Teeth Whitening at Bowersox DDS Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
As we age, our teeth slowly collect stains from our foods and beverages that we consume on a daily basis. Anything from coffees and teas to hard-candies and tomato sauces can leave behind staining agents on your teeth.
It’s normal for your teeth to dull and yellow as time goes on, but that doesn’t mean it’s a permanent blemish you have to live with. As your trusted cosmetic dentist in Westminster, MD, Dr. Bowersox offers Opalescence teeth whitening solutions to brighten your smile.
Patients love our Opalescence whitening solutions because you can choose whether you want to do your treatment in our office or from the comfort of your own home. Additionally, it is a cost-effective and efficient approach to getting a smile makeover. Prescription-strength Opalescence Tooth Whitening Systems are stronger and more effective than over-the-counter teeth whitening products and are only available from a certified provider like Dr. Bowersox.
Here are some common questions we get regarding our teeth whitening solutions:
How long after whitening my teeth will I see results?
This depends on the type of treatment you opt for. Our office provides a full slate of whitening options for patients to choose from depending on their lifestyle and budgetary needs, including Opalescence, Opalescence Treswhite Supreme™, Opalescence BOOST, and Opalescence after-care toothpaste, toothbrushes, and OpalPix. For our in-office procedures, you should notice a difference in an hour. A take-home kit can provide results after just one night, although results may vary and can take up to a week before you experience noticeable changes.
What are the benefits of Opalescence?
Opalescence teeth whitening solutions are customized to meet the unique needs of your smile. Instead of a one-size-fits-all approach like over-the-counter options, Opalescence whitening trays are customized to fit over every single one of your teeth. This provides a more consistent and predictable whitening treatment, helping to avoid any splotchy distribution of the bleaching product.
How can I keep my teeth white after receiving treatment?
The best way to maintain a white smile is to brush and floss your teeth regularly, especially after consuming teeth-staining substances. If you drink soda, coffee, or tea, you should opt for using a straw whenever possible. Understand that your smile will naturally dull over time despite how good your oral hygiene routine is. However, you can always come back for another whitening treatment.
How long does a teeth whitening appointment last?
When scheduling a professional teeth whitening appointment patients can expect it to take about 90 minutes to 2 hours. This may vary depending on the level of whiteness you are looking to achieve, and the amount of sessions you have had in the past. The length of an in-office teeth whitening appointment is usually around two hours.
The dentist may also take x-rays to make sure that you have enough tooth structure left for the procedure. If not, they may recommend a different treatment plan.
Can teeth whitening damage teeth?
Teeth whitening does not damage teeth. It attacks dentin which controls tooth color. Teeth whitening does not damage tooth enamel if done correctly. Our dentists are trained professionals to ensure that your teeth are safe during a teeth whitening procedure.