Professional Teeth Whitening Is the Easiest and Most Cost-effective Way to Look Younger

White teeth make you look younger.

Stained teeth aren’t a good look for anyone, but you may not realize that discolored teeth make you look older even if your face looks young. You can knock years off your appearance and dramatically boost your self-confidence with professional teeth whitening.

Professional whitening is easy — you just relax in the chair and let the team at McAllen Dental do all the work. And when you get right down to it, professional whitening is cost- and time-effective because it’s all done in one short office visit.

Even if you have sensitive teeth, you can safely come in for teeth whitening because we use the Philips Zoom WhiteSpeed®. This exceptional whitening system has adjustable intensity settings for maximum comfort without skimping on results.

Why stained teeth make you look older

Stained teeth make you look older because teeth naturally become darker and more discolored as you age. Over the years, the enamel covering your teeth thins out. As that happens, the layer below, called dentin, becomes more visible. Since dentin is yellow, its yellowish hue shows through thinning enamel.

Your enamel also becomes more porous as you get older. This makes it easier for pigments from foods and beverages to attach to the tooth surface. As a result, your teeth stain more quickly than in younger years.

Benefits of professional teeth whitening

The teeth whitening products available at your local pharmacy may do a satisfactory job if your teeth are mildly stained, but keep this in mind: Commercial products have a limited effect because their bleaching agents are weaker than professional products.

We can use the same active ingredient at a much higher concentration here in the office because we protect your tongue, mouth, and gums from the hydrogen peroxide.

There are two other big differences between professional teeth whitening and at-home bleaching: the time it takes and the results.

Most commercial whitening strips and gels are applied twice daily for 14 days. Many whitening rinses must be used regularly for three months. What results will you get for all that time, effort, and money spent on products? In two to 12 weeks (depending on the product you use), your teeth will be one or two shades lighter.

Here at McAllen Dental, we use Philips Zoom WhiteSpeed, which means we can get your teeth up to eight shades lighter in 45 minutes. Your total time in the office is a little longer, but you’ll only need to have bleach on your teeth for 45 minutes to produce dramatic results.

What happens during teeth whitening with Philips Zoom WhiteSpeed

When you come in for teeth whitening, the first thing we do is assess the current shade of your teeth and determine exactly how many shades lighter you’d like to go for your new smile. Once that’s finished, you relax in the chair, and we take care of the rest.

After prepping your mouth to protect the soft tissues, we apply a layer of advanced whitening gel to your teeth. Then we shine the WhiteSpeed blue LED lamp onto your teeth to accelerate the whitening process.

You’ll have three sessions under the light that each last 15 minutes. When you’re finished, we apply a post-treatment gel to protect the enamel and reduce sensitivity. After that, you’re ready to go out and share your new smile with the world.

Before you leave the office, we’ll give you trays that are customized to fit your teeth and a whitening kit you can use at home to touch-up any time it’s needed. The Philips at-home whiteners help keep your teeth at their brightest for an extended time.

To learn more about how professional teeth whitening makes you look younger and happier, call McAllen Dental, or schedule an appointment online.

 

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