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Teeth Whitening

Louisiana Dental Center offers two choices in teeth whitening procedures; one is accomplished by the patient at home while the other method is completed in the dental office.

One of the take-home methods requires the purchase of whitening strips which can be done so at the office. The strips, containing the whitening material, are placed over the teeth for a specified period of time and then removed. The end result should provide teeth that are several shades brighter than their original color. Another at-home method requires a visit to the dental office only to have a customized whitening mouthpiece, or tray, made from a mold of your teeth. While at home, the patient places the whitening material in the mouthpiece, so that when placed in mouth the whitening jell evenly covers the teeth. The mouthpiece remains in place for a specified period of time depending on the concentration of the active ingredient in the jell.

Although at two to four weeks, the in home method takes much longer to complete, the results are impressive. It is not uncommon that the end result is 4 to 5 shades brighter. However, if you want speedier results and have a bit more to spend on teeth whitening, the in-office method may be best for you. During this procedure, the whitening solution is placed directly on the teeth. Then, a specialized light activating device operating at controlled wavelengths is aimed at the jell-covered teeth at timed intervals until all of the teeth have been exposed. The entire procedure lasts a little more than an hour and the patient will normally leave with a smile that can be up to 8 shades brighter.

Contact our office for more information about Teeth Whitening.

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