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Want a whiter, brighter smile? Ask us about a take-home whitening kit. We can create your kit during your dental visit for you to use in the comfort of your own home. Each kit comes with a tray and whitening gel, which you can use at night, waking up each morning to a brighter and brighter smile. Most treatments take about one week for full results, but Dr. Banik will give instructions specific to your needs.
While you can buy over-the-counter products such as strips and toothpaste to whiten your teeth slightly, our custom kits are the best way to achieve a dramatically whiter smile. We often recommend people use those products in addition to our take-home kit. (Some people feel more sensitivity with prolonged use of over-the-counter whitening products; please discontinue if you experience discomfort.)
Whitening Care: What to Know
Carefully follow your whitening kit’s instructions. Brush and floss thoroughly before each treatment for the best results. Possible side effects may include mild tooth sensitivity as well as gum irritation.
If gum irritation becomes severe, discontinue the gel and contact our office to see if your custom tray needs to be adjusted. We also ask that you keep your two-week follow-up appointment so Dr. Banik can asses your results and adjust your treatment if necessary. When you have finished your treatment, the color can sometimes be somewhat dramatic but will usually “tone down” over time.
Touch up treatments may be needed every 3-6 months and can usually be accomplished in just 1-2 treatments. It’s important to note that results will vary from patient to patient and existing fillings, crowns, and other dental additions will not whiten. We recommend you meet with Dr. Banik to discuss if veneers or other restorations may help you in achieving the results you want.