Professional teeth whitening can help you achieve a brighter, more luminous smile quickly and safely. Many over-the-counter treatments cause sensitivity and discomfort. At our practice in Fort Walton Beach, FL, Dr. Douglas Pohl provides teeth whitening treatments that can comfortably eliminate deep stains. Depending on your needs, we can offer in-office whitening or take-home kits. You can undergo whitening as a standalone procedure, or Dr. Pohl can combine it with some of our other cosmetic treatments for a fully customized smile makeover.
Is Whitening Right for Me?
When supervised by a qualified dentist, teeth whitening is a very safe procedure that can benefit most patients with mild to moderate discoloration. However, there are a few conditions that may interfere with your candidacy for a bleaching treatment, such as intrinsic stains and teeth extreme tooth sensitivity.
When discoloration affects the inner layers of your teeth, whitening may not be effective. You may achieve better results with a set of porcelain veneers or a dental bonding treatment. Meanwhile, if you have worn enamel or extreme dental sensitivity, the whitening agent can be adjusted to minimize sensitivity. However, in some cases, teeth may be too sensitive for whitening.
For patients who grind or clench their teeth, at-home whitening trays can exacerbate their symptoms. If you have bruxism or temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, we can whiten your teeth in the office to avoid complications.
Planning Your Treatment
Before recommending a teeth whitening treatment, Dr. Pohl will examine your oral health and discuss your goals with you. For some patients, he may recommend an alternative to teeth whitening, such as porcelain veneers or dental bonding. If you decide to proceed with teeth whitening, Dr. Pohl will help you pick the shade you want and then recommend either in-office or take-home whitening.
A whitening treatment by Dr. Pohl is a safe and effective way to restore the brilliance of your smile.
Bleaching your teeth in the office typically takes about an hour. We will first place a protective layer of plastic over your gums so the whitening gel does not affect the tissue. Then, Dr. Pohl will carefully apply the bleaching agent to the surfaces of your teeth. When treatment is complete, you can expect immediate results.
If you choose to whiten your teeth at home, we will take impressions of your smile to create custom whitening trays. When you are ready to begin your treatment, you will simply fill the trays with the bleaching gel and then fit the trays over your teeth. Depending on the concentration of the gel, you may wear the trays for a few minutes, a couple of hours, or overnight. Since the whitening gel is not as strong as the gel used during in-office treatments, it may take a week or more to reach the color you desire.
A Safer Route to a Brighter Smile
A teeth whitening treatment by Dr. Pohl is a safe and effective way to restore the brilliance of your smile. Contact our office online or call (805) 243-0800 to speak to a member of our friendly team today.