A smile can communicate so much, so make sure yours is saying nice things about you. Teeth whitening can also make you feel more confident about your appearance without changing very much or spending a great deal of money. At Tam Dental Group, we offer a range of whitening options that can give you a beautiful and natural-looking smile in time for your next big event or more gradually, as needed. Tell us your plans and we can create a customised program that best delivers on your goals.
- What Is Teeth Whitening?
- Over-the-Counter Vs. Professional Teeth Whitening
- Teeth Whitening Options
- Teeth Whitening Results
- Teeth Whitening Cost
What Is Teeth Whitening?
Teeth whitening, as the name implies, is a cosmetic dental treatment designed to reduce staining and brighten the teeth. Several methods are available to whiten teeth, including over-the-counter and professional treatments, which can be used at home or applied in the office. At our practice, we have both in-office and at-home whitening techniques, and you can choose one or the other, or a combination of both, to take your teeth to the desired shade of whiteness.
Over-the-Counter Vs. Professional Teeth Whitening
You can buy whitening products at nearly any pharmacy now, but you should select your options with caution. Some types of teeth whitening can be abrasive and/or have excessive acidity levels, particularly “natural” whiteners like charcoal, wearing down your enamel and leading to sensitivity and damage. Over-the-counter products like whitening toothpastes and strips can offer a simple way to “touch-up” your smile, but they rarely can get your teeth noticeably whiter. Professional treatments use much stronger versions of whitening agents, providing brighter teeth and a more beautiful smile. We liken the whitening process to that of stretching a rubber dam–slow and steady always gets the least amount of colour rebound. Professional treatments also offer personalisation and the comfort of knowing your care is in the hands of an experienced clinician.
What Teeth Whitening Options Are Available?
Choose the ideal approach for you with our selection of whitening options. We offer both in-office and at-home whitening. The office procedure provides whiter teeth in about an hour or less with a single treatment. At-home whitening uses professional-grade bleaching agents that are placed in a customized dental aligner that you wear for a specified amount of time each day for about two weeks. So, you can choose: do you need a quick turnaround, or do you have time for a more gradual improvement? We can discuss the benefits of each, and you may prefer to combine the two.
How Bright Can Professional Teeth Whitening Get My Teeth?
We tend to think natural looks quite nice on most people, but it’s your smile. Professional teeth whitening can get your teeth much whiter and for much longer than over the counter options. For many patients, it can mean several shades lighter, but everyone has their genetically-determined maximum shade. We will go over what to expect during your consultation, and we have lots of teeth whitening before-and-after photos to give you a clear idea of what can be achieved. In extreme cases, some patients opt to whiten their teeth before veneer placement for smiles that seriously pop.
How Much Does Teeth Whitening Cost?
The cost of teeth whitening is often one of the most affordable cosmetic dental services available. That said, the price of teeth whitening will still vary based on your needs and goals, but typically it is the best “bang for your buck” relative to esthetic improvement options. The type of treatment you choose and the level of whiteness you desire can play a role in the total, and we will review all of your options during your initial appointment, so you are well-informed before we get started.
Looking for an easy, affordable, and quick way to enhance your smile? Learn more about how teeth whitening can give you a gorgeous smile by giving our people a call today.