Teeth Whitening Treatments for Children in Plano, TX
There are various teeth whitening products that can be used to whiten teeth for your older child. Professional teeth whitening products are somewhat expensive while over the counter products cost a bit less. You must first determine how compliant you feel that your child will be in completely following all of the product recommendations.
In-Office Teeth Whitening
Professional teeth whitening products require two separate office visits. At the first appointment, impressions are taken of the teeth that are to be whitened. The impressions are then made into clear, soft plastic trays that can be used with a bleaching gel compound to whiten the teeth. At the second appointment, the plastic trays are fit to the teeth and complete product instructions are reviewed. It will be important for your child to follow all recommendations to obtain the optimum results.
Over the Counter Teeth Whitening Products
Over the counter products such as Crest White Strips are available in the dental hygiene area of grocery stores and discount centers. Over the counter products differ from whitening gels dispensed by the dentist in formulation and strength. However, if you are interested in a cost effective procedure and determining the compliance of your child, these products may be right for you.
It is important to understand that with both professional products and over the counter products, compliance is important. Improvement in teeth shade is usually seen in about two weeks. However, the length of time that the teeth remain lighter is dependent on several factors. Drinking tea, dark sodas, and even regular diets can cause the teeth to darken. Teeth whitening is not a permanent procedure and "touch-up" whitening with the product is usually necessary.
Contact Us to Learn About Your Options
In an effort to determine the best procedure for your child, it is best to discuss your questions with Dr. Judd. If you would like more information on Dr. Judd's pediatric dental care services, contact us. We see patients from Plano, Frisco, Allen, and surrounding communities.