A professional whitening treatment offers several advantages over at-home bleaching kits, including longer-lasting results and a higher concentration of peroxide that can brighten your smile up to ten shades brighter. During your professional in-office whitening session, our dentist at Michael McMahon, DDS, will apply a protective layer to your gums and soft tissue before applying the whitening gel to the surfaces of your teeth. This protects your mouth’s delicate tissues from coming into contact with the whitening solution. The dentist will also supervise the treatment to ensure the process is safe and effective. Additionally, your dentist will likely advise you to avoid certain foods or drinks for several days after your treatment to prevent stains from resurfacing. You can also maintain your results with touch-up whitening treatments twice a year.
How Are Professional Teeth Whitening Different From Over-The-Counter Methods?
Unlike strips, trays, and toothpaste, professional whitening treatments are supervised by a dentist who can ensure your safety and comfort. We can also help patients determine the best type of treatment for their unique needs, resulting in more effective results than non-professional products can provide. Our treatments can be completed in as little as one office visit!
Professional treatment options are often more customizable as well. For example, we can combine multiple types of treatments or different applications of a single treatment. Patients can also choose whether to whiten their smile by up to eight shades or brighten it to one or two shades.
Tooth sensitivity is a common side effect of many at-home whitening products. However, professional treatments use desensitizing agents during treatment which can help prevent discomfort. We can also provide patients with custom-fit whitening trays and gels to touch up and maintain their results at home at their convenience. This can help prolong the effects of your professional whitening treatment and prevent tooth sensitivity in the future.
Is Whitening Safe?
You may benefit from a professional teeth whitening treatment if your teeth are stained or discolored. It is a safe and quick procedure to whiten your teeth by several shades in just one visit. If performed with care and precision by the dentist, the treatment is entirely safe. However, some types of tooth discoloration may need special treatment, and your dentist can examine your teeth and gums to let you know if you are a good candidate for the process. In some cases, bleaching may not be suitable for certain people due to severe staining or other factors. Your dentist will be able to walk you through the process so that you can feel confident that you are making the right choice for your smile.
If you want to learn more about the benefits of professional teeth whitening treatments, contact Michael McMahon, DDS, at 3405 Kenyon Street Suite 510, San Diego 92110, or call (619) 223-7189 to schedule a consultation with our dentist.