Whitening your teeth helps remove stains, improve the appearance of your smile, and boost your confidence. Davina Prida, DDS, and the team at Lake Forest Dental in McKinney, Texas, provide patients with high-quality professional teeth whitening. To find out if teeth whitening is right for you, book an appointment with Dr. Prida today, either by phone or online.
Teeth whitening refers to a number of methods used to lighten and remove the appearance of stains and discoloration on the teeth. For the most success, patients must have any underlying issues like cavities or periodontal disease treated before teeth whitening.
While teeth whitening does improve the appearance of teeth, it’s strictly a cosmetic procedure and does nothing to improve the health of your teeth.
There are two methods used to whiten teeth: vital and non-vital whitening.
Vital whitening is the most common method of teeth whitening. It is used on teeth that have live nerves and haven’t undergone a root canal. To perform the procedure, Dr. Prida provides you with a powerful whitening gel that’s applied to the surface of your teeth.
Depending on the severity of your discoloration, you might have several rounds of whitening to achieve the desired results.
Non-vital whitening is used to whiten teeth that have gone through root canal treatment. Because teeth without active nerves stain from the inside, a specialized agent must be used to whiten teeth from the inside out.
With non-vital teeth whitening, Dr. Prida provides you with a specialized whitening agent and applies a temporary crown over the tooth. After a few days, Dr. Prida removes the crown to determine if the process needs to be repeated.
Although non-vital whitening must be performed in the office, vital whitening can be safely performed at home. Dr. Prida and her team provide at-home whitening in the form of custom-made bleaching trays. These custom trays are made from impressions of your teeth and are designed to provide you with effective and comfortable at-home teeth whitening. Dr. Prida guides you on how to use the bleaching trays to achieve the best at-home results.
Both vital and non-vital whitening agents are safe for the health of your teeth. Some patients experience increased sensitivity before whitening their teeth, but this typically doesn’t last very long.
To find out what method of teeth whitening is right for you, book an appointment at Lake Forest Dental by phone or online today.