Brighten Your Smile with Teeth Whitening
When your teeth are discolored, it is easy to feel self-conscious about your smile. A dentist-supervised teeth whitening treatment is a fast and easy way to brighten the color of your teeth and enhance your appearance. At Larsen Family Dental in Bountiful, UT, we provide both in-office and at-home whitening treatments using Opalescence®. While in-office treatments offer results more quickly, at-home whitening allows you to set your own pace. Dr. Paul Larsen can perform teeth whitening as a solo treatment or as part of a comprehensive smile makeover plan.
Candidates for Teeth Whitening
Teeth whitening is a safe procedure and accessible to the majority of patients with mild to moderate discoloration. As with all cosmetic dentistry procedures, it is important you are in good oral health before beginning treatment. There are certain conditions which may prevent you from receiving a bleaching treatment, including:
- Intrinsic stains which affect the underlying layers of the tooth
- Extreme dental sensitivity
- Worn enamel
- Grinding or clenching your teeth
Restorations such as porcelain veneers and dental crowns are resistant to bleaching agents. If you have either and wish to whiten your teeth, you will likely need to replace your restoration to achieve uniform results. Dr. Larsen can design and place a new restoration that blends with the enhanced color of your smile.
Whitening at Home
Whitening your teeth at home allows you to undergo treatment at your own pace. Unlike many over-the-counter whitening systems, our kits from Opalescence contain safe levels of the bleaching agent so you can brighten your smile without worrying about damaging your enamel.
As part of your take-home kit, we provide customized whitening trays designed to fit comfortably and securely. When you are ready to use the trays, you can fill them with the whitening gel and then place the tray over your teeth. You will wear the trays for a predetermined amount of time, depending on the concentration of the bleaching agent.
Whitening your teeth in our office allows you to brighten your teeth by several shades in about an hour. During the treatment, a hygienist will first clean your teeth to ensure no food particles or other debris interfere with the whitening agent. Then, Dr. Larsen will cover your gums with a protective film to prevent irritation.
At our office, we provide a special bundle for in-office whitening patients which includes the take-home kit, as well as two “boost” treatments.
When your teeth are prepared, Dr. Larsen will apply a layer of the whitening agent and wait 10 minutes for it to begin dissolving the stains. Typically, whitening treatments require several applications to achieve the desired results. At our office, we provide a special bundle for in-office whitening patients which includes the take-home kit, as well as two “boost” treatments.
Maintaining Your Results
Every smile responds differently to the teeth whitening process. Results may vary depending on your oral hygiene and diet. Taking good care of your teeth and attending regular professional cleanings at our office can prevent stains from returning. You should also avoid stain-producing habits, such as smoking and excessive consumption of black tea, coffee, or other highly pigmented foods.
Enhancing Your Smile
If you are self-conscious about the appearance of your smile, whitening your teeth is an easy and effective method to enhance it. At Larsen Family Dentistry, we offer a range of other cosmetic treatments which you can combine with whitening for a more dramatic result. For more information about our services, contact us online or call our office at (801) 295-8881 today.
“Larsen Family Dental is the best! I wouldn’t go anywhere else. They are all very friendly and great to work with.” -Alison