Teeth Whitening

Teeth Whitening in Albuquerque, NM

At Essenmacher Family Dental, the most common cosmetic dentistry request is for whiter teeth. We recommend professional treatments instead of over-the-counter options, as they are a safer, quicker, and more cost-effective way to brighten your smile for the long term.

Can anyone get their teeth whitened?

Most people can have their teeth whitened. However, there are some cases when we will recommend waiting to schedule the procedure. For example, if you are taking certain medications, pregnant or breastfeeding, or require treatment for gingivitis, it is best to wait. 

What is a professional teeth whitening treatment?

We will apply a powerful bleaching agent to your teeth. The bleaching gel works to break down the staining particles on your teeth, giving you a brighter smile.

We use custom trays to apply the whitening gel evenly to all of your teeth. This ensures the final color will look consistent, and the even application will give you more natural-looking results. It is one of many ways our treatment is more effective than over-the-counter products like whitening strips.

In-Office Whitening

The in-office treatment that we offer at our dental office is much more powerful than any over-the-counter whitening system. The whitening gel we use can remove deeper dental stains from internal tooth discoloration. The whitening treatments available over-the-counter can only remove surface stains. In addition, our custom whitening trays can ensure that the agent makes contact with all of your teeth, providing better results.

The Cost of Professional Teeth Whitening in Albuquerque, NM

Treatment under the supervision of a dentist gives far more dramatic results. Because professional tooth whitening can remove deep stains, you can reliably expect your teeth to be a few shades brighter after just one session.

Did you know: in-office teeth whitening can make your stained teeth up to eight shades lighter?

Over-the-counter products may not require as much money upfront, but they could fail to work at all for you. Even worse, they can sometimes damage dental restorations, which would wipe out any benefit from the lower cost.

At-Home Professional Treatment

We also offer take-home teeth whitening kits you can use in your own home. The added convenience of this option has made it a long-standing favorite for our patients.

With our take-home system, you will receive custom whitening trays and a prescription-strength gel that will brighten your teeth. A take-home whitening system is a more gradual process. But the bleaching gel we provide is much more potent than over-the-counter whitening products, so that you can expect a more significant difference in the whiteness of your teeth.

The Results

Professional whitening treatments are the most effective, but even the most cutting-edge teeth whitening options will only fade over time. Professional whitening will last anywhere from one to three years.

If you want your treatment to last longer, you can avoid coffee, tea, and red wine. You can also use whitening toothpaste between treatments to help keep your white smile.

Side Effects

Whitening treatments do not cause side effects. Some patients may experience mild tooth sensitivity or gum irritation. Sensitivity is often temporary and should go away within a few days of treatment. Many patients report less sensitivity after our treatments.

Can whitening be done alongside other cosmetic procedures?

Some procedures look best when your natural teeth are brightened before completing the new work.

For example, veneers reflect light, and it’s always a good idea to have a lighter tooth on the bottom to avoid the darker color from showing through.

In other cases, like cosmetic dental bonding, we will match the color to your existing teeth, so it’s best if they are already a shade that makes you happy.

Contact us today!

If you are unhappy with your smile, we can give you a complete smile makeover to boost your self-esteem. Our office in Albuquerque, NM, will work with you to create a treatment plan that fits your budget, schedule, and specific dental needs.

If you want to schedule a consultation for teeth whitening or other cosmetic dental services, request an appointment online or call our office at 505-881-0334 today!