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Teeth Whitening – Metairie, LA

A Professional Approach to a Whiter Smile

A smile before and after teeth whitening.

It’s no secret that teeth whitening is one of the most popular forms of treatment in cosmetic dentistry to date. It’s fast, easy, effective and proven to withstand the test of time when you practice daily oral care. When you visit Dr. Mayda Ferguson’s office for treatment, you’ll have the chance to choose between in-office and take-home solutions depending on your preference. Don’t wait to start making your smile shine; contact her office to schedule your next cosmetic consultation today!


How Does Teeth Whitening Work?

A woman receiving in-office whitening.

As your teeth is exposed to food and beverages over time, the hard outer shell known as the enamel begins to break down. As this layer becomes increasingly covered in micro-scratches, it makes it easier for richly pigmentated foods to seep into enamel and settle, resulting in stains. If you don’t promptly remove these stains, they seep deeper into the dentin layer, which sits directly behind enamel. When stains are inside the deep layers of enamel and dentin, conventional over-the-counter whitening products cannot effectively remove them any longer. In other cases, aging can also affect the color of your smile, creating stains that require professional intervention to remove.

That’s where our office’s unique blend of whitening products come in. Dentist-provided whitening products contain far higher concentrations of bleaching ingredients compared to store-bought solutions. The biggest difference however is the way they are applied. Professional solutions are meant to stay on teeth more effectively than mass-produced whitening trays, allowing for a longer-lasting and more consistently thorough shade.

When you visit the office, you’ll have two options for whitening; in-office and take-home whitening kits.


In-Office Whitening

A customized whitening tray.

Do you have an event coming up with little time to prepare your smile? Don’t want to wait to get your smile whiter than ever before? Those looking for a quick and easy way to whiten teeth in just one appointment should consider in-office whitening. By applying professional-grade bleaching solution directly to your tooth enamel and giving it time to settle, the gel will safely permeate through your teeth and address stains in the deepest layers of your enamel and dentin. By the time treatment is complete, which takes about one hour, you’ll be prepared for your upcoming event!


Take-Home Whitening Trays

A woman at her dental appointment.

Those who would prefer to whiten teeth either on their own time or at their own pace should consider custom-made whitening trays. Each set of trays is fabricated to fit your smile exactly, ensuring even coverage and preventing the gel from becoming exposed to oxygen. Oxygen is one of the main causes of whitening gel not being as effective as it could be, which is why mass-produced whitening trays generally don’t whiten teeth nearly as well. This is also because the gel these products do not contain as high of a percentage of hydrogen or carbamide peroxide.

By wearing the trays for at least 30 minutes a day over the next two weeks, you can achieve the same level of whitening that you’d find with in-office solutions!

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