Looking for professional teeth whitening? We are here to provide you with the best teeth whitening treatment in Shreveport.
A brilliant, attractive smile conveys confidence and vitality. As we age, our teeth naturally darken. One of the most popular ways to enhance your smile and improve your appearance is teeth whitening.
With teeth whitening, products can bleach the enamel to remove discolorations and stains from teeth. We offer custom-made bleaching trays, take-home disposable bleaching trays, and bleaching strips with a higher concentration of bleach than over-the-counter bleaching options.
Why Teeth Stain
Tooth stains fall into two categories – extrinsic and intrinsic stains. The extrinsic, or external, stains only impact the surface of the teeth. Intrinsic stains are present inside the teeth and are harder to remove than extrinsic stains. Usually, extrinsic stains look yellow or brown, while internal stains are typically gray or blue in color.
You can develop teeth staining from a variety of causes, including:
- Beverages such as coffee, teas, and colas
- Excessive fluoride
- Insufficient oral hygiene
- Nerve degeneration
Taking the First Step
During your initial visit, your dentist will examine your teeth and gums. At that time, the doctor will explain the recommendations and discuss your options. We generally have all of our bleaching options in stock, and we can start the process to make custom-made bleaching trays, or you can purchase a take-home product the same day.
If you have any questions, or if you would like to schedule an appointment to discuss your teeth-whitening options, contact us today at 318-865-3311.
FAQs about Teeth Whitening
What are my options for teeth whitening?
With teeth whitening, patients can choose from multiple at-home systems.
For custom bleaching trays, we will take molds of your teeth and supply you with custom trays as well as professional-grade whitening solution. The trays are generally finished within a week. Simply apply a thin layer of gel to the trays and wear them as directed each day. Most patients notice a difference in 10 to 14 days, and the full impact will appear at the end of the whitening time period.
Does teeth whitening work?
Every patient is different and will, therefore, see different results. Our patients find great success in using any of our at-home bleaching options. Most people see desired results after about two weeks. We will provide you with advice on how to most-effectively bleach your teeth, and if one option does not work, you can try another.
What is the difference between products at a dental office and the kits I can by from the drug store?
Drug store whitening kits don’t have the strength that professional-grade whitening kits provide, so many times, patients won’t achieve the results they desire. As well, these whitening kits often irritate gums and soft tissue because they aren’t customized to fit your mouth.
What if teeth whitening won’t work?
In some cases, especially where deep intrinsic stains exist, teeth whitening may not be the best option. We will review your case and can recommend other alternatives, like porcelain veneers or cosmetic crowns, if teeth whitening doesn’t fit your situation.
Is teeth whitening safe?
Many dentists consider teeth bleaching the safest cosmetic procedure available today. With careful supervision, you can lighten your teeth up to 10 shades whiter and take years off your appearance.
What about side effects?
Some patients develop mild sensitivity after whitening. Time and toothpaste that alleviates this sensation will help minimize any discomfort you feel.