Teeth whitening is a cutting-edge new procedure that can revitalize your dental appearance and give you back a beautiful smile. At Lerner & Lemongello, our experienced and trusted dentists offer this treatment to patients in Palm Beach Gardens and the surrounding areas of Florida. Call (561) 627-9000 to schedule your teeth whitening consultation at our practice!
What is teeth whitening?
Over the years, teeth whitening has become one of the most requested cosmetic dental procedures by the patients of Drs. Lerner and Lemongello in the Palm Beach area in South Florida. Teeth whitening is the process of reversing the discoloration of the teeth by “whitening” them to a lighter shade. It is especially popular among patients who want to give their smiles an instant new look.
How does teeth whitening work?
The majority of teeth whitening techniques used today make use of products containing an oxidizing agent that is able to spread throughout the tooth enamel and breakdown the buildup of stain deposits in the tooth layers.
There are two types of whitening treatments available: Take Home Whitening and In office Whitening.
What happens during the “In Office” teeth whitening process?
- A color match of the patient’s teeth will be taken at the beginning of the procedure using a scale model with progressively lightening shades of white. An actual mold of the patient’s teeth will also be taken and will be the basis for the custom-made bleaching trays that the patient will have to wear for the next few days to complete the effect and for touch up bleaching.
- The “In Office” power whitening gel will be applied directly onto the surface of the teeth to catalyze the whitening process.
- After the appropriate exposure time for each patient to the power whitening gel, the newly whitened teeth will be rinsed thoroughly and subsequently covered with fluoride gel that will help protect and strengthen the enamel.
- Your dentist will give you post-treatment care instructions, including what to eat and what to avoid during the first 48 hours after the tooth whitening treatment for you to get the best possible results.
How should I prepare for teeth whitening?
One of the best ways to maximize the teeth whitening process is to first have a full dental exam and cleaning. If you are prone to tooth sensitivity, you may also start using toothpaste for sensitive teeth about one week prior to your treatment. If you are concerned about sensitivity during or after your teeth whitening treatment, talk to your dentist ahead of time about using an over-the-counter pain reliever either before or after your appointment.
"Take-Home" teeth whitening treatment
As part of our smile makeover procedures, Dr. Lerner and Dr. Lemongello offer take home teeth whitening. Take home teeth whitening products typically come in a tooth whitening gel which is easily dispensed into a special mouth tray or mouthguard. These trays are made at our office in Palm Beach Garden so that it perfectly fits your teeth. Tooth bleaching gels vary in their strength and usage of take home dental products can vary depending on your needs and the product being used. Some whitening gels are used twice a day for approximately 2 weeks, and others are intended for overnight use for 1-2 weeks. Dr. Lerner and Dr. Lemongello will help you determine which solution is the best to match your teeth whitening goals.
What results can I expect with teeth whitening?
Treatment results usually depend on the severity of the discoloration, but they will be immediately noticeable by the end of treatment. Typically, the vital teeth or the patient’s existing natural teeth, and non-vital teeth, such as those with root canal restorations, can be bleached. However, dental restorations such as the amalgam fillings, dental crowns, and dental veneers will not respond to teeth whitening.
How long do results of teeth whitening last?
The results obtained with a teeth whitening treatment are immediate and will last for many months and even years depending upon the patient. However, as the patient continues to consume coffee, drink wine, eat various types of food, or grow older, the discoloration may gradually return. When this happens, the patient has the option of receiving another “In Office” whitening session in order to achieve the previous results of the whitening treatment or continue to touch up their teeth at home with the “Take Home” whitening products.
At our teeth whitening studio in Palm Beach, Florida we use only the latest teeth whitening system, which can lighten the color of your teeth to several shades in as little as one hour. We also have several types of treatment options that will fit your every need. If you’re considering teeth whitening in Palm Beach, Florida, then call our office to schedule a consultation.
Is Teeth Whitening painful?
Teeth whitening treatment involves the use of a peroxide gel to break up stains in the outer layer of enamel. Because this layer of the tooth is porous, tiny particles can settle beneath the surface. The peroxide gel permeates the pores in enamel to dismantle the stain-causing particles. When the whitening agent penetrates the outer barrier of the tooth, it moves closer to the area in which nerves are located. This closer proximity can cause some sensitivity, but patients do not typically describe the sensation as painful.
If you are concerned about the discomfort associated with teeth whitening, talk to your dentist. We may have a few suggestions that can help you enhance the appearance of your smile with few if any side effects.
Are there any risks with teeth whitening?
Professional teeth whitening is considered a safe and effective cosmetic treatment. Overseen by your dentist, the process carries only a minor risk of tooth sensitivity and gingival irritation. A dental exam performed before teeth whitening can rule out or correct any longstanding dental problems, such as decay or gingivitis, that could result in discomfort.
Do your teeth go back to normal after whitening?
By nature, our teeth are porous and will absorb minute amounts of the foods and beverages that we consume. So, yes, over time your teeth will likely become dull and discolored again. This process can take several months or years, depending on your habits. To prolong the effects of teeth whitening treatment, we encourage patients to drink plenty of water, use a straw when possible, and to brush and floss as recommended during their routine exams and cleanings. Twice-a-year cleanings are also beneficial for maintaining a radiant smile. This service polishes away some degree of the surface staining that occurs over time.
How long after teeth whitening can I eat normally?
It may be advantageous to avoid stain-causing foods for a few days. Generally, patients can resume their normal eating habits in 24 to 72 hours but should be mindful about rinsing the mouth with water after eating and drinking. Foods to limit or avoid include colas, red wine, coffee, and tea. Acidic foods and beverages should also be avoided for a few days, if possible.
Can I combine teeth whitening with another procedure?
Yes! Teeth whitening may be an integral aspect of a more comprehensive smile makeover. While the timing of combined treatments may vary depending on the situation, it may be possible to undergo teeth whitening at the same time as an exam and cleaning or restorative procedure such as a dental crown or filling. Our priority in this scenario is to protect the treatment area to ensure the restoration is not disrupted. If you are interested in having multiple procedures, talk to your dentist about how the process may look and how long it may take to get you the results that you want.
Schedule a teeth whitening consultation in Palm Beach Gardens, FL!
If you are interested in learning more about teeth whitening and whether you are a candidate for the procedure, please call Lerner & Lemongello today at (561) 627-9000! You can also click here to fill out the appointment request form in our contact page. At our Palm Beach Gardens office, Dr. Lerner and Dr. Lemongello look forward to offering you personalized treatment and the latest teeth bleaching techniques!