Let’s face it: having yellow teeth isn’t pretty, even if compared to someone wearing dentures. If people see you with a set of yellow teeth, they will get the impression that you’ve never heard of dentists, toothbrushes, and basic oral hygiene. Being labeled as an unsanitary person can destroy anybody’s self-confidence. If your self-esteem is now  six feet under because of discolored teeth, it’s high time to visit Dr. Patrice A. Barber and Alliance Family Dental in Fayetteville, NC and inquire about teeth whitening.

Teeth whitening treatments are the fastest way to obtain a radiant, glistening smile. There are multiple whitening methods, but they all fall under two main categories- professional and home whitening treatments. Both have their fair share of pros and cons, so the choice is up to you. Dr. Barber can discuss which option is best for you.

Home whitening is considered do-it-yourself. Popular home whitening methods use over-the-counter products like whitening gel strips or bleaching trays. The main advantage of this type of teeth whitening is availability, since most home whitening products can be bought without a prescription. It is clinically proven that home whitening can change your teeth’s color up to 6 shades lighter than the original, but you must be careful since the bleaching agent can cause tooth sensitivity or burn the gums and lips.

On the other hand, in-office is whitening is performed by a dental experts like a Dr. Barber at Alliance Family Dental. Dr. Barber starts by applying a protective gel on your gums to protect the tissue and cover your teeth in a hydrogen peroxide gel, a strong bleaching agent. To help the whitening process, Dr. Barber can use a special light or laser technology to speed up the process or improve the whitening effect. The gel is washed off after 15 to 20 minutes, then the process is repeated until you have that shiny white smile that many dream of.

Having whiter teeth provides a lot of benefits aside from satisfying feelings about physical beauty; a gorgeous smile can open a lot of doors for new friendships to begin. If you want, you can also share your positive experience with others and encourage them to try whitening services provided by the expert staff at Alliance Family Dental.

Teeth whitening can be done in the office or, if you wish to, by yourself at home. However, it is not advisable that you attempt to perform teeth whitening by yourself. The bleaching procedures are a delicate process.

Bleach Whitening

There are two other types of teeth whitening out in the market today; bleach whitening is one of them. Bleach whitening, which is offered by Alliance Family Dental, is actually one of the fastest ways to whiten teeth. Instead of applying a protective gel for the gums and using hydrogen peroxide, the whitening solution is directly applied to the teeth. After just an hour, customers will already see significant changes. Succeeding sessions can gradually whiten the teeth within weeks.

Laser Teeth Whitening

Laser teeth whitening is one of the most advanced dental procedures available. The procedure involves sophisticated laser equipment and repeat procedures, so it costs a lot more than other teeth whitening options. However, like all teeth whitening procedures, it’s non-invasive and painless. Laser-based whitening is actually faster than bleach whitening or regular teeth whitening procedures. A single session can produce the same results as that of several bleaching sessions.

Advantages and Disadvantages

Bleach whitening procedures are advisable for people who have enough time and money to spare for teeth whitening. Teeth whitening is undeniably something that takes up much time. Multiple 30-60 minute sessions can easily eat up someone’s free time. But, while bleach teeth whitening takes a bit longer, it can surely deliver good results.

Laser teeth whitening is a much better choice for someone who doesn’t have much time for repeat sessions. However, as stated before, laser teeth whitening is more expensive than bleach whitening procedures offered by Alliance Family Dental in Fayetteville, NC. Be sure that you discuss the costs with our office if you plan to undergo laser teeth whitening.