Get A Brighter Smile
Teeth Whitening in Elk Grove
If you’re self-conscious about your smile in Elk Grove due to stains, Dr. Jeron Winslow is here to help. At our office, we offer both in-office whitening and take-home teeth whitening to restore your smile and your self-confidence at The Grove Family Dental. Learn more below or contact us now for a consultation.
In-office whitening is the best option for fast results. It’s usually possible to whiten your teeth up to 5-10 shades in just a single appointment with Dr. Winslow. If you’re interested in getting whiter teeth for a time-sensitive event like a wedding, photo shoot, or business conference, in-office whitening is the best choice for you.
Take-home whitening uses custom-fitted trays and professional whitening products, allowing you to treat your teeth in the comfort of your own home. It provides more gradual results, but still results in a beautiful, professionally-whitened smile. If you’d prefer to avoid spending time in the dentist’s chair, it’s a great option.
what to expect
the teeth whitening Process
The process will differ depending on the type of teeth whitening you choose. In-office teeth whitening is done by Dr. Jeron Winslow at our office. Dr. Winslow will clean and prepare your teeth, and apply protective products to your gums and oral tissue. Then, he will apply a powerful whitener to your teeth and activate it with UV light. Then, the whitener will be rinsed away, and this process will be repeated until your teeth have reached your desired level of whiteness.
Take-home whitening is a bit different. First, you’ll come into The Grove Family Dental to have impressions of your teeth taken. Then, Dr. Winslow will create a set of custom reusable whitening trays. You’ll come into our office to pick up these trays, and get a set of whitening products and instructions for their use. Then, you’ll just follow Dr. Winslow’s instructions to brighten your teeth in the comfort of your own home.
How long does
teeth whitening last?
In most cases, your teeth will remain bright and white for about 1-3 years. This partially depends on how well you care for your smile. Make sure to brush and floss regularly and see Dr. Winslow for teeth cleanings every six months. Incorporating whitening toothpaste and mouthwash into your oral care routine can also help preserve your newly-whitened teeth.
Other steps you can take include reducing your intake of staining beverages like coffee and tea, or drinking them with a straw to prevent direct contact with your teeth. You should also cease smoking and using tobacco products, which can stain your teeth within months.
Understanding the cost
of teeth whitening
The cost of teeth whitening will depend on your level of staining and your desired results, so it varies between each patient. In most cases, though, in-office whitening is a bit more expensive than take-home whitening, so take-home treatment may be a better option if you’re on a budget. To get an estimate for the cost of treatment, contact The Grove Family Dental for a consultation with Dr. Jeron Winslow. Or don't hesitate to stop by our office located at 10043 Bruceville Road, Unit 160 Elk Grove, CA 95757.
Can I Whiten Dental Work
Like Veneers, Crowns, Or Implants?
No. Dental work like veneers, crowns, and single-tooth implants cannot be whitened. This is because they’re made of inert, non-porous materials like porcelain. When exposed to chemical whiteners like peroxides, these materials do not react in the same way as natural enamel, so they will not change color or become brighter.
Because of this, it’s usually a good idea to get teeth whitening before you get additional dental work like crowns or veneers to improve your smile. This ensures your dental work and your smile will match and provide you with the best possible results.
However, you’re not out of luck, even if you already have dental work like crowns, veneers, or implants. Experienced cosmetic dentists like Dr. Jeron Winslow can customize your teeth whitening plan to ensure your natural teeth match the color of your existing dental work. This provides you with a beautiful, even, and natural-looking smile.
Why Do Teeth Turn
Yellow & Become Stained?
In general, the biggest culprit is the consumption of beverages like coffee, tea, wine, cola, sports drinks, and other drinks that contain natural or artificial coloring. These beverages contact every surface of your teeth, and can leave behind yellow stains or discoloration over time.
Some foods can also stain the teeth, such as soy sauce, blueberries, and tomato sauce, but these usually are not the primary cause of teeth stains. To help prevent stains from food and drink, rinse your mouth or brush your teeth after meals, or whenever you drink a staining beverage like coffee.
Smoking and the use of oral tobacco products like chewing tobacco also cause stains, turning your teeth yellow and brown over time. Tobacco is also horrible for your oral health and increases your risk of oral cancer dramatically.
Aging can also make the teeth look yellow. As we age, the bright, white enamel layer on the outside of our teeth tends to become thinner. The layer of “dentin” below the enamel is more yellow in color, so thinning enamel makes the teeth look more yellow.
Can I Get Teeth Whitening
If I Have Sensitive Teeth?
Yes. However, Dr. Winslow may need to schedule an additional appointment to make sure that your mouth is healthy. Some people have naturally sensitive teeth, but teeth sensitivity can also sometimes indicate the presence of tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health issues.
In addition, Dr. Winslow may choose to adjust your treatment to reduce sensitivity. For example, he may split your in-office whitening treatment into two sessions to help mitigate whitening-induced teeth sensitivity.
How Often Do I Need
To Get Teeth Whitening?
In general, the results of your teeth whitening treatment at The Grove Family Dental will last between 1-2 years. However, this depends on how well you care for your new smile.
To ensure long-lasting results, we recommend maintaining good oral hygiene by brushing twice a day, flossing once a day, and seeing Dr. Winslow for a checkup every six months. You may also want to incorporate whitening toothpaste and mouthwash into your routine to help prevent stain buildup.