Coffee, tea, soda, red wine, tobacco use, and just growing older can all lead to yellowed, darkened, or stained teeth. Over-the-counter methods can accomplish some brightening, but the process of trial and error in finding a teeth whitening product that works can take a toll on your wallet, and waste your time. Over exposure to certain elements of various whitening products can also lead to tooth sensitivity. When in doubt, your Polk City dentist, Dr. Ryan Hussong, has several methods available that can dramatically whiten teeth, leading to a more youthful, vibrant and dazzling smile.
Teeth Whitening at the Dentist’s Office
In-office whitening is the way to go for immediate results on moderate amounts of teeth staining. It generally takes only about an hour for your teeth to show 10 shades of improvement in the white direction. People that are preparing for a big event, such as a wedding or reunion, often prefer this method for the expedient and dramatic results.
Whitening Teeth at Home
Some patients are more comfortable gradually whitening teeth in the comfort of their own home. Custom bleaching trays are created for you by your dentist. You will be sent home with prescription-strength whitening gel, and detailed instructions on when and how often to wear the bleaching trays. Generally, the process will take two weeks of daily sessions. The trays can always be reused, and more gel can be ordered from your dentist as needed.
Kör Deep Bleaching
Kör whitening is a combination of in-office and take-home whitening. Generally recommended for people that have stains on their teeth that have been unresponsive to previous whitening treatments, Kör takes a little bit longer than other systems. Patients tend to be amazed by the results, however, so putting in a little extra time might be worth it.
If you are interested in any of the above mentioned whitening techniques, you can schedule a consultation with our Polk City dentist by calling (515) 984-6001. We are happy to serve patients from Polk City, Alleman, Ankeny, Bondurant, Grimes, Johnston, the 50226 zip code, and surrounding communities.