Nearly everyone yearns for a bright, vibrant smile. Unfortunately, a number of factors can take a toll on the appearance of the teeth. Things such as aging, genetics, diet, smoking or poor oral hygiene habits can leave a patient’s smile looking not-so-white. As a dental practice in Puerto Rico, Durán & Martínez Cosmetic and Reconstructive Dentistry is proud to offer in-office and at-home teeth whitening options to help patients obtain the smile they’ve always wanted. Learn more about teeth whitening below and contact the practice today at 787-754-2270 to schedule a consultation.
Who Is a Candidate for Teeth Whitening?
Teeth whitening is appropriate for patients who are bothered by stains or discoloration in their teeth. Patients who have moderate or severe tooth and gum sensitivity may not be good candidates for treatment, although some teeth whitening options are available to help reduce irritation for those patients. In addition, patients who are considering teeth whitening in Puerto Rico should understand that synthetic restorations such as dental crowns or porcelain veneers will not be affected by the treatment. Finally, patients should have realistic expectations regarding the results of teeth whitening. Although some results will be evident immediately, patients who continue to smoke, or drink coffee and/or red wine, may require more treatment sessions to achieve the results they desire.
At Durán & Martínez Cosmetic and Reconstructive Dentistry, Dr. Durán takes the time to thoroughly evaluate each patient’s oral health condition, their specific treatment needs and their candidacy for various teeth whitening treatments. He evaluates the causes behind teeth stains or discoloration to identify the treatment that will work best. Based on the degree of whitening needed, as well as the patient’s sensitivities, Dr. Durán may recommend laser treatments, whitening trays, or an over-night guard. By taking the time to consult with each patient thoroughly prior to treatment, Dr. Durán is able to provide a positive and effective cosmetic dentistry experience.
Teeth Whitening Treatment
Dr. Durán offers several teeth whitening treatments, based on each individual patient’s needs. These options include:
Night Guards. Dr. Durán offers overnight teeth whitening trays to help patients achieve their ideal smile quickly and safely. This treatment option involves wearing an overnight whitening tray that is lined with a special whitening solution. This is a convenient option for patients who cannot find time to wear trays during the day, or for those who experience discomfort with other trays. With a night guard, the teeth whiten as you sleep. Depending on the degree of whitening needed, these trays can be worn anywhere from three nights to 10 nights to achieve the desired results.
In-office Bleaching. In-office teeth whitening may be considered for some patients and may be recommended by some patients. During this procedure, whitening gel is carefully applied to the teeth. This procedure can produce results that are several shades whiter, but may require several office visits before the final outcome is achieved.
Schedule a Consultation Today
Teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures performed today. Although there are many products available at local drugstores, the truth is that nothing can replace the personal, attentive care and professional results that are possible with treatment from a qualified dentist like Dr. Durán. By taking a personalized approach to treatment, Dr. Durán is able to get patients the results they want and deserve. To learn more about your teeth whitening options, contact Dr. Durán’s practice in San Juan at 787-754-2270 to schedule a consultation.
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