If you are not seeing the results you want from regular brushing or over the counter teeth whitening products, we offer a variety of teeth whitening options in our Beachwood, OH dental office.
For the best teeth whitening possible, Dr. Faist recommends Venus White Max as his preferred teeth whitening treatment. Venus White Max whitening is performed in Dr. Faist’s dental office and takes up to one hour. The whitening solution is applied to your teeth in three to four 15-minute segments. One teeth whitening visit can lighten your teeth up to ten shades.
Dr. Faist also offers two take home options for teeth whitening. The first consists of custom trays made specifically for you. A whitening agent is placed in the trays and the trays are worn overnight. The process is repeated until you achieve the teeth whitening results you desire. These trays can be saved and bleaching can be touched up at subsequent cleaning appointments. Dr. Faist can supply touch up bleach tubes as necessary.
The other at home option is preformed trays that are one size fits all for your upper and lower teeth. These trays should be worn every day for thirty minutes and up to ten days until the desired whitening and brightening is achieved.
Some common questions about teeth whitening services are addressed below.
Tooth discoloration can be caused by many things. Aging as well as dietary choices top the list. Drinks like coffee, tea and red wine can leave behind their dark pigments in the ridges of your teeth. Additionally, tobacco products can also stain your teeth due to the nicotine and tar in the products. Another major cause of discoloration is the consumption of tetracycline, antibiotics, and excessive fluoride while your teeth are forming.
Almost every patient can benefit from teeth whitening services. However, there are some cases where treatment may not be as effective as others. Dr. Faist can determine if you are a candidate for teeth whitening services with an oral exam. Dr. Faist will also include a shade assessment during your oral exam.
It depends on the patient and the type of teeth whitening used. With Venus Pro Max results can be seen in as little as 60 minutes. With whitening trays, sometimes results can be seen within a few days. Other times, it can take several months for you to see the results that you desire. Some teeth are harder to bleach than others. Grey teeth are harder to return to their original color than teeth that are yellow.
No, teeth whitening products typically only will bleach your natural tooth surface. This means that any restorations you have will need to be replaced with the correct shade after your teeth whitening cycle is complete.
Yes, studies show that using a teeth whitening system is safe under the supervision of a dentist. In fact, most dentists believe that whitening your teeth is the safest cosmetic procedure available. Dr. Faist does not recommend children under the age of 13 or women who are pregnant to undergo teeth whitening.
If you follow the post whitening care instructions your teeth will remain lighter than they were before. Included in post whitening care is flossing and brushing twice daily and using bleach to touch up spots after your professional cleanings.
In order to see optimal results Dr. Faist recommends touching up your smile with whitening every four to six months.
Some people experience some tooth sensitivity. This tooth sensitivity is short lived and subsides after one to three days after treatment has been completed.