Teeth Whitening Provider in Raleigh, NC

Picture of white teethHaving teeth professionally whitened is one of the fastest and easiest ways to improve the look of a patient's smile. Tooth whitening can be done in a dental office or by using an at-home tooth whitening kit that can be purchased from a dental office. Some people will be tempted to buy over-the-counter tooth whitening kits from pharmacies or department stores, but for lasting results, buying a tooth whitening kit at a dental office is the best bet.

How Does Tooth Whitening Work? 

Before tooth whitening can begin, an examination of the enamel on natural teeth will be conducted. It's essential that the enamel is in excellent condition to undergo tooth whitening treatment. The dentist will also examine any areas of concern that are present in a patient's mouth and determine if any fillings need to be replaced or updated. Tooth whitening solutions can cause some sensitivity under leaking restorations, gum recession or cracked or worn teeth so replacing them or restoring them is ideal for starting this type of treatment.

For porcelain crowns, it might be necessary to replace them if the newly whitened teeth no longer match the crown. Everything that needs to be considered will be discussed before any treatment begins. It's important that patients have all of the information they need to make informed decisions about their oral health. Don't make the mistake of thinking tooth whitening is just a cosmetic procedure; it can improve oral health just like other dental procedures.

In-office tooth whitening systems often incorporate gels that must be mixed in the office to help accelerate the whitening treatment and more efficiently provide the best results possible for patients who have significant levels of discoloration. This type of treatment is not available for at-home use, and even "light" products on the market are not comparable to what the dentist's office can provide concerning tooth whitening treatment.

When working with a dentist to have teeth whitened, dental impressions will be taken. These molds will be used to create customized trays that will be used during the tooth whitening process. Using personalized trays allows for the best possible results; using over-the-counter tooth whitening systems have generic, one-size-fits-all whitening trays, which leaves room for error and less impressive results overall. Depending on how much whitening treatment is needed, some patients will wear their whitening trays for as prescribed by their dentist to fit their individual schedule & needs.

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Why Should Patients Consider Teeth Whitening?

Many patients say that their number one concern is whiter teeth. After all, teeth are one of the first things that people notice about one's appearance, so it's crucial to some to have a healthy, young, and whiter looking smile.

Depending on how much treatment is needed to achieve the desired level of whiteness, some patients may experience sensitivity, which should not happen often if prepared ahead of time with with other professionally prescribed adjuncts. If the problem persists, be sure to tell a dentist, but using over-the-counter tooth-sensitivity toothpaste, Fluoride varnish, or a calcium-phosphate gel (MI paste) can also help to alleviate the discomfort brought on by sensitivity.

Tooth whitening is not only completed for cosmetic reasons. Many patients opt for tooth whitening to reduce the look of discoloration related to medication. Prescription medications such as Tetracycline can discolor teeth if it was prescribed at a young age when the adult teeth were still developing . Other reasons patients may opt for tooth whitening include reducing the look of Fluorosis, which is when a person has too much Fluoride treatment as their teeth are developing.

This condition leaves large white or yellow lines on teeth that can be reduced by tooth whitening.  What's excellent about tooth whitening is that it is a non-invasive treatment that can be done quickly and efficiently in the dentist's office.

Is Tooth Whitening Permanent?

Unfortunately, tooth whitening is not a permanent solution. Most patients need to undergo regular tooth whitening sessions to maintain the look and results of their treatments. If patients continue to engage in specific activities after having their teeth whitened, they are more likely to need additional whitening treatments, more often. Events that could increase the need for further tooth whitening treatments include smoking, drinking coffee or tea, as well as red wine. People who eat highly concentrated citrus or heavily colored foods (especially darker berries) may also see the need to whiten more often.

At-Home Teeth Whitening Vs. Dental Office Teeth Whitening

Working with a professional dental office to whiten teeth is the ideal approach. While over-the-counter tooth whitening solutions do provide improvements in the levels of discoloration or stains that appear on teeth, having a dentist perform tooth whitening treatment is the most efficient way to achieve the results people want. If having teeth whitened at home is essential to a patient, many dental offices now offer an at-home component or kit that can be purchased and used under the supervision of a dental office. Sometimes, in-office treatment is coupled with at-home treatment to ensure a long-lasting result. Working with a dentist to have teeth whitening also provides a great deal of comfort to patients who might be concerned with tooth sensitivity or side effects. Some patients experience sensitive teeth, gums, and tingling in their mouth.

Caring for Teeth After Teeth Whitening Treatment

Following a tooth whitening treatment in the dentist's office, patients may experience tooth sensitivity. A dentist will recommend that patients reduce their intake of coffee, tea, red wine, and citrus, tomatoes & berries for a few days while the tooth whitening sets in. It is advisable to reduce the consumption of these beverages and foods anyway because they wear away the enamel, which can reduce the results of the tooth whitening treatment, and increase the need for additional treatments more frequently.

Proper brushing and flossing must be continued, and regular dental visits are essential to maintain the success of the tooth whitening procedure and perform touch-ups as necessary. If patients have questions about whether or not tooth whitening is for them, they should contact their dentist for a consultation. Tooth whitening is quick and easy and provides patients with a boost in their self-esteem.

No matter what your reason, we are here to help you achieve your whitest, brightest possible smile.

Talk with us during your next visit to learn more!

Patients come to us for teeth whitening from Raleigh, Apex, Cary, Clayton, Garner and nearby locations.