Is your smile not as bright as it used to be?
As we age, our smiles can appear dull and tooth enamel can darken or become yellow. This is because common foods and drinks that we all consume contain staining agents that attach to our tooth surfaces over time. It can often be hard to feel confident with your smile if it is not bright and white. That’s why Larsen Family Dental offers teeth whitening solutions as a part of our cosmetic dentistry services. As a cosmetic and holistic dentist in Bountiful, UT, Dr. Larsen wants you to feel confident with your smile. We offer in-office and at-home teeth whitening treatment to best meet your unique needs. Regardless of the method you choose, teeth whitening noticeably brightens your smile by several shades.
Teeth Whitening in Bountiful, UT
When you schedule an appointment with Dr. Larsen, he will provide you with a smile consultation to determine if teeth whitening is right for you. As with all cosmetic dentistry procedures, it is important you are in good oral health before beginning treatment. Healthy and stable teeth and gums are the foundation for successful and lasting results.
Once it is determined that you are a good candidate for teeth whitening, Dr. Larsen will provide you with a treatment plan. Here are some commonly asked questions regarding our teeth whitening solutions:
What makes me a bad candidate for teeth whitening?
Teeth whitening is a great solution to treat mild to moderate tooth discoloration. However, if your tooth discoloration is severe, we may recommend porcelain veneers or dental crowns that would cover your entire tooth with a prosthetic white tooth. There are certain conditions that may prevent you from receiving a whitening treatment, including worn down enamel, extreme dental sensitivity, or intrinsic stains from certain medications or conditions which affect the underlying layers of the tooth.
What are common teeth staining agents?
Common foods and drinks that stain your teeth are coffee, tea, soda, tomato-based sauces, soy sauce, fruit juice, red wine, and assorted kinds of berries. Additionally, if you smoke tobacco, you are very likely to stain your teeth.
What is the at-home teeth whitening treatment like?
Whitening your teeth at home allows you to undergo treatment at your own convenience. Unlike many over-the-counter whitening systems, we provide customized whitening trays designed to fit comfortably and securely into your smile. This means that the whitening gel will be distributed evenly across all of your teeth and there will be no splotchy discoloration When you are ready to use the trays, fill them with the whitening gel and then place the tray over your teeth. Dr. Larsen will tell you how long to sit with tray in your mouth for your desired results.
What is the in-office teeth whitening treatment like?
Whitening your teeth in our office allows you to brighten your teeth by several shades in one appointment. We start off our in-office treatment with a thorough dental cleaning. Then, Dr. Larsen will cover your gums with a protective film to prevent irritation. 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.