Teeth Whitening Dentist in Aurora

March 14, 2015 Tagged: , |

Dental Treatments

Dental whitening is one of the most popular procedures performed by a cosmetic dentist. Numerous treatment approaches are available to perform this procedure. Dr. Chris Baer provides both at-home and in-office teeth whitening solutions, depending on the patient’s needs. Patients in Aurora, Parker, Centennial, Denver, Elizabeth and Franktown, CO can receive this treatment from Dr. Baer.

What is Tooth Whitening?

Tooth whitening or tooth bleaching is a cosmetic dental procedure designed to improve the shade of the teeth by reducing stains and discoloration. The color reflected by the tooth enamel can become pale, dark, stained, or discolored due to various factors. Tooth whitening is an external bleaching process to remove the surface impurities and bring out the natural, brighter shade of the teeth.

The treatment is not permanent, but the results of an in-office dental whitening treatment may last for several months to a year. The treatment may be repeated once a year, under the guidance and supervision of a dentist, to achieve long-term sustainable benefits.

Marvelous Candidates

The following people may be awesome candidates for a teeth whitening procedure:

  • People with dark or stained teeth due to tobacco use.
  • People with tooth coloration due to prolonged use of beverages such as tea, coffee, and aerated drinks.
  • Those having poor dental hygiene due to improper cleaning of teeth.
  • Thinning of enamel and darkened dentin due to aging.
  • Tooth discoloration due to certain medications.

In-office Dental Whitening

Dr. Baer is an experienced cosmetic dentist providing in-office dental whitening to patients in Aurora, Parker, Centennial, Denver, Elizabeth and Franktown, CO. In-office whitening involves treatment of the outer surface of the affected teeth with a strong whitening solution containing hydrogen peroxide. The dentist will apply a substance on teeth to protect gums.

Thereafter, the whitening agent is applied on the teeth. A specialized light or laser will be focused on the targeted areas to allow the gel to get activated and the bleaching to be deeper and stronger. The in-office dental whitening procedure may involve a single or multiple appointments, depending on the patient’s condition of teeth and aesthetic goals.

At-home Whitening

This procedure begins with the dentist taking impressions of the lower and upper teeth in order to create custom-sized mouth trays to fit the teeth well. A close fit means that the bleaching agent will stay in place to work effectively on the teeth. Therefore, at-home whitening from a dentist is much more effective compared to over-the-counter whitening trays, which cannot provide custom trays or a strong solutions that a dentist can do.

At-home whitening is well-suited for patients who prefer to perform the treatment in the convenience of their home. The patient will fill each mouth tray with the bleaching gel provided by the dentist. The mouth tray can be worn at night or day for several hours at a stretch. The desired results may be achieved within two to four weeks in most cases. People with sensitive teeth, dental decay, or receding gums may not be ideal or text book candidates for at-home whitening or over the counter treatments.