Maintain Your Bright Smile with Customized Take-Home Whitening from the Santa Monica Teeth Whitening Dentist

by Dr. Follette

So you've finally taken the plunge and had your teeth professionally whitened. They look brighter and whiter than ever and you couldn't be happier. You're brushing twice a day, flossing every day, and switching out orange juice for your morning coffee. Your teeth love you!

But a few months down the road you forget to brush your teeth one night, and then you sneak a cup of coffee at work. A week later, you notice that the brightness of your teeth is beginning to fade. You ask yourself "What's going on here? It was just one cup of coffee...and I just had my teeth whitened!"

To get a brilliantly white smile that lasts, you will need to take steps to preserve the beautiful results. With take-home whitening kits, you can maintain your smile at home, without the need for multiple trips to the dentist.

Three Easy Steps to a Whiter Smile

At the office of the Santa Monica teeth whitening dentist, we often recommend at-home whitening as a follow-up for in-office treatments. Whitening at home can help improve the brightness of your smile and prevent your teeth from losing that beautiful glow.

Getting the at-home teeth whitening process started is simple:

  • We’ll make an appointment for you so we can take impressions that we use to fabricate custom-made whitening trays. In about a week, you’ll get the trays back and use them to apply the whitening solution to your teeth.
  • During your appointment, our dentist or hygienist will give you instructions on how to use the custom whitening kit. We’ll show you how much whitening gel to put in the tray and how it is dispensed.
  • After you receive your custom trays, you will apply the whitening gel for about an hour every day for two to three weeks. The results are not as fast as in-office whitening, but they can be just as dramatic - you can expect that the color of your teeth will improve by several shades.

We think take-home whitening kits are a great option! If you're interested in getting more information, please call the Santa Monica teeth whitening dentist to arrange an appointment.