Teeth whitening is generally considered safe, but some patients may be concerned that teeth whitening will lead to increased tooth sensitivity or pain. Some patients may also have restorations like metal fillings or crowns sensitive to active ingredients in whitening treatments. As your cosmetic dentist in Fullerton, CA, we want to ensure you are comfortable throughout your whitening treatment.
What Teeth Whitening Treatments Are Offered?
Teeth whitening is one of the safest dental treatments at the dentist’s office. Our office provides professional in-office and take-home whitening treatment. Boost in-office teeth whitening treatment uses effective gel with active ingredients that penetrate the enamel and lift tooth stains. Take-home whitening is one of the safest options for whitening when patients have sensitivity to ingredients like hydrogen peroxide but still want a brighter smile. We offer custom-made trays to deliver whitening gel evenly to each tooth. These methods of whitening are safe and often comfortable for patients.
Considerations Before Professional Teeth Whitening
Before recommending professional teeth whitening, we will consider multiple aspects of your oral health. We may recommend alternatives if you have metal dental fillings, dental crowns, or other restorations like bridges or dentures. The active ingredients in the whitening treatments can irritate metal crowns, fillings, and other restorations.
Additionally, cosmetic and restorative treatments like porcelain veneers or crowns do not react to whitening treatment. If patients have old, discolored treatments but want a whiter smile, we will recommend replacing their restorative or cosmetic treatments.
If you have sensitive teeth, you may also benefit from whitening alternatives. Professional whitening treatments with lower percentages of active ingredients can address your stains, but you may also benefit from veneers, bonding, or crowns.
Safe Restorations for Tooth Stains
We also provide restorations that offer comfortable treatment for patients who do not want whitening. Dental veneers are thin, shell-like treatments that can cover one or more teeth in the smile line. Veneers are a great whitening alternative for patients who have deep stains. Preparation is required for veneers, and we will numb teeth to etch into the tooth enamel, ensuring that the veneers will not look or feel bulky.
We will often recommend dental bonding for patients who have single discolored teeth. Dental bonding uses tooth-colored materials to cover stains. If you have damaged and discolored teeth, we will recommend dental crowns. Crowns will fully protect teeth and blend in with the smile using tooth-colored materials. Dental crowns will require preparation like veneers, but this preparation is not uncomfortable, as your tooth will be numbed during treatment.
Do you brush your teeth too hard because you think aggressive brushing will whiten your smile? Are store-bought whitening treatments leading to tooth sensitivity? Call Fullerton Craft Smiles for comfortable and safe teeth whitening treatment today at (714) 888-7008. You can also schedule a dental appointment with Dr. Kush Patel online.