Teeth Whitening in Gretna, LA
Many people want whiter teeth. White teeth look healthy and look great. What many people don't realize though is that getting your pearly whites white doesn't require expensive and invasive dental treatment like crowns or veneers which shave down the teeth. Teeth can be whitened with bleaching trays and gels. Dr. Schafer is a believer in whitening, as it's a safe procedure that is much gentler on your teeth as well as your wallet than other cosmetic treatments.
What is Teeth Whitening?
Whitening or bleaching is a process of lightening the color of your teeth by using gels that are applied directly to the teeth for anywhere between 30 minutes to 8 hours depending on the concentration of the gel.
At NOLA Dentures and General Dentistry, all of our patients who want whitening get trays that are custom molded to your mouth. Dr. Schafer usually recommends the gels that are worn for eight hours or during sleep as they are gentler on the teeth and get a better long-term result.
Two types of stains darken teeth. Eating, drinking, and smoking cause external stains and can be removed by whitening but also by professional dental cleanings. These are also the easier of the two types of stains to prevent and change.
The natural colors inside the tooth cause internal staining which is much more difficult to change. Internal staining can be caused by certain antibiotics or minerals like fluoride consumed during childhood. Thankfully, with modern whitening gels, these stains can be almost eliminated to give you a white, bright smile.
Does Teeth Whitening Work on Fillings?
Unfortunately, whitening does not work on dental fillings and crowns. When patients have dental restorations that are on teeth that will be bleached, Dr. Schafer recommends replacement of these fillings 3 or 4 weeks after completion of bleaching so that the new filling can be appropriately matched to the new color of the teeth.
General Teeth Whitening
NOLA Dentures and General Dentistry uses two types of dental whitening gels which depend on the level of staining. The first is a 10 percent carbamide peroxide gel, which works well for most patients. Dr. Schafer likes this gel because it is gentle enough to wear for eight hours during sleep but strong enough to get the job done in a few weeks or a month. It is also economical which makes teeth whitening a very affordable option.
Deep Teeth Bleaching
For people with very dark teeth with a lot of internal staining, Dr. Schafer uses the KöR whitening gel. KöR whitening gel is a much more powerful whitening gel that has the added benefit of less sensitivity than other powerful whitening gels. For pictures of common KöR cases, please visit KöR 's Gallery. While anyone can use KöR, Dr. Schafer especially recommends it for patients who have tried whitening in the past and have not liked their results or who have signs of fluoride or antibiotic staining.
Are You Ready to Get Started?
If you are interested in whitening your teeth or need to whiten your teeth more, call us today at NOLA Dentures and General Dentistry.