Eager For a Pearly White Smile?
We all want a sparkling white smile, but as time passes, multiple factors make it harder to maintain or achieve that look. You may have experienced discoloration or staining in your smile due to diet, dental hygiene, or factors outside of your control such as age and genetics. No matter what’s caused your teeth to lose their shine, our dentist, Dr. Rangel can help restore your smile’s look with professional teeth whitening.
What Is Professional Teeth Whitening?
Professional teeth whitening is a procedure designed to brighten your smile by removing stubborn, year-old stains that go below the enamel. Unlike generic store bought whitening kits, professional teeth whitening involves dental expertise and is customized to meet your specific needs. This means the whitening process has numerous advantages and less risks compared to whitening your teeth non-professionally.
Reduced Post-Whitening Irritation – Thanks to the protective measures your dentist will use and the custom made whitening trays being designed to fit your unique smile, you’ll experience little to no gum irritation post-whitening.
Eliminates Sensitivity & Enamel Damage – With professional supervision and direction from your dentist, you’ll be far less likely to experience sensitivity or damage to your enamel from potential misuse.
Eliminates Internal & External Stains – Professional teeth whitening is capable of treating external stains that lie on the surface of your enamel as well as internal stains below the enamel. Internal stains are often caused by aging, medication, and diet and can’t be treated with non-professional whitening methods.
Benefits of Professional Teeth Whitening
Safely & Effectively Fulfills Your Unique Needs – Before undergoing teeth whitening, Dr. Rangel will conduct a thorough examination of your smile to determine if this treatment is right for you. Teeth whitening may not be safe or effective if you:
- Have restorations like crowns, fillings, and implants which can’t be whitened
- Are currently pregnant or lactating
- Have periodontal (gum) disease, cavities, or exposed tooth roots
- Have extremely sensitive teeth or teeth lacking enamel
- Are allergic to teeth whitening agents like peroxide
- Expect unrealistic, blindingly white results
Dr. Rangel will take all of these factors into account to ensure your teeth whitening procedure will be both safe and effective for you to undergo.
Superior Whitening Results – Professional teeth whitening offers superior results over store bought whitening products due to our custom gel and experienced services.
Faster Treatment – In-office professional teeth whitening can usually be completed in less than one hour, allowing you to enjoy the benefits of a brighter smile much sooner.
What Causes Stained Teeth?
Common causes of tooth discoloration and staining include:
- Dark berries, curry, soy sauce
- Coffee, tea, red wine, tomatoes, fruit juices
- Tobacco use
- Excessive alcohol use
- Certain medications
The Teeth Whitening Process
Here at our Odessa dental office, we offer in-office and take-home whitening treatments for your convenience. Each whitening treatment will vary, but our team will always ensure you receive optimal results. Here’s how each treatment works:
In-Office Teeth Whitening
Before undergoing a teeth whitening procedure, you’ll undergo an initial consultation with Dr. Rangel. Your dentist will thoroughly examine your mouth, review your medical history, and ask you what you expect from your whitening procedure.
If you’ve decided to go forward with in-office teeth whitening, we’ll thoroughly clean your teeth to give the gel a better surface to adhere to. Then, we’ll apply a protective gel to your gums and use barriers to protect your lips, cheeks, and tongue from the agent.
To whiten your smile, a special gel is applied to your teeth and we use a light to activate the whitening treatment. Once your session is complete, you’ll be able to leave our Odessa office that same day and enjoy a smile that’s whitened up to eight shades brighter than before.
Just like with in-office teeth whitening, you’ll undergo a consultation with Dr. Rangel where he’ll gather the information necessary to determine if at-home teeth whitening is right for you.
Designing Your Whitening Trays
If you’ve decided to go forward with at-home teeth whitening, we’ll take an impression of your teeth. This impression will be sent to an off-site lab, where technicians will use it to design your whitening trays. You’ll return once your teeth whitening trays are ready and our team will show you how to apply the gel and inform you on how often to use it.
To use your trays, first you’ll brush your teeth to give the gel a clean surface to adhere to. Then, you’ll apply the right amount of whitening gel based on the instructions given to you by your dentist.
Using Your Whitening Trays
You’ll apply the trays and wear them for the prescribed amount of time. Remove the trays and rinse your teeth to reveal a brighter smile. Repeat the process as instructed over the course of the prescribed amount of days.
Frequently Asked Questions
Most insurance companies don’t cover teeth whitening treatment because it’s considered to be a purely cosmetic procedure. However, if you need help affording your whitening treatment, we offer financing options including LendingClub. If you have questions regarding the cost of our whitening treatment, give Laser Smile Center a call by dialing (432) 333-6169 and our team will be happy to help.
Professional teeth whitening treatments often produce whitening results that last much longer than those produced by store bought kits. However, these results aren’t permanent and you may need to come back for a touch-up every year or so. The good news is that your teeth should continue to respond well to our whitening gel, so you can achieve the same results.
While your teeth naturally become discolored or yellowed over time, certain lifestyle changes can extend the results of your whitening treatment. While Dr. Rangel will provide you with instructions on how to care for your smile, here are some general tips to keep in mind:
- Avoid alcohol and tobacco
- Practice a proper oral hygiene regimen
- Attend regular dental exams with Dr. Rangel at our Odessa office
- Drink water and stay hydrated
- Avoid foods and drinks that can stain your smile
- Use an electric toothbrush
- Attend dental cleanings more often
All of these changes not only will keep your smile looking fresh, but also improve your oral health in the process.
For Sparkling White Shine, Choose Professional Teeth Whitening
If you want to safely and effectively boost your self confidence, your Odessa dentist offers professional teeth whitening methods to suit your unique needs. Dr. Rangel is proud to offer his expertise in dental technology to patients in Odessa, as well as patients from the surrounding areas of Gardendale, Midkiff, and Goldsmith-Penwell.
To enjoy the benefits of professional teeth whitening, contact Laser Smile Center by dialing (432) 333-6169 and schedule an appointment. You can also fill out and submit one of our easy-to-use contact forms and a friendly team member will return your message shortly.
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