One of the easiest and most effective ways to dramatically improve the appearance of your smile is teeth whitening. In fact, it is one of the most sought-after treatments in cosmetic dentistry today because it’s easy to achieve a dazzling white smile quickly and affordably.
Dr. Matar offers a combination of teeth whitening treatments for our patients’ convenience. Professional whitening in our office transforms your smile in less than an hour, whitening your teeth by several shades. Take-home teeth whitening kits supplement our in-office treatment or can be used on their own by patients who don’t have the time to visit our office or who just want to whiten their teeth in the privacy of their homes.
Why Do My Teeth Look Dull and Dingy?
Teeth lose their bright, youthful appearance for a number of reasons. As we age, our tooth enamel becomes more porous and has a greater potential to attract and hold stains and tiny particles of food debris, causing our teeth to look dull. This is true of anyone, no matter how diligently you brush and floss. Another cause of tooth discoloration is the consumption of stain-producing foods and drinks like dark berries, coffee, and red wine. Using tobacco products also causes your teeth to become severely stained over time.
In-Office Teeth Whitening Treatments
Whitening treatments done in our Maitland dentist office are very effective and can lighten your teeth by several shades in one sitting. Professional teeth whitening erases stains on tooth enamel and gives you a healthier, brighter smile. We start by placing a protective gel on your gums and lips to prevent any irritation. The whitening solution is then carefully applied to all surfaces of your teeth, and a special light is used to enhance the effect of treatment.
Take-Home Whitening Kits
There are many over-the-counter products available that claim to whiten teeth. They may provide some whitening over a long period, but they are not as effective as a take-home kit provided by our Maitland dentist office. We take impressions to produce a flexible plastic tray that fits your teeth perfectly, allowing the whitening gel to come in full contact with all surfaces of tooth enamel. The percentage of whitening agent in professional take-home kits is also much greater than that in store-bought products.
The first step is to call our office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Matar so he can evaluate your overall oral health. We will discuss your oral hygiene practices and your expectations for whitening so we can decide which type of treatment will be most effective. Whether you choose in-office whitening or a take-home kit, a professional cleaning with our hygienist is strongly recommended so that you can get the most out of your teeth whitening treatment.