Everybody loves a bright white smile, and there are a variety of products and procedures at Lakeside Smiles available to help you improve the look of yours. Professional teeth whitening by our Holland cosmetic dentists at Lakeside Smiles is your best choice when you need immediate whitening results. This procedure is called chairside bleaching. During chairside bleaching, our Holland Cosmetic Dentist will apply either a protective gel to your gums or a rubber shield to protect the oral soft tissues. A bleaching agent is then applied to your teeth and a special light is used to enhance the action of the agent.
Some patients prefer to do the whitening in the privacy of their own home and here at Lakeside Dental we do offer several types of safe, effective products for use at home which can be dispensed by our Holland Cosmetic Dentist. They are generally teeth whitening trays, strips, or paint-on products. These products contain peroxide(s) which actually bleach the tooth enamel, eliminating pesky surface stains. Peroxide-containing whiteners come in a gel and are placed in teeth whitening trays. Some products are used twice a day for 2 weeks, while others are intended for overnight use for 1-2 weeks. At Lakeside Smiles, we will make a custom-fitted teeth whitening tray for you that will fit your teeth precisely. On the other hand, teeth whitening strips, which are available in your local pharmacy, are thin, flexible plastic strips containing a thin film of hydrogen peroxide bleaching on one side. Whitening strip kits often come with two types of strips: one for the upper teeth and one for the lower teeth. The bleaching agent is applied by placing the strips over your teeth and gently pressing the strips into place to make sure there is total contact with all your teeth. Teeth whitening strips are typically worn for 30 minutes a day, twice a day and the duration of treatment will vary.
Another option is paint-on teeth whitening which allows you to apply a bleaching agent directly to your teeth without a tray or strip. You simply “paint” the whitener onto the surface of clean, dry teeth and wait about 30 minutes while the paint turns to a dry film. To remove this film, you simply brush your teeth with a toothbrush. Paint-on whitening products require twice-daily applications to be effective. The duration of treatment will vary. An advantage in this process is that you can selectively paint individual teeth. If you decide you would like to go beyond regular care to make your smile even brighter, you should investigate all of your options with the Holland cosmetic dentists at Lakeside Smiles.