For patients dissatisfied with the brightness of their smile, Dr. John Goodman offers take-home teeth whitening options at his Kansas City, MO, practice. This convenient treatment can be used on its own or as a supplement to help refine and maintain the effects of an in-office procedure. Contact us today to learn more and schedule a consultation.
Benefits of Take-home Teeth Whitening
Performed on its own, a take-home kit serves as a more affordable, convenient, and gradual option for brightening your teeth. Used properly, it can help maintain the aesthetic effects, which often fade naturally over time. Patients can touch up their results every four to six months to counter any dullness.
Dr. Goodman also combines teeth whitening with other cosmetic procedures to improve your smile. If you are considering receiving porcelain veneers or dental bonding, he may recommend whitening beforehand to optimize your overall results. Crowns, bridges, and others restorations will not respond to whitening.
How the Treatment Works
When you receive your take-home whitening kit, Dr. Goodman will give you thorough instructions: how long the treatment should last, the length of each application, the best time of day to apply the gel, and so on. The kit typically includes a gel-like bleaching agent and plastic trays customized to fit your dental arches. The gel is applied to the inside of the tray, which is then fit over your teeth.
The tray serves two purposes: ensuring an even application and keeping the gel in place. Exposure to the bleaching agent can irritate the gums and other soft tissues. Contact with saliva can also substantially dilute the potency of the active ingredients. Because the tray is tailored to your smile, it fits over your teeth securely and comfortably without irritating your mouth or sacrificing the gel’s strength.
Dr. Goodman will guide you through the teeth whitening process to ensure that your smile looks healthy and natural.
Dr. Goodman typically provides enough gel for a single two-week treatment and one- or two-day touch-ups every six months. Different whitening gels have varying amounts of the bleaching agent. The stronger the formula, the faster it will work and the less time it should stay on – and vice versa. Gentler products can be left on overnight while other, stronger agents require only 30 to 60 minutes each day. We will work with you to determine which strength is best for your needs.
Be sure to follow Dr. Goodman's instructions when applying the gel. Too much exposure to the bleaching agent can damage tooth enamel, irritate gum tissue, and cause extra sensitivity. Even if no damage is done, applying the gel too often can whiten your teeth unevenly.
Contact Us Today
Dr. Goodman will guide you through every stage of the teeth whitening process to ensure that your smile looks healthy and natural. If you are uncomfortable with the color of your teeth, reach out today to brighten up your smile.