Interested in getting a whiter smile but not exactly sure what teeth whitening treatment entails? Wondering if you should whiten at home or turn to our Lexington, KY, dentist Dr. Ballard Morgan? Here are the answers to some of the top whitening questions to help you make a more informed decision regarding the cosmetic dentistry you receive.
Which whitening options are available?
Along with the over-the-counter whitening products and kits you can get at your local drugstore, there are two main methods for getting a whiter smile from our Lexington office. These two options are: in-office and at-home whitening. Professional whitening can be a great way to get fast, effective results. If you’ve been trying commercial whitening products but haven’t noticed results, then it might be time to consider professional whitening treatment.
How white will my teeth get?
This will depend on several factors including the type of whitening treatment you opt for (in-office vs. at-home) and the severity of your dental stains. With professional in-office whitening, it’s pretty normal to get teeth a minimum of five shades whiter in just a single session; however, sometimes teeth can turn up to eight shades whiter after in-office whitening. We will work with you to create a whitening treatment plan that will give you the whitest results possible.
How long does professional in-office whitening take?
If you choose to come into our office for chairside teeth whitening, the treatment itself takes about 45 minutes; however, we will need to clean teeth beforehand to remove plaque and tartar buildup for better results. Altogether, the entire process usually takes about one hour.
How long will results last?
This will depend a lot on you and how well you care for your smile. Those who eat a lot of stain-producing foods and drinks (e.g. coffee; wine; curry) are more likely to see their results diminish quickly. Avoid stain-causing foods, make sure that you brush and floss regularly, and visit your dentist twice a year for cleanings. All of these smile-friendly habits could help you keep your results for up to a year or more.
Interested? Give us a call
Whether you have questions about getting teeth whitening or you want to schedule your first cosmetic dentistry session, call Morgan Dental Services in Lexington, KY, today at (859) 233-7700. A whiter smile is only a phone call away!