Many over-the-counter teeth whitening products promise brighter smiles. However, the safest and most effective whitening methods are found in a dental office. At Brentwood Family Dental, we provide options for attaining a brighter smile that are tailored to meet the individual needs of the patient.
We take the time to examine the mouth, teeth, and gums before recommending the best treatment for a patient. There are several reasons teeth become discolored including the consumption of certain foods and beverages, the natural process of aging, and smoking. Black teas and coffee, white and red wine, sports drinks, carbonated beverages, berries, and sauces are among the stain culprits that can leave a smile looking dull. Permanent stains can be left by medications such as tetracycline or excessive fluoride (fluorosis). When these stains are more difficult to remove with whitening, we may recommend another treatment.
We understand many of our patients are busy. Some patients need brighter smiles before attending a reunion or professional engagement. Our in-office whitening procedure may be most appealing to them. In about an hour, they can walk away with smiles up to eight shades brighter.
The Zoom! whitening system is utilized during our in-office treatment. We carefully protect the gums before applying a bleaching gel to the teeth. We then utilize a special light to activate the bleaching agents. We repeat this process a few times during the appointment to achieve optimal results.
Our take home system is another option we offer patients. Although the process takes about two weeks, patients can whiten their teeth in the comfort of home. After a consultation, we will take impressions of the mouth. These are used to customize whitening trays. We provide whitening trays and bleaching gel with instructions for achieving the best results. Patients can count on smiles up to four shades brighter.
For permanent tooth stains, we may recommend our 20 Minutes Smile. This involves placing composite resin on the affected teeth. The material blends naturally with the smile. Another treatment is porcelain veneers. These wafer thin shells can be placed over permanently stained teeth.
The Brentwood Family Dental team would love to help you attain the smile you desire. To schedule a consultation with our dentist, Dr. Jamil Alkhoury, call 925-344-5296.