Professional Teeth Whitening
in Everett, Washington

Nearly everyone has considered bleaching their teeth at least once in their life: a white, bright smile is a great confidence booster. That’s why it comes as no surprise that there seems to be an abundance of whitening methods available on the market, including professional treatments at the dentist’s office, at-home kits, or even whitening pastes.

Not all treatments are the same, nor do they have the same results. It is important to know the differences and educate yourself on the pros and cons of each type.

color scale is used to determine exact color of patient's teeth

What is causing teeth to turn dark or yellow over time?

Before choosing a teeth whitening treatment, the patient must first understand what is causing this color alteration.

There are countless reasons why it may be happening, including poor dental hygiene and external factors, such as cigarettes, coffee, tea, cola, and wine.

Besides nutritional and lifestyle factors, there are also plenty of other factors, such as trauma, stress, genetics, aging, other dental treatments (root canal, for example), and the use of some medications that can accelerate the natural process of teeth turning yellow or darker over time.

What are the main benefits of professional teeth whitening?

The professional teeth whitening treatment is, by far, the most effective. 

Professional teeth whitening has a high concentration of the whitening agent, and is only approved to be administered by a dentist. Your dentist has the needed skills to ensure that the correct precautions are taken to avoid issues with the rest of your oral tissue during the whitening process.

Professional teeth whitening is done in-office, and a dramatic result can be seen immediately. This type of whitening is the most durable and long-lasting.

How effective are home whitening kits or whitening toothpastes?

The effectiveness of home whitening kits or toothpastes is challenging to measure. You might see a whitening effect if you have external staining, but you will not see a dramatic or instantaneous result that you would get with professional treatments.

You should also be aware that home whitening treatments can cause harm to oral tissue. Permanent damage can be done by the bleaching agents and abrasive components on both the enamel and gums. Tooth sensitivity and a burning sensation are the most common side effects of home whitening treatments.

How long does it take to whiten teeth at the dental office?

A professional teeth whitening treatment at Perfect Smiles Dentistry usually only takes only one visit, but it may vary based on when your last professional teeth cleaning occurred.

If it has been more than 2-3 months, since your last professional teeth cleaning, then it is recommended to first undergo a professional teeth cleaning, in order to maximize the results of a teeth whitening procedure.

The length of the treatment can vary from patient to patient, but generally falls into the range of 60 – 90 minutes. With our LED light treatment, patients leave the office with a brand new, bright smile in less than two hours.

What are the steps of a teeth whitening procedure at Perfect Smiles Dentistry?

Your dentist will carry out a personal assessment to understand your situation, background, and expectations. If you are deemed eligible for a professional teeth whitening treatment the typical steps are as follows:

bleaching lamp used on patient during teeth whitening appointment

Is teeth whitening painful?

The procedure is 100% pain-free. However, those who suffer from sensitive teeth may experience a slight discomfort when bleaching agents are applied. 

If this is the case, your dentist will consider options to reduce this discomfort, such as multiple shorter appointments or recommend a different whitening treatment.

It can take a few days after the treatment until the teeth become less sensitive again. If this increased sensitivity should last more than a week, please reach out to us right away.

How long does the tooth whitening effect last?

Professional teeth whitening offers the most durable results, lasting up to 9 months.

Am I a candidate for teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening is not recommended if you:

After-care - What to expect and how to keep the whitening effect as long as possible

For the 24 hours after the treatment, patients should avoid dark staining drinks such as tea, coffee, and wine, and foods like tomato sauce, chocolate, red meat, etc. Cigarettes and toothpastes with colorant should also be eliminated.

To make the results last longer, it’s is advisable to: 

Book your professional teeth whitening appointment today!

Would you like to see your teeth shine bright once again? Schedule a consultation to find out whether you are a suitable candidate for teeth whitening. Contact us by phone, fill in the online form or send us an email to book an appointment.

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