Brighten your teeth with Chestnut Dental
Chestnut Dental is proud to offer teeth whitening to serve patients across Massachusetts, and over 5 decades of experience refining the Chestnut Dental coordinated care model. If you’re wondering how teeth whitening treatments can improve the appearance of your smile, read below.
It is common for your teeth to darken over time. Changes in the color of your teeth can be caused by such factors as the food and beverages consumed (like coffee, tea, red wine, and soda). Other known factors for discoloration may include childhood medications or illnesses, tobacco use, or improper oral hygiene. We can provide a variety of options for whitening your smile that range in cost and length of treatment time.
What Is Teeth Whitening?
Teeth whitening is the process of improving the appearance of teeth by removing surface stains. Specialized tooth bleaches break stains into smaller pieces, which in turn lightens the color and improves the overall appearance of teeth.
While some patients may wish to restore the natural color of their teeth, other patients may be interested in options to improve the appearance of their teeth beyond their natural color.
How to Keep Your Teeth Naturally White and Prevent Tooth Staining
- Limit or quit tobacco use. Smoking or chewing tobacco can make teeth appear more yellow. Smoking also increases the likelihood of gum disease and tooth loss.
- Be mindful of foods and drinks that can stain your teeth. This includes drinking coffee, black tea, or red wine. It is recommended that you drink water or rinse your mouth with water afterward, as a preventative habit. Carbonated drinks, sports drinks, and even the acidity of white wine can soften tooth enamel over time. Dark berries, dark sauces, and different kinds of vinegar can affect the appearance of your teeth as well.
- Floss and brush daily. Maintaining healthy, regular dental habits helps prevent staining, tooth decay, and gum disease.
- Visit your us! Our dentists at Chestnut Dental can evaluate your overall oral healthy and make the best recommendations to you.
- Incorporate a stain-removing toothpaste into your routine. Whitening toothpastes with an ADA Seal Of Acceptance on the packaging can help fight stains on the surface of your teeth.
Teeth Whitening Options at Chestnut Dental
In-Office Whitening with Zoom Professional
Our Chestnut Dental locations are glad to offer Zoom Professional In-Office Whitening By Phillips as a professional teeth whitening option. This blue LED light whitening technology can whiten teeth up to 8 shades in a single 1-2 hour visit. Results are immediate, and the technology can be adjusted to accommodate individualized patient sensitivity levels and desired results.
At-Home Whitening With Custom Trays
Zoom At-Home Whitening With Custom Trays is a professional-level treatment you can only get from a dental provider. After a consultation with one of our dentists, they will prescribe the best option based on your sensitivity level and esthetic goals. Our dentists will then create a custom mouth tray that fits your teeth and gum line to hold the whitening gel each day as you apply the treatment at home.
Crest White Strips
Professional Crest White Strips is an at-home whitening strip kit we offer that is not available in stores. With a one-hour time commitment, every day for 2 weeks, patients can see professional-level whitening results. How is it different? Call our office to speak to our dentists!
Compare Different Teeth Whitening Options
|Treatment Time||How Long?||Benefits|
|In-Office Teeth Whitening||45 Minutes||Avg. 8 Shades||Immediate Results
Safe & Comfortable
Performed by Dental Professional
|Take Home Custom Trays||7-14 Days||6 Shades||Self-Applied
|Crest Whitening Strips||7-30 Days||4 Shades||Self-Applied
Questions About Whitening Your Teeth
Am I a Candidate for Teeth Whitening?
You may be a candidate for professional teeth whitening if you are experiencing discoloration, but otherwise have healthy teeth and healthy gums. Schedule a consultation with us to find out if tooth whitening could be right for you. Some patients, such as those who are pregnant or sensitive to whitening agents, may not be candidates for professional whitening.
What Should I Expect When I Get My Teeth Whitened?
Teeth whitening consists of a thorough cleaning and polishing of the teeth, with all debris carefully removed. Your dentist will then protect your gums before applying a whitening agent to the surface of your teeth. The product will be activated and left on the teeth for several minutes before being washed off with water. Your results will vary according to the natural shade of your teeth and degree of discoloration, but it is normal for patients to experience a lightening of several shades in a single visit.
What Type of Post-Treatment Care is Required After Having My Teeth Whitened?
It is normal to experience some tooth sensitivity following a professional whitening treatment. You may be instructed to avoid consuming highly pigmented beverages for at least 24 hours to prevent the teeth from becoming stained again. Examples include tea, coffee and wine. Depending on your results and long-term teeth whitening goals, you may also be sent home from your procedure with an at-home whitening kit for later use. Our dentists will further explain during your appointment.
Why Choose Chestnut Dental for Teeth Whitening?
Whitening under the care of Chestnut Dental will be tailored to your sensitivity level and provide the outcome want in the desired amount of time. Should you have questions during your appointment, we’ll be able to address them and provide appropriate consult. If you’re ready to whiten your teeth, contact our offices in Bedford, Needham, or Franklin today!