Teeth whitening and bleaching may just seem like a cosmetic procedure, but research shows that a whiter smile is a more confident smile, and definitely promotes better self-esteem. Our Baltimore cosmetic dentist, at Quest Dental, performs supervised teeth whitening tailored to each particular patient. The process can be done to reduce stained or discolored teeth, or simply provide our patients with a brighter, whiter smile. Our whitening specialists can brighten your smile in just one hour and, when properly maintained, the results will last for several years.
Before your whitening process, our Baltimore cosmetic dentist will clean your teeth, fill any cavities, and check your gums to make sure they are healthy enough to continue. Most in-office procedures use a hydrogen peroxide paste and a high intensity light to speed up the bleaching chemical reaction. The process can actually whiten your teeth four to six shades lighter, after only one 60 minute treatment. Our Baltimore cosmetic dentist also offers teeth whitening systems you can use at home where the whitening can be seen in a matter of days. This involves taking molds of your mouth so we can have soft, custom mouth trays made for you. You wear the tray for two hours a day or while you sleep, after a thin ribbon of the chemical is put into it. Your teeth will become their whitest in one to two weeks. The combination of in-office and at-home systems can actually achieve up to 12 to 15 shades of whitening in most patients.
There are several types of teeth whitening procedures available and during your initial consultation, our Baltimore cosmetic dentist will explain each procedure, and preferred products, to help you decide what type of tooth whitening and bleaching product is best for you. Whether in-office or at home, the strength of the bleaching gels and the level of whiteness desired will also be decided on. If you should choose to go with an at-home whitening system, our helpful staff at Quest Dental is available for you throughout the treatment period for any questions or concerns. When monitored and supervised by our Baltimore cosmetic dentist, teeth whitening procedures are considered safe and quite effective.