Enjoy a brighter smile for the new year!

Teeth Whitening During the holiday season, many patients reconnect with friends and family at activities and events held in the months of November, December, and January. Many patients visit with Dr. Steven Holbrook at Comprehensive Dental Care in Albuquerque, NM to ask about the solutions available to them for improving and enhancing the smile. One way in which patients can quickly rejuvenate their smile is with professional teeth whitening solutions.

What is involved in the teeth whitening process?

Dr. Steven Holbrook is pleased to offer whitening using the Opalescence Tooth Whitening System. This system utilizes potassium nitrate and fluoride to lift deep stains and improve brilliance in the natural tooth enamel. The whitening procedure using this system requires two appointments. During the first visit, the dentist will take impressions of the teeth. These impressions are used to create custom trays that are used with the bleaching gel. Patients return for a second appointment to obtain their trays and ensure they fit the dental arch properly. Adjustments can be made if needed. Patients are educated on how to use the trays and bleaching gel properly to obtain the desired results.

Is teeth whitening with the Opalescence Tooth Whitening System permanent?

Teeth whitening procedures are not permanent. However, they can be enjoyed for several months, even longer, with continued treatment and by avoiding foods and beverages known for staining the teeth. Patients who are serious about maintaining their whiter smile can ask their dentist for more bleaching gel to touch-up the whitening every few months. Patients who have dental restorations placed in their smile will need to have them matched to the current color of their smile and maintained.

Who is a candidate for teeth whitening with a dental team?

Professional teeth whitening is best for patients who have dulling or discolored teeth and are seeking a boost in brilliance and beauty. The best patients for this treatment are those who do not have color-matched dental restorations such as crowns, bridges, or veneers as these are not affected by the whitening gels.

Ready to have your smile shine this holiday season?

Contact Dr. Steven Holbrook of Comprehensive Dental Care today to learn about the benefits of professional-grade teeth whitening solutions. The practice can be reached by calling (505) 881-1159 and visiting the office at 8228 Louisiana Boulevard, NE Suite C.

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