Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you. It can leave a lasting impression, especially if it’s attractive and healthy-looking.
A healthy smile may not mean that your teeth are entirely white and polished. In fact, over time, we tend to accumulate stains, and our smiles might start to look dull and yellow. If you’re not happy with how you look, you might feel self-conscious or refuse to smile for photos, which can impact your quality of life and how you radiate.
Even the smallest improvement to your teeth can have a long reach. At AJK Family Dentistry, we look forward to helping you love your smile again.
Bellevue, WA cosmetic dentist Dr. Adam Kennedy, offers three different options for your convenience: in-office, custom trays, and at-home whitening strips. We have found that many of our patients enjoy the Opalescence system.
Our whitening options safely and reliable eliminate and lift stains from your teeth without damaging your enamel and gums. In just seven to ten days, you’ll see an incredible difference.
Why Do Teeth Turn Yellow?
There are many reasons why we lose our natural luster, including:
- Highly-staining foods and drinks like coffee, red wine, tomato sauce, curries, and more
- Smoking and tobacco products
- Injury to teeth
Ultimately, your genetic makeup determines the shade of your teeth and the thinness of your enamel. Your Bellevue dentist can help enhance your teeth and turn back the clock on some of the built-up stains.
The Teeth Whitening Procedure
All cosmetic procedures start with an appointment with Dr. Kennedy, where we can go over your smile goals, examine your teeth and gums, and determine there are any underlying oral health issues that need to be addressed first. We may recommend a dental cleaning to get reliable, uniform results.
Dr. Kennedy will take digital impressions of your teeth to custom fabricate your whitening trays. It’s essential to have an accurate and precise fit so that bleaching gel does not leak out and come into contact with your gums.
We can treat patients in our dental office, or show them how to administer the gel in the tray and send them on their way home to whiten in the comfort of their own space.
The Trouble with Store-brands
Whitening your teeth is a big market, as you can see as you walk through your grocery or drugstore. There are aisles dedicated to whitening toothpaste, mouthwashes, gels, strips, and more.
Do any of them work to produce professional looks as promised?
Patients who are eager for dependable and high-quality results should keep walking. Many over-the-counter brands can only deliver a certain bleaching gel strength that is not professional grade, which means that while your teeth might eventually get whiter, it will take a much longer time.
Everyone has a unique smile that isn’t served with a one-size-fits-all model that caters to a mass audience. Without a proper fitting bleaching tray, patients could experience leaking bleaching gel, irritated gums, and sensitive teeth.
Our professional take-home teeth whitening products, Opalescence, is incredibly effective and will not harm your enamel. If you want the job done right, give your dentist a call!
Teeth Whitening by Dr. Kennedy
Call us to go over your options for teeth whitening and which option fits your lifestyle and budget best. We look forward to helping you improve your quality of life!