It is a natural part of aging – teeth become stained and darker. Having an attractive smile is an important part of appearance in our society, and professional teeth whitening offers a solution to the problem of discolored teeth.
Tobacco use, coffee, and red wine can cause stains on teeth, but even everyday foods such as fruits and vegetables also contribute to darkening over time.
Custom Take-Home Teeth Whitening
Dr. Frey's team creates custom trays for our patients in our Providence, RI dental office and discusses detailed whitening instructions with each patient based on their current oral health and individual goals for the appearance of their smiles.
After taking impressions, they create custom whitening trays that are comfortable, flexible, and easy to use. Simply place a small drop of whitening gel into each anterior tooth receptacle and place in the mouth for the specific amount of time that Dr. Olga Frey recommends. Repeating the process multiple times over a two- to three-week period will provide the best results.
Whitening gel comes in different strengths and formulas, providing a wide variety of options for patients to choose from. All types of teeth whitening systems work better on teeth that have recently had a professional dental cleaning. If a patient’s teeth have calculus, Dr. Frey will recommend a professional cleaning prior to beginning a whitening regimen.
Benefits of Professional Teeth Whitening
Professional teeth whitening is more effective than over-the-counter products because custom whitening trays keep the gel where it belongs and minimize leakage, which can cause irritation and sensitivity. Often times, over-the-counter products do not completely whiten all areas of the teeth because the trays fit poorly, allowing gel to ooze into the mouth.
Whitening strips can leave the spaces between teeth stained and may slip off during treatment. Additionally, professional whitening systems require the supervision of a qualified dentist who helps determine the best formula for each patient as well as the appropriate amount of time to spend wearing their whitening trays for each session.
Common Side Effects
Most patients can whiten their teeth comfortable with no side effects. Occasionally, a patient may experience tooth sensitivity or gum irritation. This is a temporary condition and taking a break from whitening can alleviate the symptoms. Using too much whitening gel, whitening for too long, or whitening too frequently can all contribute to side effects. Contact Dr. Olga Frey for solutions to relieve the side effects of whitening. Fluoride treatments, desensitizing gel, and a modified whitening schedule can all help to minimize sensitivity.
Contact Us for a Whitening Consultation
To learn more about the options that Dr. Frey offers to achieve a whiter smile, contact her East Providence, RI dental office and schedule an initial consultation.