Teeth Whitening in O Fallon, MO
How would you like to have a brighter, whiter smile? Now you can! This procedure is highly recommended by Dr. Logan. (In fact, Dr. Logan and his staff have all whitened their teeth with this process.)
It’s easy. Dr. Logan takes a quick mold of your teeth and then makes custom whitening trays that fit your teeth perfectly. You are provided with a gentle whitening agent that is placed inside the trays. These custom fit trays help protect the gums from leaking gel, are more comfortable than store-bought trays and produce better results. Dr. Logan can advise you on your teeth whitening process to ensure that you are a good candidate for whitening and address problems if they arise. Discoloration can be due to decay, trauma, or nerve damage, not just the aging process, so it is important to have an initial exam before beginning any whitening procedure.
Dr. Logan’s office also offers a Lifetime Whitening Program. For one low enrollment fee, patients can receive custom made whitening trays. Patients who maintain their regular dental hygiene appointments receive free whitening gel at each follow up appointment.
The process couldn’t be easier, and the results are fantastic — whiter, brighter teeth.
Professional Whitening Methods
Professional whitening makes use of high-concentration bleaching gels that are not available over the counter.
In-Office Whitening — This technique offers the fastest results with the most powerful whitening solutions available. First, your gums and tooth-root surfaces will be covered with a protective barrier to ensure your safety. A thin plastic device known as a retractor will hold your lips and cheeks away from your teeth as a professional-strength hydrogen peroxide gel is applied. The gel will be left on for about an hour. When it is removed, the results will be obvious immediately.
Take-Home Whitening — This is another effective way to whiten your teeth, though you will play a greater role in ensuring the best possible results and several weeks may be needed to achieve your desired level of whiteness. First, a mold of your teeth will be taken and then two thin, flexible plastic mouth trays will be custom-made for you — one for the top teeth and one for the bottom. You will fill the trays with whitening gel and then position the trays over your teeth. The trays are left in usually for about an hour at a time.
Caring for Your Whitened Smile
There are lots of things you can do to make sure your whitening results last as long as possible, and this will vary from person to person (six months to two years or even longer). First of all, please maintain your usual, conscientious routine of brushing and flossing every day, and keep up with your regular schedule of professional cleanings at the dental office. Avoid foods and beverages that stain, including red wine, tea and coffee. If you smoke, use your newly whitened teeth as an impetus to quit — a good idea in any event! A minor touch-up every so often, either at home or at the dental office, can keep your smile bright and beautiful for years.