If your teeth are yellowed and stained from years of smoking or drinking coffee, tea, and soda, and you want to whiten your smile fast, Jason L. Downey, DDS can provide you with in-office teeth whitening treatments at our office in Las Vegas, NV. Dr. Downey offers the state-of-the-art in-office teeth whitening treatment Opalescence® to help patients achieve a brighter, more beautiful smile in a single office visit.
Although there are numerous over-the-counter teeth whitening products available, professional in-office teeth whitening is the fastest, safest, and most effective treatment to achieve the smile you desire.
In-office teeth whitening is a fast and safe way of brightening your smile.
What is In-office Teeth Whitening?
In-office teeth whitening treatments are a safe, non-invasive cosmetic treatment to whiten your teeth. Dr. Downey offers both in-office and at-home whitening options to our patients, and will help you choose the right treatment during your consultation. In-office treatments use a 40 percent hydrogen peroxide bleaching gel, which we apply to your teeth to remove deep stains on the surface and in pores of tooth enamel. Since it is administered under the supervision of a professional, it is safe, fast, and delivers immediate results.
What to Expect
Prior to your in-office teeth whitening treatment, you will have an initial consultation with Dr. Downey to determine if you are a candidate for the treatment. He will examine your teeth and gums and discuss your budget, lifestyle, goals, and desired results. He will also conduct a shade analysis of your teeth to match your current and desired shade to a guide.
Before treatment, your teeth and gums will be cleaned to remove any food particles and bacteria that could interfere with the whitening gel. Dr. Downey will use a protective barrier to prevent the whitening gel from coming into contact with your gums, which could cause irritation. He will then apply the whitening gel to your teeth in an even coat over the enamel. You will sit with the gel in place for a set period of time. Some treatments require the gel to be reapplied multiple times. Most in-office whitening treatments take an hour or less.
Although there are numerous over-the-counter teeth whitening options available, professional, in-office teeth whitening is the safest, fastest, and most effective treatment to brighten your smile.
Additional maintenance treatments may be necessary if your teeth become stained and darken again over time. It is important to continue good oral hygiene practices after your treatment to deter future stains. You should also avoid smoking, regularly drinking coffee, soda, black tea, or red wine, and refrain from eating or drinking too much of anything high in acid, as they can promote stains. Use a straw to drink citrus beverages and sodas, to keep the acidic drinks away from your teeth.
Long-term risks from teeth whitening are rare, but are a possibility. They can include temporary or permanent tooth or gum sensitivity, damaged dental roots, erosion of the enamel, and uneven results. Most damage from teeth whitening is associated with at-home and over-the-counter treatments due to over-whitening or improper use. Dr. Downey will go over these risks with you prior to your treatment and can address any questions or concerns.
In-office teeth whitening treatments are performed by a dental professional, are non-invasive, and are the safest and most effective treatment option. In-office treatments can whiten teeth several shades in just a single, one-hour treatment, offering the fastest results. Having a whiter smile improves self-confidence, which can have a positive impact on both your personal and professional life.
In-office teeth whitening is a safe and effective option for most adults (and teens, with dentist and parent approval) with mild to moderate discoloration from extrinsic (surface) stains. Patients should understand that dental restorations such as porcelain veneers, crowns, or dentures do not respond to whitening agents. Also, patients with intrinsic stains in the underlying layers of the tooth would not benefit from teeth whitening treatments. Additionally, teeth whitening may not be right for patients with extreme sensitivity or weak enamel.
If you are ready for a vibrant and more confident smile, contact us to schedule your teeth whitening consultation. We can help you achieve your goals in just a single office appointment.