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If you have a special event coming up or you just feel like your teeth need a little brightening, you can get a beautiful and white smile in less than an hour. Teeth whitening is a fast and affordable cosmetic dentistry treatment that can remove years of stains and discoloration, boosting your appearance and your self-confidence.
Our team at Galt Family Dentistry provides two types of teeth whitening to fit your lifestyle and your budget. One is done right in our office in Fort Lauderdale and takes less than an hour. The other is a take-home product that you wear for about 15 minutes a day for ten days.
Both methods provide impressive results, effectively bleaching your teeth and removing stains, especially after a teeth cleaning. A professional teeth cleaning is the perfect start for your brighter, whiter smile. It helps to remove any food particles and bacteria that can contribute to tooth stains and interfere with the whitening treatment.
What Causes Tooth Stains?
Tooth stains stem from a variety of issues affecting a tooth’s inner and outer layers. The hard outer layer is called the enamel, and the middle layer is called the dentin. The color of your teeth actual is a combination of light reflected off the enamel and the color of the dentin underneath.
Thanks to our genetic makeup, our tooth enamel has different thicknesses and smoothness. The color of dentin shows through more strongly if the enamel is thin. As we age, all tooth enamel tends to grow thinner—and the dentin darkens. What’s more, what we eat and drink and our lifestyle also can affect the color of our enamel because tooth enamel is porous.
The most common reasons for tooth stains are:
- Beverages such as coffee, tea, red wine, and soda
- Tobacco products including chewing tobacco, cigars and cigarettes
- Certain medications including tetracycline
- Poor hygiene, which can lead to dental decay
Brushing twice a day, flossing once a day, and drinking water all help wash away stain-causing foods and liquids.
Opalescence Boost Teeth Whitening: Whiten Your Teeth during Your Appointment
Galt Family Dentistry is proud to offer Opalescence Boost Teeth Whitening so you can whiten your smile while you relax in our care. Opalescence Boost uses a tooth-whitening gel of potassium nitrate and fluoride, which research has shown helps reduce cavities, minimize tooth sensitivity, and increase the hardness of your natural tooth enamel.
Opalescence Boost is chemically activated, so it doesn’t require using any hot, uncomfortable light to take effect. It’s a quick, effective, and pain-free way to whiten teeth and remove stains without much of a wait.
Our hygienist or dentist first will confirm that you don’t have any cavities or gum disease. Then our dental professional will assess your current tooth color and will apply the whitening gel to your teeth with a gentle, brushed tip. The process is comfortable and fast. You’ll notice the results before you’re ready to leave.
Whiten Your Teeth at Home with Opalescence Go®
If you prefer to whiten your teeth at home, ask us about Opalescence Go. Available only from dentists, Opalescence Go is a professional-strength teeth whitening product that can brighten your teeth dramatically in less than two weeks. It’s also a great way to touch up teeth that have become dull or stained after a past whitening treatment.
Opalescence Go is so simple, it’s ready to use right out of the package. The product comes with ready-filled trays, so you won’t need to be fitted for any custom mouthpiece. It also uses the same tooth whitening ingredients (potassium nitrate and fluoride) found in our in-office treatment, Opalescence Boost, and it comes in mint and melon flavors for a pleasant taste.
Simply center one of the trays over your upper or lower teeth, bite gently, and suck down or swallow to secure it against your teeth. You’ll remove the colored outer layer of the tray to expose a clear inner tray that is sleek and comfortable for the duration of the treatment. Because of the snug fit, the ingredients won’t leak onto your gums or cause discomfort.
Choose a concentration of 15% of whitening ingredients to wear for 15 to 20 minutes a day over five to ten days, or a 10% concentration worn for about 30 to 60 minutes over the same length of time. No matter which strength you choose, your take-home whitening kit will contain the proper supply of prefilled trays.
Once your daily treatment time is done, just remove the tray and brush your teeth, being careful not to swallow any remaining gel.
Why Should I Whiten Teeth Before Getting Crowns, Bridges, Veneers, or Dentures?
Ceramic or porcelain artificial teeth and treatments such as crowns, bridges, veneers, and dentures all are designed to blend in with your natural teeth. A dentist matches the color of these to your surrounding teeth before they’re made and applied, so no one but you and the dentist will know they’re not your natural teeth.
If you get such a replacement before whitening your teeth, it will have been color-matched to the surrounding discolored teeth. Teeth whitening products do not work on crowns, bridges, veneers, and dentures because they’re stain-resistant. So any restorations placed before whitening your teeth will only look darker and discolored once the rest of your teeth are bright.
Call Today to Schedule a Teeth Whitening Appointment
Want to know more about the different ways to whiten your teeth and brighten your smile? Call our office in Fort Lauderdale today at (954) 302-7410 to schedule a consultation and see the difference for yourself.