In-Office Teeth Whitening in Kirkland, WA
As the years go by, everyone’s teeth eventually begin to yellow and lose their pearly-white sheen. This discoloration is a natural part of aging, but smoking, beverages like red wine and coffee, and even certain medications can speed up the process.
Have your teeth lost their luster? At Jen Kim: Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we offer professional teeth whitening in Kirkland, WA, and we do it right here in our dental office to give you back your beautiful smile. The process only takes about an hour, and then you are free to continue with your day— although you may find yourself smiling more than usual!
If you’re considering professional teeth whitening, contact a member of our dental team today to schedule your cosmetic dentistry consultation.
And continue reading to learn more about teeth whitening and our commitment to your satisfaction.
- Is professional teeth whitening right for me?
- How does Boost professional teeth whitening work?
- Can I have teeth whitening if my teeth are sensitive?
- Can professional teeth whitening be part of a smile makeover?
- How does professional teeth whitening compare with store-bought systems?
- How can I maintain my results?
Is professional teeth whitening right for me?
Before your dentist performs any cosmetic dentistry procedure, we make sure that it is a safe choice for you. We also make sure that it will give you the results you want. In our dental office, we always want you to realize the best outcome possible!
Your dentist in Kirkland provides a consultation, which includes a thorough exam and x-rays. She also wants to hear about your smile ambitions.
Considerations for professional teeth whitening include the health of your teeth and gums and any restorations—restorations will not lighten with professional teeth whitening. However, this does not always rule you out as a candidate. Your dentist will tell you what to expect from the treatment based on exam findings, including whether teeth whitening is right for you.
If professional teeth whitening—designed to remove even brown and yellow tooth stains—is right for you, we schedule your whitening appointment.
How does Boost professional teeth whitening work?
If you’re interested in professional teeth whitening, Dr. Kim will examine your teeth, discuss the causes of discoloration, and work with you to create a plan not just to whiten your teeth, but also maintain your stunning new shade.
When you are ready to proceed with your whitening treatment, we will start by cleaning your teeth to make sure no plaque or tartar remains. This allows for optimal whitening.
And then, Dr. Kim or a qualified member of our team will brush the whitening gel onto your teeth, taking care to avoid your gums, lips, and other tissues. As the gel sits on your teeth, a special light is shined into your mouth that activates the whitening agent. After 15 minutes, we remove the prescription-strength whitening gel and apply fresh product to your teeth. The entire whitening process consists of three 15-minute sessions, which are performed back to back.
Boost teeth whitening is safe for most people—even those with sensitive teeth. The product contains desensitizing agents that allow your teeth to tolerate the whitening process. You will also be monitored the entire time the gel is on your teeth, and if you feel any discomfort, let us know so we can assess your progress and help you decide whether to continue with the treatment.
Can I have teeth whitening if my teeth are sensitive?
Sensitive teeth can make teeth whitening with over-the-counter products entirely out of the question. This sometimes leaves patients wondering if whitening their teeth is possible at all.
We have good news, though!
Many professional teeth whitening options have added desensitizing ingredients to make it easier for everyone—even those with sensitive teeth—to enjoy whiter, brighter teeth!
In addition to making it possible for people with sensitivity to enjoy a brighter smile, professional products have some advantages over OTC whitening kits. Your whitening treatment will be customized for your needs so that you can reach your whitening goals safely and comfortably. Plus, you have the added benefit of professional guidance every step of the way.
Whitening is one of the cheapest and simplest ways to improve the appearance of your smile, and our patients are often amazed at the transformation that occurs just from whitening alone! Of course, if you do have other aesthetic concerns that you’d like to address, we are happy to discuss additional cosmetic dentistry options as well.
Can professional teeth whitening be part of a smile makeover?
Absolutely! Your cosmetic dentist in Kirkland can help you achieve the smile you’ve been looking for through aesthetic dentistry and even tooth replacement—depending on what you need.
Our cosmetic dentistry options include:
- Tooth-colored restorations
- Tooth replacement
Professional teeth whitening can play a vital role in your smile makeover as well. However, planning is crucial because restorations will not lighten with your teeth whitening treatment. In this case, Dr. Kim may start the process with teeth whitening, which allows you to choose lighter restorations like tooth-colored bonding or dental crowns.
How does professional teeth whitening compare with store-bought systems?
Many patients ask about the over-the-counter whitening products available in grocery and drug stores. These kits all have one major flaw; because they produced in large quantities, they are designed to be “one size fits all.” The reality is that when it comes to smiles and teeth, everyone is unique, which means that “one size fits all” actually translates to “one size fits none.”
The lack of customization also leads to many other problems. Because the trays are not customized, they may not fit properly, meaning you are likely to get gel on your gums, which can be uncomfortable and detrimental to the health of these sensitive tissues.
The products are also a much lower concentration than professional teeth whitening products, which means that you have to use the product for a very long time to get noticeable results. Often, the results with over-the-counter products are uneven and difficult to maintain without constant whitening treatments.
Finally, these products can be abrasive and are not approved by a dental professional, which is always the first step with cosmetic dentistry options in our dental office.
How can I maintain my white results?
Your dentist in Kirkland, with your help, can help discover the reasons for your tooth discoloration.
It can result from:
- Bright sauces
- Certain medications
In many cases, you can lower or eliminate tooth-staining foods from your diet or makes sure to brush and floss following indulgence.
It is also important to quit smoking and using tobacco products.
Other helpful tips include visiting your dentist twice-yearly for professional teeth cleanings.
Contact Your Kirkland Dentist
For the best teeth whitening results, stick with professional teeth whitening treatments with your dentist, and so your progress is carefully monitored by trusted dental professionals.
You can also talk to Dr. Kim about a smile makeover that considers other cosmetic dentistry options following professional teeth whitening.
Contact our Kirkland, WA dental office to find out more about professional teeth whitening with Boost and how it can help you reclaim your shiny white teeth.
We are also here if you’re ready to schedule your consultation.