Teeth Whitening

Are you unhappy because your teeth aren’t as bright white as you’d like? Have you tried whiteners you bought at the grocery store, but haven’t gotten the results that you want? Do you want to avoid sensitivity and other side effects of teeth whitening? If so, then getting teeth whitening at the dentist’s office can help. We can help you get the bright, beautiful smile you desire, while reducing side effects.

To learn how  you can benefit from professional teeth whitening in Greeley, please call (970) 353-4329 today for an appointment at Greeley Dental Health.

Why are my teeth discolored?

Teeth get discolored for many reasons. But the most common reason why teeth darken is that they are exposed to dark-colored compounds in foods, drinks, or tobacco. These compounds get embedded in the tooth enamel, causing it to darken.

How does teeth whitening work?

Teeth whitening works by breaking down the staining compounds embedded in your teeth. At Greeley Dental Care, we use Philips Zoom teeth whitening. For this procedure, we paint your teeth with whitening compounds composed partly of peroxide. Then we shine an activating light on your teeth. This light makes the peroxide more efficient. After about 15 minutes, we will clean off the whitener and paint on new whitener. After three treatments, you’re done.

You can supplement the in-office whitening with take-home trays.

How white can my teeth get?

The whitening you experience depends on many factors, including the type of stains you have, the natural whiteness of your teeth, and the health of your teeth. However, people typically experience up to eight shades of whitening with an in-office procedure. At home whitening can make teeth even whiter, but it takes longer.

What are the benefits of professional teeth whitening?

With all the teeth whitening options available, you might be tempted to go with one you find at the drugstore. However, getting teeth whitening from a dentist can be better because you:

  • Find out if your teeth are healthy before you start whitening
  • Learn whether whitening will work for your smile before you start
  • Get better results with stronger whiteners
  • Get more even results with expert treatment
  • Reduce sensitivity

In general, you can get better results, with fewer side effects.

How long does teeth whitening last?

Teeth whitening results can last longer or shorter depending on your lifestyle. If you regularly consume staining beverages and don’t properly care for teeth, teeth whitening results can last for up to six months. However, with the periodic use of at-home whitening trays, you can maintain your results essentially forever.

Is there anything I can do if my teeth don’t respond to whitening?

Most tooth discoloration is on the surface of the tooth, but some discoloration comes from within. It might be due to defects in the enamel, thinning enamel, tooth trauma, exposure to tetracycline antibiotics, tooth decay, or even old metal fillings that aren’t visible, but give the tooth a grayish cast. Teeth that are discolored for these reasons won’t whiten as well. However, they can still be whitened with a dental crown or other restorations.