At North Billerica Smiles, we offer two different whitening treatments that work a little differently: in-office whitening or take-home whitening trays. Both whitening treatments involve applying peroxide to the teeth to remove surface stains.
This works by introducing oxygen molecules from the peroxide to the staining molecules in your teeth, which breaks them down. Whitening treatment will involve the use of carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide.
During your in-office whitening, you will sit in the dental chair and have the whitening agent applied to your teeth. We will protect your gums and the inside of your mouth by using cheek protractors and a special protective gel.
The peroxide is then activated by UV light for faster results. The process is repeated multiple times until the desired shade is achieved and the session typically takes about one hour. If you would rather whiten your teeth from home, you can come into our office for a take-home whitening consultation where we will take impressions of your teeth.
These impressions are sent to a dental lab that creates custom-fit whitening trays that fit snugly over your teeth. The patient will also receive a whitening solution that is to be applied. The trays are to be worn for a specified amount of time each day for about 2-3 weeks.
At-home teeth whitening is just as effective as in-office whitening but does not produce instant dramatic results. Instead, the results are gradually built up over time. If you’re interested in take-home or in-office teeth whitening in Billerica, contact us today at (978) 262-0023 to schedule a consultation.
Teeth whitening can last between 6 months to 3 years depending on how much effort you put into their upkeep and your oral hygiene. Stains can build up if you consume highly pigmented foods and drinks or if you smoke tobacco products. Reducing your consumption of these things or drinking through a straw will help to reduce stains.
Teeth whitening has been known to cause temporary tooth sensitivity in many patients as a side effect of the whitening agent. This is because the peroxide strips minerals from the enamel, exposing the dentinal tubules which are connected to the tooth’s nerves.
This results in hypersensitivity for a few days but it will subside as the minerals are restored. You can reduce sensitivity with desensitizing gel and using toothpaste for sensitive teeth. You may also want to limit your use of whitening treatments in frequency and duration if you have sensitive teeth.
You should brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristle toothbrush as well as flossing once each day. To maintain your results you can use an ADA-approved whitening toothpaste. It’s also important to have your teeth cleaned every 6 months which removes surface stains and plaque from the teeth and gum line.
Whitening treatments are temporary so you may need to return for another treatment in the future if your teeth become discolored over time. By reducing your exposure to staining foods and drinks and taking care of your teeth, you can preserve the effects of your whitening treatment and may only need small touch-ups.
A dental implant includes two parts: an abutment and a restoration. Together, these two pieces create a permanent replacement tooth that looks and functions just like a natural one would.
The first step of the dental implant process is a consultation at North Billerica Smiles. During your visit, we’ll assess your smile to see if you’re a good candidate for dental implants. If so, we’ll move onto the treatment planning phase.
One of our dentists will take x-rays and scans of your mouth, then use the detailed images of your teeth, gums, jawline, and surrounding bone structures to come up with a precise treatment plan. Once this is complete, you will come in for your oral surgery and your abutment will be placed in your gum. When this heals, this is the part of your implant that will function as an artificial tooth root.
3-6 Months after your abutment is places and your gums are fully healed, you’ll come back in for your final appointment. During your last visit, we’ll attach a dental crown or other restoration to the abutment, and this will create a replacement tooth that looks and feels natural. You’ll be able to chew, speak, and smile with ease - with no gaps in your teeth!
Since dental implants are an invasive oral surgery, you can expect to feel some pain. However, we use powerful numbing agents and anesthetics to ensure that you are as comfortable as possible during your procedure. What’s more, we also send you home with a prescription for medication that will help ease your pain, if necessary. We do everything in our power to provide a smooth, pain-free implant treatment.
With proper care and oral hygiene, your dental implant should last the rest of your life. We also offer maintenance appointments to help ensure that your implant stays in good shape throughout the years.