If you feel like your smile leaves something to be desired, you’re not alone. Nearly half of all Americans believe they could benefit from having a whiter smile. Thanks to GLO Teeth Whitening, that dream can become a reality in no time! This patented teeth-whitening system uses a combination of warming heat and LED light to brighten the shade of your teeth either in our office or at home, wherever is more convenient for you. If you’re tired of having a stained or discolored grin, contact us today to get started on your journey to a whiter smile.
There are two main types of stains on teeth: extrinsic and intrinsic. Extrinsic stains occur on the surface of the teeth. They are typically caused by tobacco use or consumption of staining foods and beverages, like berries, wine, coffee, or dark sodas. These kinds of stains generally respond well to over-the-counter whitening kits and toothpastes.
Intrinsic stains, on the other hand, are why treatments such as GLO are required for some patients. These stains happen when staining molecules burrow in cracks in the enamel, or the outermost layer of the teeth. Intrinsic discoloration may be the result of excessive fluoride consumption in childhood, the natural process of aging, or as a side effect of certain medications. They typically need to be removed with professional teeth whitening treatment.
Whether you choose in-office or take-home treatment, GLO whitening works in the same manner. Your cosmetic dentist will prescribe a mouthpiece to wear, along with a bleaching gel significantly more potent than anything you can find at the drugstore. The whitening gel is applied directly to the teeth and the mouthpiece is then inserted. The mouthpiece uses a specialized heat and LED light to trap the whitening oxygen molecules against the teeth, so that they can work their magic and brighten the shade of your pearly whites. In-office treatment generally takes about an hour in the dental chair for quick, dramatic results. The take-home option, on the other hand, allows you to achieve more gradual results in the comfort of your own home.
Keeping your smile nice and bright requires maintenance on your part. For results that last, we suggest using an at-home kit for a touch-up about once a month, with a full in-office treatment every six months or so. This way, you can time it with your regular checkups and cleanings. That being said, if you notice that your pearly whites aren’t looking so bright anymore, you can increase the frequency of your touch-ups until your teeth reach a shade you can be proud of.