Achieve a Brighter Smile with Teeth Whitening
The food we eat, the beverages we drink, and the habits we engage in can contribute to gradual staining of the teeth. Fortunately, professional teeth whitening treatment can quickly and effectively remove many stains. At New Mexico Smile Center, we offer both in-office and take-home whitening treatments for your convenience. Dr. Steve Ollason can help you achieve a more attractive smile with our advanced teeth whitening solutions at our Albuquerque, NM, practice.
Our Teeth Whitening Options
At New Mexico Smile Center, we offer two types of teeth whitening treatments, in-office and take-home.
The in-office Opalescence® treatment is administered by Dr. Ollason. First, he will apply the whitening solution which contains potassium nitrate and fluoride. The brushed tip of the whitening tool allows the doctor to precisely apply the whitening solution to the surfaces of your teeth. Since this solution is chemically activated, lasers are not required. Patients can expect this process to take about one hour. Results typically last about one year.
We also use Opalescence for our take-home whitening system. With this treatment, patients will receive customized whitening trays that have been designed to fit their bite. Patients will be provided with syringes of whitening gel which can be administered at convenient times, such as in the evening after work.
New Mexico Smile Center's teeth whitening options make achieving a radiant smile easily attainable.
When you are finished with your at-home treatment session, you should brush your teeth and use a soft toothbrush with cool water to remove any remaining gel from the trays. It is important to brush and rinse thoroughly so you do not swallow any of the gel. Depending on the concentration of the solution we have provided, you may wear your trays as little as 15 minutes per day or as long as overnight. Dr. Ollason will help you plan your treatment.
Bleaching for Life
You can also take advantage of our Bleaching for Life program. For a one-time, upfront cost, we can take impressions of your teeth and create custom whitening trays. Each time you attend a teeth cleaning appointment, you will receive a complimentary tube of bleaching gel. We believe that each patient deserves a stunning, white smile and are happy to reward those who maintain their regularly scheduled cleanings and exams.
Advantages of Professional Whitening
While over-the-counter teeth whitening products are popular and easy to pick up while shopping, they do not provide the same results as professional treatments. Professional bleaching offers several advantages including:
- Longer Lasting Results
- Opalescence has been formulated to prevent shade relapse. The powerful solutions used in both of our whitening treatments are more resistant to future staining. Your smile should remain brighter longer, without the need for frequent retreatments.
- Minimized Gum Irritation
- Many patients experience gum irritation and sensitivity when bleaching their teeth. Our treatment options allow for better control over where the whitening gel is placed, reducing the likelihood that your gums will be extensively exposed to the solution.
- Thorough Bleaching
- More uniform whitening is possible with professional treatment, whether the gel is applied precisely by the doctor or due to the use of custom trays. With custom trays, the gel is able to fill the hard-to-reach spaces that may be blocked with over-the-counter whitening strips or trays.
While our whitening treatments may be more expensive upfront, these benefits provide patients with significantly greater value. We accept CareCredit® financing since teeth whitening is not typically covered by your insurance. For patients without insurance, we also offer discounts through our Dental Benefits Program.
A Whiter Smile Is Within Reach
Learn more about our teeth whitening treatments, or our other cosmetic dentistry services, by contacting us online or calling us today at (505) 275-1663. With New Mexico Smile Center's teeth whitening options, achieving a radiant smile is easily attainable.