By Ken Yasuhara, DDS - Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry
November 12, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

A dull smile can affect your self-confidence, leaving you trying several different home-whitening remedies. Skip the home remedies and experience the many benefits of receiving an in-office whitening treatment from your Honolulu, HI, cosmetic dentist. Dr. Ken Yasuhara offers in-office whitening treatments that can help bring the sparkle back to your smile. 

In-Office Whitening

The most powerful whitening solution for your teeth is an in-office whitening treatment with your Honolulu, HI, cosmetic dentist. First, a retractor will hold your lips and cheeks away from your teeth as a protective covering is placed on gums and tooth-root surfaces. Next, a gel made using professional-strength hydrogen peroxide is applied to the teeth and left on for about an hour. Once the gel is removed, you can see the difference in your smile. 

Take-Home Whitening

Another professional whitening treatment is one you can do at home; however, this method is not as quick and can take up to a couple of weeks to achieve desired results. For the take-home whitening treatment, the dentist takes a mold of your teeth. Then two thin, flexible plastic mouth trays are custom made. To use, fill the trays with the whitening gel and position trays over your teeth. Whitening trays should be worn for one hour at a time. Using take-home whitening kits from your dentist is more effective than over-the-counter kits. 

Caring for a Whitened Smile

Once your teeth are whitened, you need to take care of them to help results last longer. First, continue with your regular tooth care routine of brushing and flossing daily and regularly schedule appointments with your dentist. Next, try to avoid food that can stain your teeth, such as red wine, coffee, and tea. Finally, minor touch-ups at home or in the dentist’s office may be needed to help keep your smile beautiful for many years. 

Receiving professional in-office whitening can help brighten a smile for anyone who feels their teeth are dull and discolored. Your Honolulu, HI, cosmetic dentist, Dr. Yasuhara offers professional whitening treatments. Call (808) 947-8900 to schedule an appointment.