Tooth discoloration or yellowing naturally occurs over time due to aging. Enamel staining is also caused by consuming drinks and foods such as coffee, tea, red wine, tomato-based sauces, berries, and curry, as well as smoking. If you’re seeking dazzling pearly whites that endure the test of time, your best option is to get professional teeth whitening from a qualified cosmetic dentist! The team at Kois Dentistry offers affordable teeth whitening in Seattle-South Lake Union, WA with professional-grade bleaching agents that dramatically whiten your teeth in one short office visit. We also offer convenient at-home whitening with comfortable customized trays that require several weeks to produce results.
If you’re dissatisfied with the color of your teeth, you may have tried over-the-counter whitening strips, whitening toothpaste, or home remedies like baking soda. While OTC (over-the-counter) whitening products can produce subtle brightening, they often cause tooth and gum sensitivity and frequent use can lead to tooth enamel wear. Home remedies such as baking soda, activated charcoal, and whitening toothpaste may result in minimal brightening, but can be abrasive and also cause enamel erosion and tooth sensitivity. Generic whitening trays are typically ineffective and may cause gum irritation because they’re ill-fitting, loosen, and leak. Ultimately, professional teeth whitening provides numerous benefits other methods simply can’t deliver.
Because creating happy, healthy, and dazzling smiles is our passion, we have extensive experience providing whitening treatments! If you’re a suitable candidate, you’ll enjoy immediate and gorgeous results with professional teeth whitening in Seattle-South Lake Union, WA. Before proceeding with teeth whitening, we determine the root cause of your tooth discoloration and rule out any dental health conditions. For example, root canal issues, decay, or an abscessed tooth can cause tooth discoloration. These problems need to be resolved prior to your teeth being whitened.
Prior to starting chairside treatment, we’ll clean your teeth and may take photographs to document treatment progress. A protective gel or shield is placed over your gums and then we apply the bleaching gel directly onto your teeth. Depending on the whitening system used, the gel may require activation with a special light. The professional-grade gel penetrates into your tooth enamel to remove internal and surface-level stains. Treatment requires 15-minute sessions repeated two to three times in one visit. Most patients don’t experience any tooth or gum sensitivity during or after their whitening session. Your pearly whites will last anywhere from six months to several years before starting to fade. The length of time the brightening effect lasts depends on the type of teeth whitening system used, if you opt for touch-up treatments, your lifestyle habits, and following proper care and maintenance.
If you prefer a home whitening solution, we start by taking impressions of your upper and lower teeth. These are used to create trays that fit snugly over your teeth without the risk of shifting or gel leaking out. One of the biggest perks is that they’re completely portable, so you can whiten your teeth at home, on business trips, or during vacations. The trays are worn for up to several hours every day until the desired shade of white is achieved. At-home whitening generally takes several weeks to produce desired results.
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