Professional Teeth Whitening
Brighten your smile with professional teeth whitening from Morris Dental Associates in Abilene, Texas. Dr. Morris offers professional teeth whitening services for patients in-office and at home.
Professional Teeth Whitening Versus Over-the-Counter Solutions
If you have ever considered over-the-counter teeth whitening solutions, you may be wondering how it is different from professional teeth whitening. Overall, professional teeth whitening is more accurate and practical than over-the-counter solutions. Most professional teeth whitening solutions use prescription strength bleach, which is more vital than over-the-counter solutions. Professional teeth whitening can whiten your teeth in more shades than other products. Additionally, professional teeth whitening is more accurate. Whether in-office or at home, the whitening solution reaches more areas of your teeth, decreasing the risk of missing spots. Lastly, professional teeth whitening is done under the supervision of a dentist, Dr. Morris, making it safer than over-the-counter solutions. Dr. Morris can examine your teeth before and during the procedure to ensure they are healthy enough to undergo whitening.
At-Home Professional Teeth Whitening
Dr. Morris understands that many patients in Abilene, Texas, have busy lives and do not have time for in-office whitening. For this, Dr. Morris offers at-home professional teeth whitening in Abilene, Texas. Before the whitening procedure, Dr. Morris will examine your teeth and ensure they are healthy enough to undergo teeth whitening. Then Dr. Morris will make a custom whitening tray for you at home. To make this tray, she will first make an impression of your teeth and then send the image to a lab for the tray to be made. Once the tray is completed, Dr. Morris will give you a professional teeth whitening solution. She will instruct you on when and how to use the solution. The custom teeth whitening tray is specially designed to have pockets for the answer to sit and whiten your teeth. Dr. Morris will recommend how long you should wear the whitening tray and solution each day.
In-Office Professional Teeth Whitening
Another type of professional teeth whitening is an in-office treatment. Again, Dr. Morris will first examine your teeth to ensure they are healthy enough to undergo the treatment. If they are, Dr. Morris will schedule a time with you for the treatment. During the treatment, Dr. Morris will put a whitening solution directly on your teeth. You will sit with the solution on the teeth for an allotted time. In a few appointments, you can achieve your dream white smile.
Professional Teeth Whitening with a Laser
Another in-office whitening procedure is professional teeth whitening with a laser. Like the in-office teeth whitening procedure described above, Dr. Morris will place a teeth whitening solution on your teeth. Then, Dr. Morris will use a laser to heat the whitening solution and whiten the teeth. Professional teeth whitening with a laser can lighten your teeth up to 10 shades.
How to Maintain White Teeth
During or following your professional teeth whitening procedure, Dr. Morris may recommend a few ways to maintain your white teeth. Standard drinks such as colas, coffee, and red wine can stain the teeth. Drinking these drinks through a straw and rinsing your mouth with water after drinking them can reduce their contact with your teeth. You can also use whitening toothpaste and mouthwash during your oral health routine to help maintain white teeth. If you take medication that can cause a dry mouth, such as blood pressure medication, antihistamines like Benadryl, or antipsychotics, ensure you stay hydrated. These medications are a part of a class called anticholinergics which can decrease bodily secretions, including saliva. Saliva helps rinse your teeth throughout the day so bacteria and debris do not fester.
Professional teeth whitening can help you transform your smile. At Morris Dental Associates, Dr. Morris recommends professional teeth whitening because it is more accurate and safer. For more information about professional teeth whitening or to schedule an appointment, call our office.