Tooth whitening is a cost-effective and safe cosmetic dental procedure to create a beautiful, healthy smile. Dr. Bryan Bumpas offers take-home teeth whitening for patients who want a brighter smile. Teeth naturally darken with age, and common lifestyle habits can often cause them to become yellow or stained. Common causes of tooth discoloration include tobacco use, excess sugar, certain medications such as antihistamines, and enamel staining food and drinks. Dr. Bryan Bumpas is an Edmond, OK dentist that provides take-home teeth whitening so that his patients can whiten teeth effectively in the comfort of their own homes. Learn about this method below:
Professional Teeth Whitening Treatment
At Prairie Dental Group we offer custom whitening trays with Opalescence whitening gel and Opalescence Go-Trays. To ensure a custom-fit, you position your teeth in the provided tray, bite down, and then remove the outer tray. The tray will conform to your teeth for minimal sensitivity and even whitening of the teeth. Before inserting trays to whiten teeth, brush and floss your teeth. Then, evenly apply the gel to the tray and you are ready for treatment.
Opalescence Go Teeth Whitening Offers many features and benefits to patients:
- No impressions are required
- Ready to use gel and tray
- The UltraFit tray conforms to your smile
- The whitening gel contains potassium nitrate and fluoride
Treatment is available using either 10% or 15% hydrogen peroxide, which is an important teeth whitening agent. Patients who choose the gel treatment that contains 10% hydrogen peroxide wear the trays for 30 to 60 minutes for 5 to 10 days. The gel treatment containing 15% hydrogen peroxide requires that patients wear the trays for 15 to 20 minutes for 5 to 10 days.
Teeth Whitening FAQs
What are the alternatives to teeth whitening?
There are not many alternatives to teeth whitening procedures for your whole mouth. However, porcelain veneers and dental crowns can cover one or several discolored teeth. These options are great for patients that do not need a complete smile makeover and are looking for an economical solution.
Is the teeth whitening procedure safe?
Professional teeth whitening by a licensed dentist is completely safe for you and for your teeth. Children who are under the age of 13 should avoid tooth whitening because their teeth are still forming. Pregnant or lactating women should also avoid tooth whitening procedures because the calcium in their teeth may be weakened by their pregnancy. Everyone else can approach tooth whitening as a safe and effective way to erase years of damage and staining from their teeth.
Are store-bought whitening kits effective?
Over-the-counter tooth whiteners advertise that they can create whiter teeth quickly and easily. Whitening strips, toothpaste, and gels cannot provide the same quality of brightness that you would experience from having your teeth whitened with a professional kit. Some over-the-counter products actually contain chemicals that can cause damage to your teeth and gums. If you are really interested in having your teeth whitened, it is best to visit a dentist and receive a take-home kit.
Schedule an Appointment Today
Do you want a whiter and brighter smile? Call Prairie Dental Group in Edmond, OK at 405.254.0656. You may also request a consultation with Dr. Bumpas on our website.