It's amazing how times flies. This year is almost over and it seems like it just got started. Chanukah has passed and Christmas and the New Year are around the corner. Do you think it's too late to bring in the new year with a whiter, brighter smile? It's not!
If you opt for take home whitening, if you get started right away, you will have a beautiful whiter smile by New Year's Eve. Take home whitening can be accomplished in several ways. For younger people, whitening kits that can be purchased at the pharmacy, can usually whiten a smile satisfactorily. However, for most adults, professional whitening is needed to see a favorable result.
Professional whitening is usually accomplished in 1 - 2 weeks. We take impressions of your teeth and from a model of your teeth that is made from the impression, we make plastic trays that fit exactly over your teeth. With a custom fitted tray, just the right amount of whitening agent can be placed in the tray, and the whitening agent works directly on your tooth surface. Most people start seeing an improvement in their smile in a few days, and by 10 days to two weeks, most people are happy with the whitening.
Research shows that whitening that takes place over time is the best whitening, and the results last the longest. It may take up to 18 months before you may want a touch up. Save your custom trays, and then all you have to do is purchase some more whitening agent, and you can whiten your teeth again.
There is a faster method for whitening your teeth called one-hour whitening. This kind of whitening takes place in the dental office. There is an advantage to getting a quick result, but this procedure costs more than take home whitening, uses stronger whitening agents, and requires that you sit perfectly still for an hour. The results are not always as white as some people may like, and one-hour whitening results don't last as long as take home whitening results. If you don't have time to wait for a take home result before a big party or upcoming event, one-hour whitening can be a "life saver" that enables you to smile with confidence and enjoy having party photos.
Whether you whiten your teeth to bring in the new year, or not, we wish you only blessings and always something to smile about. Let us know if we can help you smile more confidently. You can always call for a free cosmetic evaluation at 973-761-5090. For information about whiter teeth and other dental topics visit www.DrTav.com.
Happy Holidays to all!