Home Teeth Whitening Overview
There are many over-the-counter options for whitening teeth at home, but they do not always deliver what they promise and you can end up wasting your time and money. At Smiles! Dentistry by Dr. Joseph Heher, we provide professional-strength teeth whitening kits with ADA-approved whitening gel that can be applied with convenience at home. At-home teeth whitening kits from Dr. Heher are a safe and effective system to conveniently brighten your teeth Dr. Heher will provide a take-home kit to satisfy your needs and goals to achieve your best results. Your whitening kit will include bleaching solutions and custom-made mouth trays that make the whitening process more effective and comfortable. If you are interested in enhancing your smile with a custom whitening kit, contact our office in Salisbury, MD to schedule a consultation.
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Best Candidates for Home Teeth Whitening
When you would like to brighten your smile in the convenience and comfort of your home, Dr. Heher can recommend a customized home whitening kit. Your smile may seem dull or have yellow or dark stains that have accumulated over your lifetime. You may have tried store-bought whitening products but found them ineffective, uncomfortable, or damaging to your teeth. At Smiles! Dentistry by Dr. Joseph Heher, the potency of the whitening solution is customized to your goals especially if you have sensitive teeth. It should be noted that existing porcelain crowns, or composite resin fillings will not bleach, and may have to be replaced at an additional cost to obtain the results desired.
What to Expect with Home Teeth Whitening
Your at-home whitening kit will be assembled by Dr. Heher with teeth bleaching gel and mouth trays customized exclusively to your mouth. Prior to making your home whitening kit, Dr. Heher will conduct a thorough examination of your teeth and determination of your oral health in order to select the ideal whitening strength and formula. We also supply professional trays that can be used immediately by wearing either overnight or for a couple of hours/day with your whitening gel. Once your kit is ready, Dr. Heher will discuss specific instructions necessary for each treatment such as how long and how often to use the products in your kit.
Home Teeth Whitening Follow-Up
Results will be dependent on the strength of the whitening solution, your initial enamel color, and how frequently you use your whitening treatment. Most patients notice maximum results occurring in about 7 – 10 days. The home use trays will provide the same end results as in-office bleaching lights—it just takes a little bit longer than the lights, but at far less cost. Unless you are getting married on Saturday and procrastinated getting your teeth bleached, the home use trays will provide the same end result—just over a longer period, and often with far less post-bleaching tooth sensitivity as the lights use more concentrated solution. Double-blind research studies indicate that the bleaching lights are “smoke and mirrors”; it is the stronger concentrations of peroxide that produce the whiter results rather than the use of the lights, but stronger solutions are often accompanied by more tooth sensitivity.
As soon as you attain your desired shade, you can stop using your at-home kit. To maximize your results, you should maintain a good oral hygiene routine and make lifestyle changes including avoiding staining foods, beverages, and tobacco products. Also, you should schedule semi-annual cleanings and dental exams at Smiles! Dentistry by Dr. Joseph Heher where stains can be polished away, and Dr. Heher can check on your overall oral health. Keeping your trays clean and in a safe place is recommended if you want to “touch-up” your home bleaching treatment again at a later date, you would only need to purchase more whitening gel. You can extend and preserve the shelf-life of the whitening gel by storing it in the refrigerator.
Home Teeth Whitening Insurance Coverage
Teeth whitening is considered a cosmetic procedure, which means it is generally not covered by dental insurance. At your appointment, Dr. Heher can discuss cost estimates based on your options, review payment methods we accept, and provide information on low-interest medical financing.
Home Teeth Whitening
With at-home teeth whitening from Smiles! Dentistry by Dr. Joseph Heher, you can personally and conveniently brighten and improve your smile. Combining professional whitening products with a customized treatment plan, your home kit will be created by dentist Dr. Heher to satisfy your needs and goals. To learn more about your home teeth whitening options, schedule a consultation at our office in Salisbury, MD.