Teeth Whitening in Issaquah

Your Dream Smile Is Waiting For You

Teeth whitening or bleaching is a safe and non-invasive cosmetic procedure used to change the color of natural tooth enamel and is an ideal way to enhance the beauty of your smile.

Teeth can be lightened individually or all together to enhance your smile. There are many products and techniques available for patients who want to achieve a brighter smile, and with so many options available, it can be difficult to choose the method that is right for you. The best way to begin any teeth-whitening regimen is to schedule an appointment and talk to your dentist.

Teeth Whitening Options

At Issaquah Dental Health we offer:

  • In-office teeth whitening treatments
  • At-home teeth whitening kits

Call today to schedule your in-office teeth whitening procedure.
Did you know that we offer free teeth whitening for all new patients!

At Home Teeth Whitening Kits Options

We offer at-home whitening kits with custom trays fabricated especially for your teeth. The trays allow your teeth, but not your gums, to come in contact with the whitening solution. This provides a safe and effective way to brighten your smile. The whitening gel is placed in custom-fitted trays that fit perfectly over your teeth. As the peroxide in the gel breaks down, hydroxyl radicals help whiten stained teeth. This process whitens all your natural teeth and may contain ingredients intended to provide maximum comfort. At-home professional tray whitening generally takes ten to 14 days, though you may notice results in as little as three to five days.

Paint-on whiteners can be purchased over-the-counter and generally are less expensive and less effective than whitening strips or professional options. Paint-on teeth whiteners consist of a gel that is applied to the tooth using a small brush. Paint-on whitening gel hardens into a film that coats the teeth, and dissolves in the mouth. As with any teeth-whitening regimen, it is wise to consult with a dental professional before use.

Teeth-whitening strips are thin, flexible plastic (polyethylene) strips with a thin film of hydrogen peroxide on one side. Whitening strip kits come with two types of strips: strips for the upper teeth and strips for the lower teeth. By placing the strips across the teeth and gently pressing to ensure contact, the whitening agent is applied. Teeth-whitening strips are typically worn for 30 minutes a day, twice a day. The duration of treatment will vary.

The least expensive options are whitening toothpastes and mouthwashes. Designed to have “whitening” capabilities, toothpastes and mouthwashes work to remove surface stains using mild abrasives. However, unlike the materials used in professional whitening procedures, these products do not lighten the actual color shade of the tooth. Whitening toothpastes affect surface stains and will mildly lighten your teeth.

Teeth Whitening FAQs

How Do I Know Which Teeth Whitening Option is Best?

Generally, tooth whitening is successful in at least 90 percent of patients. Many over-the-counter whitening products are not as effective because their chemistry is either very weak and cannot bleach the teeth for sufficient amounts of time or they are very strong and dangerous to use and ingest. Professional teeth whiteners are safe, effective, and done under the supervision of a dental professional.

Not all stains can be lightened by over-the-counter teeth whitening options which is why it is beneficial to speak with Dr. Herzog about the best teeth whitening treatment is best for your needs. Dr. Herzog can discuss the advantages and disadvantages of in-office teeth whitening compared to take-home teeth whitening specific to your teeth and needs.

Why Should You Get Teeth Whitening from the Dentist?

Teeth whitening is a $15 billion industry with a lot of products on the market – some of which use harmful whitening methods and products that can hurt your teeth or oral health. Your Issaquah dentist can help recommend proven, safe teeth whitening products to use in the office or at home.

Plus, if you have gum disease, exposed roots, cavities, crooked teeth, gum recession or other untreated dental issues you can increase pain or dental problems by whitening your teeth. Not to mention that you’ll have wasted your time and money as the whitening likely won’t take on damaged teeth. This is why your Issaquah dentist will recommend fixing your dental problems prior to whitening your teeth.

Is It Good to Whiten Your Teeth?

Whitening is for the most part safe— if done correctly. What most people don’t realize before jumping in is this: because you’re dealing with live tissue (unlike hair or nails) teeth whitening can cause damage, pain, and sensitivity.

Does Teeth Whitening Last?

Most teeth whitening products will last up to 3 years. However, the longevity of teeth whitening varies from person to person. If you smoke, eat or drink products that can stain your teeth it can shorten the longevity of your results.

Can Teeth Whitening Cause Sensitivity?

Teeth are like an M&M. They have a hard outer layer called the enamel and a softer layer inside called the dentin which has nerves. When exposed, dentin makes your teeth sensitive. Temporarily following tooth whitening your enamel is more permeable which microscopically exposes the dentin.

If you are using teeth whitening trays when whitening these can put orthodontic forces on your teeth which can make them sensitive. Additionally, if a tray is poorly fabricated it can allow the whtiening gel to leak onto the gums and cause irritation and sensitivity. The good news is that many of these causes of teeth whitening sensitivity are preventable, treatable and reversible.

When Would You Not Want to Whiten Your Teeth?

There are a few instances where you would not want to whiten your teeth or where you would want to fix your dental needs prior to whitening your teeth. If you fall into one of the categories below make sure to speak with Dr. Herzog prior to whitening your teeth.

  • Your teeth are already very sensitive
  • You have GERD or acid erosion on your teeth You have gum recession
  • Your gums are sensitive You have sensitivity to hydrogen peroxide You have cavities
  • You have white spot decalcifications (early cavity) which will become whiter and more noticeable after whitening
  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • You’re under age 18
  • You have visible plastic fillings or crowns

If you have additional questions about teeth whitening give our office a call today!

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