Do My Teeth Need Whitening?

At Avalon Family Dentistry, our highest priority is helping each and every patient achieve optimal health.  Once that is achieved, we love when our patients want the fun things, like whitening, that will take their confidence to a whole new level. That’s why we offer safe and effective teeth whitening services that eliminate most teeth stains. Imagine what brightening your smile several shades would be like!

How Does Teeth Whitening Work?

As the years go by, many factors, including repeated exposure to highly pigmented foods and beverages, genetics, poor oral hygiene, the use of tobacco products, and certain medical conditions and medications, can lead to tooth staining and discoloration. Teeth whitening involves placing hydrogen or carbamide peroxide gel on the surfaces of the discolored teeth. The whitening agent breaks down the stains below the tooth enamel, resulting in whiter teeth and a brighter smile.

Are You a Candidate for Teeth Whitening?

Professional teeth whitening is perfect for most individuals with staining on their teeth.  However, it’s important to note that whitening does not correct all types of discoloration. It is highly effective on yellow teeth, while gray teeth or teeth stained due to injury or the use of certain medications may not deliver ideal results. Moreover, teeth whitening only works on natural teeth, so it will not lift stains off restorations such as fillings or crowns. If teeth whitening isn’t right for you, we may recommend different cosmetic dentistry solutions, including dental bonding or veneers, to deliver your bright and ideal smile. 

What Are Your Teeth Whitening Options?

Over-the-Counter Teeth Whitening Products: You’ll find different peroxide-based whitening products available at your local drugstore, including whitening gels, paints, or Whitestrips. The challenge with ANY over-the-counter product is no testing is done to check their safety and effectiveness.  Many of these products do not work at all, or they may cause damage to your teeth.  We do not recommend whitening tooth paste for the majority of our patients.  We have found that the whitening toothpastes are too abrasive and cause unnecessary and unwanted sensitivity.

Professional Teeth Whitening: Professional teeth whitening is the best and safest way to achieve a bright and confident smile. While results may vary from individual to individual, most of our patients enjoy stunning results.  We utilize an amazing, cost effective, ADA(American Dental Association) tested whitening pack that will easily fit into your schedule and provide you fantastic results.

Is Teeth Whitening Safe?

Whitening is one of the safest and most rewarding dental procedures the product used is obtained from a dental professional.   Some patients may experience mild tooth sensitivity right after the procedure. However, that temporary side effect subsides soon after treatment without any intervention. 

How Can You Maintain Your Whitening Results?

The best way to keep your teeth white and bright is to maintain a proper oral hygiene routine, including regular brushing and flossing. We recommend limiting the consumption of foods and beverages with staining agents and refraining from the use of tobacco products. Make sure to visit Avalon Family Dentistry for your preventive recare appointments, at the interval recommended by our dental hygienists to keep your mouth clean and healthy. You may require future touch-up whitening treatments to maintain your bright and dazzling smile.

Teeth Whitening Near Me

Contact Avalon Family Dentistry in Federal Way, WA, to learn more about our safe and effective professional teeth whitening. Our exceptional team is committed to utilizing groundbreaking technology and time-tested products to deliver dramatic results! Are you ready to achieve a brilliant smile? Contact us at (253) 941-6365 or fill out our contact form to request your appointment today!