Teeth whitening is a simple yet highly effective way to restore the radiance and shine of almost any smile. Using professional-grade whitening agents, this treatment lifts noticeable stains and discoloration from the teeth for a whiter, brighter smile. In-office treatment can be completed in less than one hour and results are noticeable immediately. Dr. Jason Keefe of 5 Mile Smiles is pleased to offer both in-office teeth whitening and take-home whitening kits to North Spokane patients who want to revitalize their lackluster or dull smile.
Can I Benefit from Teeth Whitening?
You may benefit from teeth whitening if you have tooth stains or discoloration due to any of the following:
- Consumption of tea, coffee, red wine or dark-colored foods
- Tobacco use
- Poor oral hygiene
- Genetic factors
- Certain medications (e.g., tetracycline)
- Tooth decay or disease
It’s important to note that not all forms of stains and discoloration respond well to teeth whitening. Dr. Keefe will carefully evaluate your teeth to determine whether teeth whitening can produce the results you seek. Depending on the nature and cause of the stains and discoloration, the dentist may recommend an alternative treatment, such as porcelain veneers, which are thin pieces of tooth-colored porcelain slipped over the front surface of teeth to mask cosmetic flaws, including stains. Keep in mind that dental restorations, including fillings and crowns, will not respond to teeth whitening.
If Dr. Keefe determines you are a suitable candidate for teeth whitening, he will discuss the treatment details with you. He may recommend teeth whitening as a standalone procedure or as part of a smile makeover for even more transformative results.
In-Office Teeth Whitening: Procedure Details
In-office teeth whitening takes approximately one hour to complete in our office. Treatment is supervised at all times by a member of our trained and experienced dental team. Prior to whitening your teeth, your lips and gums will be covered with a special guard. The bleaching agent will be applied to the teeth and activated with a blue light. The gel will remain on the teeth for approximately 15 minutes. At that time, the bleaching agent will be removed. The bleaching agent is re-applied and activated several times, until the desired shade of white is achieved. Results are instantaneous; expect your teeth to appear up to eight shades lighter!
Take-Home Whitening Kits
Are you on the go and prefer to whiten your teeth on your time? Or, do you wish to enhance the results of a previous in-office teeth whitening treatment? 5 Mile Smiles can provide you with a set of customized whitening trays so you can whiten your teeth at your convenience. Unlike whitening strips and trays available over the counter, customized whitening trays provided by our practice are molded to fit well over your mouth, preventing whitening gel from leaking and irritating the soft tissues of your mouth. If you have a big event coming up, like a wedding or graduation, take-home whitening kits may be the perfect solution to put an extra sparkle in your smile!
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