Professional Teeth Whitening
Professional teeth whitening is the fastest cosmetic dentistry treatment to a brighter smile. In-office whitening can provide noticeable results in as little as 90 to 120 minutes at our Metairie dentist office. Professional teeth whitening bleaches your teeth using stronger whitening ingredients than over the counter (OTC) whitening products. Our Metairie Dentists, Randy Green, DDS and Jeffrey Gregson, DDS highly recommend a consultation to determine the best whitening treatment for you. As a result, you can ensure great results and a treatment that is gentle on your teeth.
There are several different types of bleaching procedures:
- Generic or over the counter whitening products
- Custom bleaching trays fabricated by a dental professional to be used with professional bleaching gel
- Professional in-office bleaching
- Internal bleaching (on teeth with existing root canals)
We use powerful, professional strength whitening products for our in-office teeth whitening procedures. Our knowledgeable team will answer all your questions and make you very comfortable during your visit to our Metairie dental office. Visits to our office for professional teeth whitening take 90-120 minutes so feel free to bring a book or music and headphones to entertain yourself while the whitening gel penetrates the inner layers of the tooth.
There are many reasons why your teeth are discolored or show visible stains. Just like we all have different skin tones and hair color, people have a different tooth color. Some adult teeth are more yellow than others, while others may yellow with aging. There are two types of stains: extrinsic staining and intrinsic staining. The type of discoloration may determine if your dentist will recommend bleaching your tooth or alternative cosmetic solution.
Extrinsic stains form on the surface of the tooth as a result of exposure to dark-colored beverages, foods, tobacco, and routine wear and tear. Superficial type stains are minor and can be removed with brushing and prophylactic dental cleaning. Difficult extrinsic stains can be removed with more extensive efforts, like teeth whitening. Chronic extrinsic stains can pierce into the dentin and become deep-rooted if they are not dealt with early.
Intrinsic stains form on the interior of the tooth. For example, intrinsic stains can result from trauma, aging, exposure to minerals (like tetracycline) during tooth formation or too much ingestion of fluoride. Today, cosmetic dentistry experts have found solutions to correct teeth with intrinsic type stains. Alternatively, there are additional cosmetic solutions, such as dental veneers.
Teeth Whitening Options
Professional in-office teeth whitening is the most effective whitening procedure. In-office whitening uses stronger whitening agents to complete the whitening treatment safely. At Green Gregson Family Dentistry, we offer Philips Zoom in-office whitening. With Zoom in-office whitening you can brighten your smile immediately, and unlock the confidence you’ve always wanted.
Zoom in-office whitening is a combination of whitening ingredients, and proprietary LED light to accelerate the whitening gel reaction. Specifically, your teeth can be several shades whiter by reversing stains from food and drinks, aging, even discoloration from some types of medication. As a result, you will leave our Metairie office with an instantly brighter, more confident smile in 90-120 minutes
Our team will begin the procedure with a short preparation to protect the soft tissues followed by 3-4 15 minute sessions of whitening gel application. Occasionally, some patients will experience a temporary tooth sensitivity for 24 hours after treatment. By using the post-treatment gel any tooth sensitivity will subside, as well as help protect tooth enamel. Also, we will also provide you with custom bleaching trays and a take-home professional whitening kit to take home.
What does this mean for you as our patient?
- Quick, effective whitening in one office visit
- Custom take-home whitening trays
- Trained dentist office team managing your treatment to ensure your optimal comfort
Zoom Whitening In Action
Whitening with Bleaching Tray
Custom fit teeth bleaching trays are made for each patient who completes the in-office whitening procedure and patients who want a professional teeth whitening at home. The take-home bleaching trays may be more cost-effective than the in-office whitening procedure. The whitening gel provided by Green Gregson Family Dentistry with your take-home bleaching trays is stronger than over the counter (OTC) whitening products.
First, a mold is taken of your teeth so a replica of your teeth can be made. Next, the mold is used to fabricate a custom tray to hold the whitening gel against your teeth. These bleaching trays are yours to keep and can be used whenever you feel that you need an additional whitening in the future. The whitening gel is placed into the tray and then fitted onto your teeth. Finally, Our team will show you how to perform further applications of the gel at home. In a short period, you will notice whiter teeth and a more attractive smile.
In order to purchase take home bleaching trays, you can expect to visit our Metairie office for two 15 minute appointments. First, the mold will be taken of your teeth. Second, our team will show you the proper way to use the bleaching trays at home. Contact our Metairie Dentist office today to be fitted for bleaching trays.