When you walk into a room, you want your smile to draw attention for all the right reasons. Dr. Kendra Patterson, DMD, PC is proud to offer teeth whitening in Denver and can help you maximize your results and receive the greatest possible benefit. Some people believe they can use a consumer-grade tooth-whitening product and get the same results. These products can be effective, but one must understand their place. A consumer-grade tooth-whitening product might lighten your teeth a shade, but compared to Dr. Patterson’s whitening services, which can whiten your teeth by up to eight shades, the perceived difference is minimal.
We encourage you to choose our dental office because we get results. We want our patients to walk out of our clinic and flash their very best smiles to their friends and family. Not everyone achieves good results when they try to whiten their teeth on their own—and that’s what we’re here for. With professional strength whitening, the results are much faster. When you attempt to whiten your teeth with an over-the-counter product, it can take up to four months before you see the full results—and sometimes, the results weren’t worth waiting for. In many cases, you will need to wear your custom-fit whitening trays with professional-strength whitening gel for optimal results, but it will be worth it. Results from professional-strength whitening will start to show after the first treatment. We will monitor your progress and lend our knowledge to you regarding strategies to have the most effective and comfortable whitening experience.
Before you invest in teeth whitening, you should first understand how to maintain your results. We always advise patients to take care of their teeth, because this is what will maintain the whiteness. When you expose your teeth to sugary beverages and foods, it causes staining, and whiteness can fade. On the other hand, if you avoid beverages and foods that stain your teeth, your whitening can last for up to a year or longer. After that point, you might need a touch-up.
Do-it-yourself whitening methods cannot, in general, produce the same results as those experienced with a professional. It’s worth your time to examine the key differences before you decide to approach at-home whitening. Dr. Patterson offers products that are much stronger than over-the-counter options. In addition, your results are supervised, allowing you to experience the maximum possible benefit from the procedure.
Before Dr. Patterson performs a tooth-whitening procedure, she first evaluates your medical history and performs an oral exam. This gives her a better idea of whether or not in-office bleaching represents an appropriate course of action for you. She looks at the extent of existing staining, the number of stains, and their location. In this way, she can match the stain type with the best course of action for lightening.
At Dr. Patterson’s dental practice, you’ll have the benefit of professional supervision. She will examine your gums for signs of irritation, and guide the process in the best possible manner. If you choose an over-the-counter whitening product, on the other hand, it’s up to you to figure it out for yourself. General recommendations discourage children under age 16, pregnant women, and lactating mothers from whitening.
During your consultation, Dr. Patterson will provide education to dispel preconceived ideas that might set up unrealistic expectations. If you expect blinding white from your first treatment, you could be disappointed. If you smoke, your results might also be limited, because the tobacco can deeply stain your teeth. Dr. Patterson wants you to achieve the best results…that’s why she offers the latest technology in teeth-whitening services.
Often, yellowed teeth respond best to a teeth whitening, while brownish-colored teeth will show more limited results to a tooth bleaching. If your teeth have a gray or purple hue, they may not respond at all. If the teeth are not reacting to the teeth whitening another option is veneers or in some cases dental implants.
We are here to help you achieve a beautiful smile because we care about your results. When you visit Dr. Kendra L. Patterson DMD dental clinic near Denver University, she will discuss the best options for you. Call today or fill out our contact form for an appointment: (303) 722-9504.