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Bride after Teeth Whitening in Puyallup WA

Not only is a teeth-whitening procedure one of the safest, most effective ways to brighten your smile, is it also one of the most economical. As we age, our teeth are exposed to foods and drinks that stain the teeth, and even though they may be perfectly healthy, they certainly aren’t as appealing as they could be, and they rarely stay white for as long as we’d like.

Our dental care providers understand the affect that the yellowing or darkening of your teeth can have on your confidence. We are committed to caring for every aspect of your oral health, including those that affect your self-esteem.

Types of Tooth Stains

Tooth stains fall into two categories: extrinsic and intrinsic. Extrinsic stains are the yellow and brown stains that occur on the surface of your teeth. Intrinsic stains occur inside your teeth, making them appear gray or blue. Some surface stains can be removed with whitening toothpastes and over-the-counter teeth-whitening kits. However, these approaches are limited and can be painful or can cause tooth and gum sensitivities. Professional-grade products are needed to remove deeper extrinsic and intrinsic stains and to treat individuals with sensitive teeth and gums.

Professional Teeth-Whitening Options

Whitening your teeth is one of the fastest ways to reduce the appearance of aging and restore confidence, and the results can be quite dramatic. We have the ability to brighten your teeth three to eight shades in a short amount of time, while protecting your sensitive gum and root areas.

Our at-home whitening solutions are the perfect antidote to stains caused by tea, coffee, berries, candies, red wine, and other enamel-darkening drinks.

  • At-home teeth bleaching: Your Puyallup cosmetic dentist will provide you with a teeth-bleaching gel and a mouthguard to put it in that has been customized to your bite. A will then assign a teeth-bleaching regimen will be assigned for you to follow. The process takes place within the comfort and convenience of your own home. It typically takes 10 to 14 days to achieve the desired results with this method.

Our Whitening System

Opalescence®

From Ultradent, Opalescence offers carbamide peroxide gels in a range of concentrations for your specific needs. Opalescence-35 is the strongest formulation considered safe for dentist advised teeth whitening at home.

Opalescence lightens internal discoloration caused by medication or tooth trauma to whiten natural teeth, while fillings and bonding materials remain unaffected. Superficial stains from foods, drinks and smoking are also treated.

FAQ

How much does teeth whitening cost?
The cost of teeth whitening varies according to the type of treatment you are receiving and how deep your stains are. At Smith & Wetterhus Dentistry, we will work with you to find an affordable whitening treatment that is right for you.
Are teeth-whitening results permanent?
The longevity of your teeth-whitening results depends greatly on how you care for your teeth after the treatment, as well as on how often you indulge in food and drink that causes stains. Results can last anywhere from several months to three years.
Are there any risks or side effects associated with teeth whitening?
Gums and teeth may become sensitive during your treatments.
Call your Puyallup, WA dentist Smith & Wetterhus Dentistry today at 253.200.5427 and ask us how our teeth-whitening solutions can brighten your smile, and your day!