When you ask most adults what they would like to improve most about their smiles, the most common answer is, “I would like my teeth to be whiter and brighter!” Perhaps that is why the market today is flooded with teeth whitening options. The public is bombarded with ads on TV, radio and the internet, whitening kiosks at the mall, whitening treatments at day spas and beauty salons not to mention the direct mail ads from dentists themselves. It can be pretty confusing. So how can you sort through the hype to get the best teeth whitening available in Anchorage?
The answer is: information.The informationshould be from trusted sources such as the American Dental Association www.ADA.org , the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry www.AACD.com , and Dr. Terry Preece of Healthy Smiles Dental. The more you know, the better your decision will be to get the results you want.
The place to start is to have Dr. Preece examine your teeth and properly diagnose the cause of the stains or discoloration. There are several reasons for dark teeth and without knowing what causes the staining you could be spending money needlessly for products that won’t work. Dr. Preece can tell you if the stains are on the surface of the teeth and can be removed with a professional cleaning and polish or if they are deep inside the teeth and can only be removed with professional whitening products. Sometimes the teeth are discolored from old, stained, failing dental restorations that need to be replaced.
During your dental exam, you can discuss which of the three types of teeth whitening or combination will work best for your situation.
This category includes whitening strips, paint-on gels, mouth trays with gel and whitening toothpastes. These are generally less expensive but also less effective than dentist supervised systems. The concentrations of the products can vary widely and the non-customized trays can be uncomfortable and bulky to wear, often allowing the whitening gels to leak out. A few of these products can be effective if used properly after an accurate diagnosis.
These include custom made whitening trays and professional grade whitening gels. The gels can vary in formulation and concentration depending on the technique used. The trays can be worn at night or during the day. Dr. Preece can determine what regimen will work best for you considering your lifestyle, whitening goals and oral condition. It may take from one week to several months to achieve the desired whiteness level. Dr. Preece can also help you with any sensitivity issues which may arise.
In-office techniques are ideal for patients who gag while wearing trays, who need to whiten quickly for an upcoming event or don’t have the patience for the at-home technique. It usually requires 1-2 sessions lasting from 1- 1.5 hours each.
At Healthy Smiles Dental we have teeth whitening solutions in Anchorage to fit every situation and budget. We offer professional grade whitening strips, custom made take-home whitening trays for both day or night use and chairside in-office whitening for the busy on-the-go person.