Everyone wants a bright, white smile. Unfortunately, what we eat and drink and our genetics can make our teeth look dull and discolored. Teeth whitening is a convenient cosmetic dentistry treatment for brightening the appearance of your smile.
Teeth Whitening - Before & After
Meadows Dental Group by Espire offers both in-office and professional-grade whitening treatments for our patients. Please call 303-790-2323 for more information or to schedule an appointment. Our cosmetic dentists serve patients in Lone Tree, Highlands Ranch, Centennial and nearby areas of Colorado.
In-Office Teeth Whitening
Teeth whitening at our Lone Tree office takes about 2 hours. It is fast, effective and performed by an experienced professional, which gives us the ability to ensure your comfort and safety.
During a tooth whitening session, whitening gel will be applied to your teeth and activated with a special light. The whitening gel contains hydrogen peroxide, which penetrates the enamel on your teeth and breaks apart stubborn stains.
Meadows Dental Group by Espire performs in-office whitening with the DaVinci Teeth Whitening system. With the proven efficacy of this treatment and our dentists’ experience, patients may enjoy a smile that is up to 8 shades brighter after whitening.
At-Home Teeth Whitening
For patients who prefer to whiten their teeth at their own pace, our cosmetic dentists offer Colgate Optic White. This professional-grade take-home kit is perfect for busy patients who want a brighter smile but can’t make it into the office for touch-ups.
Professional at-home whitening is not the same as the over-the-counter products you see at the drug store. Benefits of seeing our dentists about take-home teeth whitening include:
- You will receive a custom-made mouthpiece that fits comfortably and minimizes the risk of discomfort to your gums
- Wear for just 30 minutes once a day
- Results are visible after only a few uses, with best results appearing in less than 2 weeks
- Contains potassium nitrate, which reduces tooth sensitivity
- Strength of whitening is higher than OTC products, making Colgate Optic White an effective at-home whitening option
Our dentists will discuss which whitening treatment is best for your specific needs and goals. We are committed to your comfort, safety and achieving your best smile.
Is Teeth Whitening Right for Me?
Patients with sensitive teeth and gums or chronic stains that don’t respond to whitening treatment might benefit from alternatives like porcelain veneers. Before undergoing cosmetic treatment, it’s important to be free of cavities, gum disease and other oral health issues.
If you are considering multiple cosmetic treatments as part of a smile makeover, it’s best to do teeth whitening before veneers or other restorations are placed. Your whitened teeth will create a baseline shade that our dentists and lab will reference to create materials to improve your smile.
If you have sensitivity issues or get nervous sitting in the dentist chair, Meadows Dental Group by Espire provides sedation dentistry to help you relax. Teeth whitening is a fast, stress-free appointment, during which you can sit back, watch our ceiling-mounted TVs and just unwind.
Is Teeth Whitening Safe?
Not all teeth whitening methods and products are safe. To protect your oral health, make sure to choose a treatment that’s performed or dispensed by a dentist.
The whitening gels that dentists use are formulated with ingredients to protect your enamel and reduce sensitivity. In-office, we’ll take care to prep your mouth and gums for whitening. For an at-home treatment, you’ll receive a custom mouthpiece to protect against side effects.
How Long in-Office Teeth Whitening Sessions can take
In-office teeth whitening typically takes about 2 hours. It’s the perfect way to achieve bright and beautiful results in a short period of time. We use strong concentrations of whitening ingredients and shine an LED lamp onto your teeth to accelerate the process.
You may choose in-office whitening if you’re unhappy with your over-the-counter options or if you simply don’t want to bother with a professional at-home kit. At-home kits like Colgate Optic White need to be applied thirty minutes a day for seven to ten days to see full results.
How Can I Maintain My Teeth Whitening Results?
You can maintain your teeth whitening results with some simple aftercare. Steps to make your professional tooth whitening last and shield your teeth from future stains include:
- Avoiding coffee, wine, berries, and other tooth-staining offenders
- Eating foods like crunchy vegetables that protect your teeth
- Brushing after every meal
- Drinking through a straw
- Giving up smoking
Included with our in-office session is the DaVinci Professional Home Kit. This kit includes a mini LED light and whitening gel for up to 4 at home touch-up treatments.
Another great thing you can do to extend the life of your whitening is to visit our dentists regularly. A professional cleaning will remove the plaque and tartar that can dull your smile. During your appointments, we can also recommend touch-up treatments and products as needed.
How You can Prepare For a Teeth Whitening Treatment
It’s important to consult our dentists before you get started with whitening. You may need to tackle concerns like gum disease or cavities first. Meeting with our team is also a good way to figure out if you have intrinsic stains that won’t respond well to treatment.
Once you get the all-clear, preparing for teeth whitening is simple. Start with a professional cleaning to remove plaque and tartar and set yourself up for the best results. Then block off time for your appointment or at-home whitening routine. If you have sensitive teeth, ask about using a desensitizing toothpaste before and after your treatment.
How Soon After a Teeth Whitening Treatment Can I Eat or Drink?
Whitening will temporarily make your teeth more susceptible to stains. Our dentists will explain your post-treatment guidelines for eating and drinking.
Generally speaking, you can drink water shortly after whitening. However, you should avoid highly pigmented foods and beverages for at least 24 hours. These include red wine, tomato sauce, coffee, yellow mustard, beets, tea, and other common staining culprits.
Many patients choose to go on a so-called white diet for a short while in order to achieve the best possible results. A white diet consists of white or colorless options such as plain yogurt, rice, oatmeal, and milk. Talk to our dentists for personalized recommendations to protect your stunning new smile.
Schedule a Client Consultation
For more information about teeth whitening and other cosmetic dentistry options, please call Meadows Dental Group by Espire at 303-790-2323 today. We welcome patients throughout the Lone Tree area, including Highlands Ranch, Centennial and other nearby communities. We include the DaVinci Remineralizing & Desensitizing Treatment with all of our in-office sessions. This treatment strengthens and repairs damaged enamel and helps reduce or eliminate tooth sensitivity.