Teeth Whitening In El Paso, Texas
$250 In Office Whitening *limited time, restrictions apply*
In most cultures, bright and white teeth are associated with youth, vibrancy, and health. El Paso Dentist Dr. Carlus Hu, DDS and Dr. Bowen Li, DDS offers various teeth whitening options and can guide you though this process.
What Is Professional Teeth Whitening
Whitening can significantly change how your teeth look without extensive dental work. Teeth whitening treatment have quickly become one of the most popular cosmetic dental procedure today. A lot of over the counter/DIY whitening product is not fitted well, and thus is very uncomfortable to wear and may leak the whitening gel which could cause an issue with your gum long term.
Professional whitening typically achieve significant color change with just ONE appointment.
Real Before and After In Office Bleaching Case #1
Recent case of In-Office Bleaching. 1 Hour of treatment. Crown is planned to change the color of the slightly darker tooth on the top right side to achieve even more perfect result
Real Before and After In Office Bleaching Case #2
Recent case of In-Office Bleaching. 30 minutes of treatment. Prior to bleaching a regular cleaning is also performed which also performed which further enhanced the effect.
Everything you Need to Know about In-Office Teeth Whitening: How to Make the Best Choice for Your Needs
Teeth whitening is one of the most popular dental procedures today. Plenty of folks invest in home teeth whitening kits. Unfortunately, these kits may not deliver on expectations. As a result, visiting a dental professional for a teeth whitening procedure may be the best choice.
Like all dental procedures, there are pros and cons to consider. So, let’s take a close look at what you need to know about in-office teeth whitening. Consequently, you can make the best choice for your needs.
What Is Teeth Whitening?
Teeth whitening is a dental procedure used to remove stains from teeth. As such, teeth whitening aims to leave looking as white as possible.
The teeth whitening procedure is possible due to the use of bleaching agents. Home teeth-whitening kits often use low-strength bleaching chemicals. As a result, these home kits may not deliver expected results.
In some cases, an in-office visit may be necessary to guarantee results. In-office teeth whitening occurs under strictly monitored circumstances due to the use of strong bleaching agents.
In general, one session may be enough to produce effective results. Nevertheless, some folks may require multiple sessions to achieve their desired results.
Advantages of In-Office Teeth Whitening
In-office teeth whitening procedures offer several advantages such as:
- Expert care. Expert dental professionals handle in-office teeth whitening procedures. Thus, you can rest assured you’re in good hands.
- Fast results. In-office procedures typically produce more immediate results than home-based kits. Most folks require one or two sessions.
- Safety. Undoubtedly, expert care and supervision make in-office procedures safer. Additionally, dental professionals monitor issues such as gum and teeth sensitivity to ensure a pain-free experience.
- Improved technology. Dental professionals utilize the best available technology. This technology includes improved teeth-whitening gels that reduce discomfort and enhance results.
- Accountability. Going to your dental professional ensures you can rely on a trusted professional to do the job right first.
It’s advisable to consult with your dentist before undergoing any teeth-whitening procedure. Your dentist can advise of the best treatment options for your specific needs.
Disadvantages of In-Office Teeth Whitening
Some disadvantages come with in-office teeth-whitening procedures. These may include.
- Cost. Cost is the biggest consideration for in-office procedures. In-office procedures are generally more costly than home-based kits. Over-the-counter treatments often cost less than $100 but take much longer to show results.
- Time. Going to your dentist requires you to make an appointment. Generally, most teeth-whitening sessions last from one to two hours. In contrast, home-based kits require a few minutes a day.
- Efficacy. Teeth whitening is not permanent. Therefore, you may need to undergo further sessions at some point in the future. Hence, time and cost may become a significant consideration.
Despite these drawbacks, in-office procedures typically yield the best results. Nevertheless, it’s important to determine when you should see your dentist for an in-office teeth-whitening procedure.
When to Schedule an In-Office Teeth-Whitening Appointment
You should consider scheduling an in-office teeth whitening appointment if you’re looking to remove stains or discolorations. Here are some aspects to consider:
- Aging. Teeth may become yellowish, discolored, or lost sheen with age. This process is natural as we get older. Yellowish teeth whiten relatively easily. However, some stains may become resistant such as those due to chemicals or perhaps trauma.
- Food consumption. Foods and drinks (strong-colored fruits and vegetables, coffee, wine, soda, or foods with artificial coloring) may stain teeth over time.
- Tobacco. Cigarettes or chewing tobacco stain teeth with time. These stains are generally easy to remove. However, long-term tobacco consumption may permanently stain teeth.
- Dental procedures. Previous dental procedures such as veneers may stain with time. So, a teeth-whitening process can provide them with a brand-new sheen.
- Maintenance. If you’ve had previous teeth-whitening procedures, you might want to schedule another one to touch up previous ones. The frequency of additional teeth-whitening sessions largely depends on your eating habits and overall oral hygiene (brushing, flossing, and mouthwash use).
Things to Keep in Mind
Here are some important considerations to keep in mind:
- If you experience hypersensitivity in teeth and gums, your dentist may recommend a home-based kit. These kits utilize chemicals with a lower concentration of carbamide peroxide.
- In cases of permanent staining, multiple sessions may be necessary. As a result, your dentist may schedule one or two in-office sessions followed by the use of a home-based kit.
- If your teeth have become worn with age, your dentist may not recommend a deep bleaching teeth-whitening procedure.
Preparing for a Teeth-Whitening Session
Your dentist will most likely schedule a deep cleaning session before the teeth-whitening session. Then, your dentist will go over any possible issues such as cavities, tooth decay, or gum disease. You may need to have these issues addressed before your teeth-whitening session. Your dentist will also take photos to measure your before and after results.
What to Expect During the Procedure
Here’s what you can expect during a routine teeth-whitening session:
- Your dentist will use a cheek retractor to expose the “esthetic zone.” This area is the most visible when you smile.
- Then, a resin-like material goes on the gums to prevent irritation from the whitening gel.
- Next, the bleaching gel (a hydrogen peroxide compound) goes on your teeth in the esthetic zone for about 15 to 30 minutes.
- After, your dentist will remove the bleaching gel and apply another round for about 15 to 30 minutes.
- Some treatments use a strong light that enhances the bleaching gel’s effectiveness.
- After that, the dentist checks the results to ensure effectiveness. Some folks may experience drastic effects in one session.
If one session is enough to meet expectations, your dentists may only recommend a follow-up appointment. Additionally, your dentists may recommend regular use of home-based kits to maintain the whiteness.
Making the Decision
If you’re considering an in-office teeth-whitening procedure, first schedule an evaluation and cleaning with your dentist. During this evaluation, your dentist will help you choose the best option for your needs.
Please bear in mind that an in-office procedure will require some time out of your schedule. Moreover, be ready to invest in further teeth-whitening sessions or the use of home-based kits. In doing so, you can ensure your new, shiny smile lasts as long as possible.
Call today to learn more about the best options available for your needs.
*Restrictions Apply, Please call for details. Professional whitening can only be performed if your teeth are in good shape. As part of the whitening proces, the dentist will perform an exam to make a determination on the suitability of professional whitening prior to treatment and may elect not to do it at their discretion. A regular prophy is always suggested in combination with whitening to increase the effectiveness.
Frequently Asked Questions
About Teeth Whitening In El Paso, Texas
Cost of Teeth Whitening
The average cost of teeth whitening in El Paso is about $150-$500, depend on what options you choose. However, Sun Ridge Smiles does offer promotions sometimes, especially near certain holidays and graduation when everyone want to look their very best. Please call or contact us to find out if we have any awesome specials.
How Much Whiter Can My Teeth Get?
It depends on many factors, including the initial color of the teeth, why they are yellow, how thin are the enamel, as well as how sensitive your teeth are. The average patient should see at least 2 shade whiter.
Will my teeth get yellower again after whitening?
A lot of time teeth whitening can bring your teeth to a very high degree of white, and if not maintained properly, your teeth will lose its brightness overtime again as they start to stain. A good daily oral hygiene regimen is highly recommended, as regular checkup and cleaning. If your teeth get yellower again over time after bleaching, this procedure can be done again to bring back the sparkling smile you deserve.
Will whitening whiten previous dental works such as crowns or fillings?
The bleach solution only works on a natural tooth, which means it will not whiten any previous dental work, such as crowns, caps, veneers, bridges, bonding, fillings, dentures or cavities. In fact, if you have such dental work, whitening may not work for you. This is another reason why you should have a professional check your teeth before you do anything at home.