Even if your teeth are healthy and straight, they could still be missing that extra visual appeal if they aren't as white as they could be. At Incredible Smiles of Texas, we can transform dull or discolored smiles through teeth whitening at our San Antonio practice. Dr. Chris Reger uses a state-of-the-art teeth whitening system to produce exceptional, natural-looking results that last for years with proper care.
Are You a Candidate for Teeth Whitening?
Most people who are in good oral health but who have teeth that are discolored or dull will be good candidates for teeth whitening. Those with sensitive teeth may not be suitable candidates as the treatment could aggravate their condition. Likewise, teeth whitening is not recommended for patients with periodontal disease, tooth decay, or other serious oral health issues. Teeth with yellow-toned stains typically respond best to the procedure.
About the Teeth Whitening Procedure
In-office teeth whitening is a quick and immediately effective way to brighten your teeth by multiple shades. During your initial consultation, Dr. Reger will explain the teeth whitening procedure to you in detail and answer any questions you might have. At the beginning of the procedure, your gums will be isolated from your teeth to avoid any potential irritation from the hydrogen-peroxide-based bleaching gel. The gel is then applied to your teeth, and its bleaching properties are activated by exposure to a special light. The gel is rinsed off after about 30 minutes and then reapplied. Most patients repeat this cycle a second time over the course of an appointment lasting about 90 minutes.
We understand that our patients have busy schedules, and squeezing in time at the dentist may be a hassle to some, so we provide an option for at-home teeth whitening. Our practice offers take-home whitening kits that are far more effective than over-the-counter kits.
Benefits and Risks of Teeth Whitening
Professional teeth whitening offers a multitude of benefits, including:
- It is safe and effective, especially compared to over-the-counter whitening products.
- Many patients improve their oral hygiene to preserve the whiteness of their teeth.
- A whiter, brighter smile can improve your confidence in a variety of settings.
- The process is painless, private, and quick - many people have their teeth whitened during their lunch breaks.
As with any other procedure, there are some potential risks associated with teeth whitening. The two most common side effects of teeth whitening are increased tooth sensitivity and tissue irritation. These risks are usually temporary, however, and generally subside within a couple of days.
We'd Be Happy to Answer Your Questions
If you would like to learn more about how you can rejuvenate your smile through teeth whitening, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with Dr. Chris Reger today. Please contact our cosmetic dentistry practice, and it will be our pleasure to assist you.