What is light-activated whitening?
In just one visit to Riley Dental, Dr. Luke Riley can help eliminate years of stains and brighten your smile with GLO professional light-activated teeth whitening. When smoking, tobacco products, and dark-colored liquids cause embarrassing stains on your teeth, GLO whitening treatments deliver beautiful results, even for people with sensitive teeth. This light-activated whitening treatment doesn't even require tooth impressions or trays to work.
Whiten your teeth up to eight shades in less than an hour. Allow us to create the confident smile you desire! Call a member of our oral health team today in Haslet, TX, so we can make a personalized treatment program for you.
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Who is a candidate for light-activated whitening?
Professional teeth whitening is a great solution for men and women who want to reduce years of discoloration and dark stains from their teeth for a whiter smile. Before you get GLO light-activated teeth whitening, Dr. Riley will perform a quick exam to make sure your teeth are strong enough to handle the procedure. We also discuss your concerns and goals.
Unlike store-bought teeth whitening products, your GLO procedure at Riley Dental will be personalized to your needs and requirements. And if you have previous dental restorations, no need to worry! GLO is one of the few teeth whitening systems capable of whitening restorations like bridges and porcelain crowns.
What happens during light-activated whitening
GLO professional teeth whitening doesn't require anesthesia or any form of sedation. Before beginning light-activated whitening, a member of our dental team will clean and dry your teeth. We then place a protective barrier over your gums to prevent gingival irritation. Your eyes will also be shielded using special glasses. Once this is completed, Dr. Riley will paint a professional-strength gel on your teeth and then expose them to blue wave light.
Based on your current enamel shade and desired results, this process may be repeated 2 – 3 more times until the desired results are achieved. As soon as your procedure is done, the rest of the gel and gums will be cleaned before your teeth are rinsed. The GLO system is so effective patients notice results right away. Riley Dental may provide an at-home maintenance kit to ensure you maintain your desired shade long-term.
How long is recovery from light-activated whitening?
Most patients are cleared to return to their usual activities immediately after their GLO appointment. However, it's best to stay away from products that will stain your teeth (like coffee and tobacco products) for at least two days. This ensures that the whitening agent has time to penetrate your enamel to the fullest extent possible. For the first 24 hours, you may encounter mild sensitivity to cold and heat, but this resolves in 3 – 5 days. Feel free to take acetaminophen for mild sensitivity. A calcium-infused topical ointment (called MI Paste) can also help.
To maintain your results, brush your teeth after consuming staining food and drinks. Stick with a daily oral hygiene regimen, including regular brushing and flossing, to avoid the accumulation of new stains. Professional cleanings twice per year at Riley Dental can also help eliminate darker stains as they come up. Should you want to renew your results, you can schedule a second GLO procedure or ask Dr. Riley about future in-office sessions.
Does insurance cover light-activated whitening?
Cosmetic procedures are not usually covered by insurance. Dental whitening is considered cosmetic, the cost of light-activated whitening in Haslet is will need to be out-of-pocket. During your initial consultation, a knowledgeable member of our staff can give you a quote and review payment options. Riley Dental can assist you in finding third-party financing to make your procedure affordable. We can also provide information about financing via CareCredit.
Light-activated whitening FAQs
Is light-activated teeth whitening for everyone?
Not all people are candidates for light-activated teeth whitening. Before moving forward with treatment, Dr. Riley will check for signs of cavities, gum disease, and other conditions related to your teeth and gums. If your oral health is in top shape, we can provide you with a whiter, brighter smile you'll love showing off!
How long does light-activated whitening last?
Teeth whitening can last for years as long as you take good care of your teeth. Brush twice a day, floss once a day, and use a fluoride rinse after brushing to prevent stains from returning. Attending regular cleanings at Riley Dental is another way to catch stains early before they become noticeable.
What about at-home teeth whitening kits?
Some people prefer to whiten their teeth at home because it's convenient and discreet. However, these treatments are not always personalized to meet your cosmetic needs and goals. The good news is our office in Haslet can provide an at-home maintenance kit after your light-activated teeth whitening session.
Brighten your smile
In-office GLO Professional teeth whitening at Riley Dental can easily remove years of discoloration and bothersome stains. Even people with sensitive teeth and dental restoration can participate in light-activated whitening. Dr. Riley is proud to personalize your treatment to fulfill your needs and goals. Speak to our team in Haslet, TX for more information and to schedule your appointment.