Teeth naturally become discolored over the years due to aging and staining from food or certain medications. When enamel wears down, dentin becomes more visible. Dentin is the core of our teeth which is naturally a yellow color. Our office provides two methods of teeth whitening in Boise, ID: in-office bleaching and at-home whitening kits. Both are effective for different levels of discoloration.
Teeth Whitening Methods
In-office bleaching is an excellent way to dramatically change the color of your smile. Professional bleaching can lift discoloration by about eight shades. Teeth will even continue to lighten for about 24 hours after the treatment is completed. Dr. Stillings will use a highly-concentrated hydrogen peroxide gel and a special ultraviolet laser to activate the whitening process. The whole treatment will only take about one hour and your smile will look brighter than ever before!
The other method of Boise teeth whitening is an at-home whitening kit. This method of teeth whitening is much less expensive but also only lifts discoloration by about 4-5 shades. At-home whitening kits are not effective for extreme discoloration and results of any kind may vary depending on the user. Dr. Stillings will provide you with a professional-quality whitening kit consisting of whitening gel and trays to wear. The peroxide gel is a less concentrated version than the one used by your dentist so that you can wear it for longer periods of time. Whitening trays are consistently worn for a couple of hours a day or overnight for about two-three weeks. This option is great for patients who prefer to whiten their teeth at home or who are looking for a more affordable way to whiten their smile!
There are some slight risks associated with teeth whitening. The main risk is tooth sensitivity. If you have a history of tooth sensitivity, teeth whitening may not be the best option for you. Consult with Dr. Stillings to find out about other cosmetic options that may be available to you. Another risk of teeth whitening is gum irritation. This is possible due to the chemicals involved in the whitening process. If you have questions about your level of risks, consult with Dr. Stillings right away.
If you have any questions about teeth whitening in Boise, ID, call our office today at (208) 377-3206, or you can fill out an appointment request form directly on our website. We look forward to hearing from you!