Teeth Whitening in Wilmington, DE
As teeth age, they may lose their luster and brightness and become discolored, stained, or darkened because of injury. Today, we have exceptional new whitening agents that can bring back a brighter smile! In our office, we recommend the at-home custom tray whitening process, where a sparkling new smile can be yours after one weekend! We also offer in-office whitening.
Many patients have tried over-the-counter teeth whitening systems and have become frustrated and disappointed with their results. This is because the varieties sold in drug stores contain a weaker whitening agent. In addition, the trays or strips that they offer to hold the whitening agent tend to leak and adhere to your gums, causing irritation and, in some cases if used too frequently, gum recession.
Conversely, our patients have had excellent results with our tooth whitening system. The trays are made specifically for your teeth. They will hold the whitening agent securely on the teeth where it belongs and it will not leak out to your gums. Best of all, you can use these trays over and over again for touch-ups as needed.
What causes tooth discoloration and who is a good candidate for the teeth whitening process?
Teeth can be discolored in response to the aging process or as a result of consuming foods and beverages that stain such as red wine, coffee, colas, and tea. Smoking, nerve damage, old tooth restorations, and excessive use of fluoride can also discolor your teeth.
Most people will see a vast improvement in their smiles from the whitening process, but only your dentist can predict whether your teeth will respond by diagnosing the cause of your discoloration after looking at your dental history. The degree of whiteness obtained will, of course, vary from patient to patient. Some patients' teeth are naturally whiter than others from the beginning.
Is the whitening process safe? Are there any side effects?
You can rest assured that the whitening process is probably the safest cosmetic procedure available, and this has been backed by countless clinical studies.
Some people may experience increased sensitivity to cold during the treatment, but this normally disappears in a couple of days. In addition, we use a formula that contains a maximum sensitivity protection that protects most patients from any feelings of sensitivity.
How does the teeth whitening process work?
After Dr. Gladnick has determined that you are a good candidate for the teeth whitening process, he will take impressions of your teeth. This will allow him to make a custom tray or appliance that will hold the whitening gel in place. At your next visit, you will try on your trays and be given the home whitening kit, along with specific instructions on how to apply the gel and how long to wear your trays. You will also be encouraged to maintain proper oral hygiene through flossing and brushing and to avoid stain-causing beverages during the process.