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Teeth Whitening

We Care Dental -  - Dentist

We Care Dental

Dentists & Denture Specialists located in Phoenix, AZ

White teeth are a feature that looks good on everyone. However, it isn’t always easy or even possible to keep your teeth at a perfect shade. At We Care Dental in Phoenix, Arizona, Brad Mladenov, RDH, and his team of dentists can make your teeth whiter with chairside or home treatments. For a more brilliant smile, call We Care Dental or book your appointment online today.

Teeth Whitening Q & A

What is teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening provides a way for you to correct the color of your teeth and enhance your overall appearance. Even if you’re dedicated to great oral hygiene and attend all of your professional cleanings at We Care Dental, your tooth enamel can gather stains from foods, drinks, and chemicals. Common causes of staining include:

  • Tobacco
  • Smoke
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Dark-colored sodas
  • Red wine
  • Berries
  • Certain medications

It doesn’t help that your tooth enamel is porous, so it absorbs pigment like a sponge. If your teeth look yellow or brown, teeth whitening can lighten their shade and make your smile look healthier. However, if certain teeth look gray, the team at We Care Dental might suggest a crown or veneer instead.

How does teeth whitening work?

We Care Dental provides you with several options for teeth whitening. Your dentist works with you to decide which fits best into your routine and will most successfully treat the degree of staining you have. You can get same-day treatment right after your consultation, if you choose. 

The team uses Philips Zoom!® professional whitening products, which are available in these two treatments:

Chairside whitening

During chairside whitening, the team takes note of the original shade of your teeth so you can see the difference when the treatment is finished. They apply the whitening product to your teeth as you sit in the dental chair. Then, they use an LED lamp to activate the whitening product. They complete this 15-minute process three times for a total of 45 minutes. Finally, the team applies a protective gel to your enamel to reduce sensitivity. 

Take-home trays

If you don’t have time for a chairside treatment, the team takes impressions of your teeth and uses them to make custom-fit trays. They give you a professional-grade whitening solution and instruct you on how to put it into the trays and wear them at home. After two weeks of using your trays regularly, you’ll see your desired shade of white.

How long do the results of teeth whitening last?

Both chairside and take-home whitening can result in a stunning difference for your smile. However, your teeth are still prone to staining. If you get chairside whitening, the team may offer you a touch-up kit to use at home to maintain your results.

To keep your teeth looking white for as long as possible, you should avoid tobacco use and limit the pigmented foods and drinks you consume. You can also maintain the results of your teeth whitening treatments by following a diligent oral hygiene routine and using a recommended whitening toothpaste. The team can tell you how often you can safely get whitening treatments as new stains appear on your teeth.

To find out more about teeth whitening, call We Care Dental or book your appointment online today.