
We can whiten your teeth in our dental office using a special gel, mouthguard, and light system that takes around 30 to 45 minutes and can lighten your teeth up to 3 full shades in one treatment.
Dr. Butler can also create a set of custom mouthguards, and prescribe an ADA approved bleaching agent (normally carbonide peroxide) which you can use at home. Typically, you apply the gel to your teeth and wear the mouthguards twice a day for a short period of time, or overnight every night for two weeks.
There are several types of products available for use at home, which can either be dispensed by your dentist or purchased over-the-counter. Custom bleaching trays can be made in our dental office and trays with bleaching product can be sent home with patient for extremely successful bleaching.
Bleaching toothpastes do not actually penetrate and lift away stains; instead, they merely use abrasive compounds to scrub surface stains off of your teeth.
Tooth whitening can be continued every few months with at home systems, or conducted once or twice a year in the dentist’s office. Teeth can become sensitive for a few days after an in-office treatment, or during the period when you are using an at home bleaching solution. In many cases, this sensitivity is temporary and should lessen once the treatment is finished. Some people also experience soft tissue irritation – either from a tray that doesn’t fit properly or from solution that has come in contact with the gum tissues. If you have concerns about such side effects, you should discuss them with your hygienist or Dr. Butler.
If you would like to try tooth whitening to enhance your smile, call our Kerrville family dentist’s office at (830) 257-4900 and schedule an appointment today!