Get Your Brightest Smile With Dr. David Painter
A bright, white smile can do wonders for your confidence and appearance. If your teeth have become dull, stained, or yellowed over time, teeth whitening is an effective way to restore their natural color. Dr. David Painter at Union Chapel Dentistry in Fort Wayne, IN, offers professional teeth whitening treatments that can dramatically whiten your smile.
Dr. Painter has years of experience providing general and cosmetic dentistry to patients in the Fort Wayne area. He stays up-to-date on the latest techniques and technologies for achieving whiter, brighter smiles. Dr. Painter will work with you to determine the best teeth whitening options based on your needs, preferences, and budget.
Call us today at (260) 232-0280 to explore our professional teeth whitening options at Union Chapel Dentistry!
Causes of Tooth Discoloration
Many factors can contribute to a dull, lackluster smile. Common causes of tooth discoloration include:
- Drinking coffee, tea, red wine, and other pigmented beverages
- Smoking cigarettes or using other tobacco products
- Consuming foods and drinks high in chromogens, which are colorful compounds that attach to tooth enamel
- Poor dental hygiene that allows plaque buildup
- Trauma that causes enamel erosion or nerve discoloration
- Tetracycline antibiotics taken during tooth development
- Genetics that make teeth more transparent or thinner enamel
By lightening tooth discoloration with teeth whitening at Union Chapel Dentistry, you can uncover a more radiant smile.
The Benefits of Professional Teeth Whitening
Teeth whitening at Union Chapel Dentistry provides many advantages over over-the-counter whitening solutions like store-bought whitening strips or abrasive whitening toothpastes. These advantages include:
- Dramatically Whiter Teeth: Professional whitening treatments can lighten teeth by up to eight shades for a noticeably brighter smile. Store-bought at-home whitening toothpastes and strips often only provide two to three shades of teeth whitening.
- Quick Results: In-office teeth whitening takes about an hour, while take-home kits and tooth whitening toothpastes work over days or weeks. These results make professional teeth whitening ideal if you have an upcoming event and want fast results.
- Reduced Sensitivity: Teeth whitening under the guidance of Dr. Painter helps minimize tooth sensitivity commonly associated with at-home tooth bleaching.
- Customized Treatment: Dr. Painter can tailor the teeth whitening method and products to your specific type of staining and sensitivity.
- Improved Effectiveness: Higher peroxide concentrations under professional supervision provide more effective stain removal, especially for smokers or coffee drinkers.
- Decreased Risk: Professional application ensures the whitening gel only touches your teeth rather than the gums, lowering the risk of irritation and burns.
- Longer Lasting Results: With periodic touch-ups, professional whitening can maintain your bright smile for one to three years.
- Improved Confidence: Brighter, whiter teeth make people more likely to smile and feel confident. This effect can lead to personal and professional opportunities.
- Professional Guidance: Dr. Painter can advise you on the safest, most conservative teeth whitening options to avoid enamel damage and maintain oral health.
Professional Teeth Whitening Solutions at Union Chapel Dentistry
In-Office ZOOM! Teeth Whitening
Dr. Painter can perform the in-office teeth whitening process in about an hour using ZOOM! Teeth Whitening, which offers a higher concentration of whitening gel than an at-home teeth whitening kit.
First, Dr. Painter will protect your gums with a barrier. Then, he’ll apply the professional-grade teeth whitening gel and use a special curing light to accelerate the tooth bleaching process. Your teeth will be exposed to the gel and curing light for around an hour, and our team will periodically check your shade for the ideal results. You’ll leave our office that day with a smile up to eight shades whiter!
Take-Home Teeth Whitening Kit
Dr. Painter can provide a customized take-home teeth whitening kit and professional-strength teeth whitening gel. You’ll use the teeth whitening kit daily or weekly, depending on your needs, and the lower peroxide concentration produces gradual lightening. This tooth-bleaching solution is an affordable option that gives you exceptional results in the comfort of your own home.
To determine the best teeth whitening method for you, Dr. Painter considers:
- Type of tooth discoloration
- Location and intensity of stains
- Sensitivity and gum health
- Lifestyle factors
- Time frame for seeing teeth whitening results
- Budget and convenience
Frequently Asked Questions
How long do teeth whitening results last?
With proper oral care, in-office whitening can last one to three years, while take-home whitening lasts six to 12 months. Avoiding staining foods and drinks alongside periodic touch-up treatments helps lengthen results.
Does teeth whitening damage tooth enamel?
When performed professionally, tooth bleaching is safe for your enamel. The peroxide concentration is low enough to lighten stains without weakening your teeth. Sensitivity usually goes away within one to two days, and your dentist can recommend products to keep your enamel strong.
Is there an age limit for teeth whitening?
Teeth whitening is safe for most adults. However, teens should wait for full tooth development to receive whitening treatment. Additionally, older patients with receding gums or porous enamel may be better candidates for dental bonding or veneers.
Does insurance cover teeth whitening?
Since tooth bleaching is an elective cosmetic treatment, dental insurance usually doesn’t cover it. However, the cost is worth dramatically improving your smile’s appearance. Many dentists offer flexible financing options for teeth whitening solutions.
Schedule Your Teeth Whitening Consultation Today!
Don’t hide your smile any longer. Professional teeth whitening from Dr. David Painter at Union Chapel Dentistry can restore your confidence. Call (260) 232-0280 or use our online contact form to request your appointment.
We’ll help you achieve your happiest, brightest smile! Dr. Painter is happy to meet new and returning patients from the Fort Wayne area, including Allen, Huntertown, and New Haven, IN.