Dental Innovations offers two methods for whitening teeth in Gallup NM.  Our most popular is a take-home system that is simple, painless, and will give you noticeable improvement in 10 to 14 days.  The second method is an in-office treatment that uses state-of-the-art technology to give you results in an hour.  Because whitening will only work on natural tooth enamel, replacing old crowns and fillings may be necessary to match the fillings and crowns with the newly whitened teeth.  Your doctor will consult with you to determine your best treatment options.

It is important to remember that tooth whitening is not permanent and touch-ups may be periodically necessary.  Additionally, lifestyle choices that contribute to the need for whitening include smoking, and drinking coffee, tea, or wine.

Reasons for tooth whitening:

  • Fluorosis (discoloration of teeth due to excessive fluoride use)
  • Teeth have become worn down over time
  • Stained teeth due to medications
  • Teeth are discolored in any way (yellow or brown)

What does tooth whitening involve?

The take-home system is simple, can be used during day or night, and gives maximum results in 10 to 14 days.
Gallup NM Dental whitening typically requires two visits.  The first appointment will require impressions (molds) of your teeth to be made in order to construct clear, plastic trays.  For your second appointment, the trays will be placed on your teeth to check for proper fit, and any necessary adjustments will be done.

A whitening solution is placed in the trays, which are then worn either twice a day for 30 minutes or overnight for a few weeks.  The number of weeks you must use the whitening solution depends on the severity of the staining and the level of whitening you desire.  You will most likely experience sensitivity in your teeth during the time you are whitening; this is normal.  The sensitivity will subside once the bleaching is stopped.
You will be given instructions on how to take care of your teeth and trays.  Your dentist will also encourage you to make regular visits in order to maintain your newly acquired smile.