Are you considering professional teeth whitening? Dr. Philip Miner at Miner Dental offers several treatments to help you quickly get back to a radiant smile. It’s helpful to understand the process of in-office whitening, and here are some initial questions to help you with your decision.
Not all stains are created equal. Some are resistant to the bleaching process. Discoloration from trauma, developmental exposure to tetracycline, and too much fluoride exposure sometimes resist bleach whitening procedures. Stains that respond well to professional whitening treatments include:
Unlike the treatments you can acquire in your local drugstore, in-office bleaching gels are more potent to provide you with lightning-fast results. In-office bleaching offers you the fastest and safest teeth whitening option.
First, a thorough cleaning removes any lingering plaque or other debris. After cleaning, a quick dental examination will check for issues like cracks, tooth decay, and gum disease. This step helps prevent irritation during treatment these underlying dental issues can cause. Once cleaned and examined, the dentist may take a photo to serve as a guide to assess whitening progress.
A protective barrier is applied to your gum tissue to prevent irritation. Then the whitening method begins. Professional whitening can alter the shade of your teeth from two to three shades up to as many as eight shades whiter. It typically takes a few days after the treatment for your teeth to settle into their final shade. Immediately after treatment, they will be brighter.
This professional whitening treatment does not require the use of light activation. Instead, the Opalescence gel application sits for 10-15 minutes. Every 5 minutes, the gel will be agitated on your teeth to provide the strongest effect. Up to five treatments in the same sitting may be completed, each lasting 10-15 minutes in length. Opalescence also offers a take-home whitening kit to help maintain your new color.
The first step to a more vibrant smile in New Braunfels, Texas, is to reach out to Miner Dental for your initial consultation. Dr. Philip Miner can discuss your goals with you and help you find the best solution for your tooth whitening needs. Call Miner Dental today at (210) 934-5265 to schedule your first appointment.
With over 30 plus years of expertise in the industry, Dr. Miner brings a wealth of skill and knowledge in providing his patients with beautiful and healthy smiles.
Dr. Miner graduated from the University of Texas School of Dentistry, where he was a member of the Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society. He is a member of the American Dental Association, the San Antonio District Dental Society, the Academy of General Dentistry, and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.
Dr. Philip Miner and his dedicated team are committed to providing exceptional dental care to patients in San Antonio, TX, and nearby communities.