Professional Teeth Whitening in Nashville, TN
First impressions are incredibly important in social and professional settings. If your teeth are dull, stained, or discolored, you might be hiding your smile which gives off the wrong idea. The good news is, you can get your bright, white smile back with professional teeth whitening from Belle Forest Dental.
Cosmetic Teeth Whitening
If your teeth aren’t as white as they should be, cosmetic teeth whitening may be right for you. But, it depends on your teeth, your overall dental health, and the results you’d prefer.
What Causes Teeth Staining?
- Tobacco use
- Dark drinks such as coffee, tea, red wine, sodas
- Certain medications
Who Is a Good Candidate for Teeth Whitening?
Not everyone with discolored teeth is a good candidate for in-office dental whitening. You’re a good candidate if your teeth are in good condition, you don’t have gum disease, and have no dental restorations. Dental restorations do not respond to the teeth bleaching gel, which would leave you with different colored teeth.
In-Office Dental Whitening vs. At Home
The biggest difference between over-the-counter teeth whitening products and professional teeth whitening is the whitening agent that’s used. Dental office products are much stronger and produce better, quicker results.
Cosmetic Dental Whitening Process
When you’re ready to begin the process of cosmetic dental whitening at Belle Forest Dental, we’ll begin by scheduling an initial appointment with one of our dentists. This visit will include a thorough exam of your teeth, mouth, and gums. If your dentist agrees you’re a good candidate, we’ll proceed to the whitening process which includes:
- Preparation of Your Teeth: Before your teeth can be whitened, your mouth needs to be properly prepared. This involves coating your gums with a special gel to protect them from the bleaching compound. In addition, a lip-retractor will be placed in your mouth to protect your lips and cheeks. Your teeth will also be cleaned prior to your treatment to ensure the best possible results.
- Coating and Curing: Once your mouth is ready, your dentist or hygienist will apply a layer of whitening gel to your teeth. After your teeth are completely coated with the whitening solution, a special light will be used to activate the gel, which speeds up the whitening process.
Is Cosmetic Teeth Whitening Painful?
The teeth whitening process itself is painless, however, some people do experience increased tooth sensitivity after whitening treatment. In most cases, the sensitivity will decrease in a few days. Using toothpaste for sensitive teeth before treatments can help with this issue. If you have extreme discomfort during or after treatment, be sure to mention it to your dentist so alterations to your treatment can be made.
How Long Does In-Office Teeth Whitening Take?
For most patients, professional, in-office teeth whitening appointments take anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes each. The number of appointments and length of time for each will depend on your teeth whitening needs and expectations.
Cost of Teeth Whitening
We can’t say how much your specific treatment will cost until we’ve done a thorough examination. However, on average a teeth whitening session usually costs $500 on average. Because teeth whitening is considered a cosmetic treatment, it’s not covered by insurance.
Teeth Whitening Dentist in Nashville
Are you ready to show the world your bright, confident smile? Contact us at Belle Forest Dental to schedule an appointment for a consultation today. Our highly experienced dentists are committed to providing exceptional dental care and services to all our Nashville neighbors. Our spa-like office, and friendly, caring staff will make you feel at home as you undergo your personalized dental procedures.