Teeth Whitening in Raleigh, NC

Our teeth are one of the most noticeable features on our bodies. They are vital when it comes to eating, but they are just as important in helping us to communicate with others. Our smile can be an appealing attribute when it comes to finding romantic partners or establishing close relationships with peers- but what if you lack confidence in showing your smile?

Many individuals who suffer from damageddiscolored or missing teeth feel embarrassed by their appearance, often becoming less social to avoid judgment or steer clear of questions about their oral health. In these cases, consulting with one of the RDC cosmetic dentist can be one of the most life-changing procedures for patients in returning the beauty to their teeth and the confidence in their smiles.

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Renaissance Dental Center is located in Raleigh, NC but graciously provide comprehensive Dental Services to all surrounding areas including Cary, Apex, Wake Forest, and Garner.

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Make those Pearly, Whites!

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.

Long Lasting Aesthetics

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.

Home vs. Dental Professional

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.

Aftercare

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.

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How it Works

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.

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.

MEET YOUR RENAISSANCE ARTISTS
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Anna Abernethy, DDS

Dr. Abernethy grew up in Concord, North Carolina, however, she has called Raleigh "home" for the past 20 years. She came to Raleigh to attend college and graduated from Meredith College Magna Cum Laude in 2001 with a BS in biology and a minor in chemical physics.

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Jill Sonner, DDS

Dr. Sonner was born and raised in Raleigh NC, and she attended both UNC Wilmington and North Carolina State University. She received her undergraduate degree from NCSU in 1999 with high honors, obtaining a BS in Biological Sciences. During college she supported research staff at NIEHS and performed an independent study focusing on Diabetes.

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Anita Jones Wells, DDS

Dr. Wells is a North Carolina native who grew up in the Pinehurst area and has spent the past 10 years studying and practicing dentistry in Chapel Hill. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she completed both her Bachelor of Science in Biology and her Doctor of Dental Surgery, graduating with honors.

SOME OF OUR SERVICES OFFERED

General Dentistry

We each enjoy doing a broad range of procedures. This allows us to provide many services in-house rather than referring patients out as much as possible. From simple tooth colored fillings to surgical procedures, we enjoy offering a range of options for our patients.

Cosmetic Dentistry

We have all devoted many hours to advanced training under the direction of Frank Spear who is world renowned for cosmetic repair of the most worn or severely damaged teeth. We appreciate the impact a beautiful attractive smile has on one’s self confidence and can deliver remarkable cosmetic results for people needing a various degrees of smile design.

Dental Implants

We have each received our implant fellowship with the International Dental Implant Association under the direction of Oral Surgeon Dr. Garg and have been placing dental implants since 2005. Implants are a rehabilitative option for patients needing to replace missing teeth or anchor dentures.

Dental Grafting

We offer a minimally invasive alternative option for covering exposed roots caused by recession that does not involve extensive roof of the mouth grafting, called the Gumdrop Technique.

Sedation Dentistry

Dental procedures can be often overwhelming due to phobia, and needed appointments to the dental office are often delayed or even avoided entirely. Our office offers multiple levels of sedation to make sure you're visiting as often as suggested.

Dental Crowns

Your smile may become damaged, decayed, or need cosmetic repair and jeopardizing your oral health. Dental crowns are the perfect solution for such patients. Restore your teeth back to a beautiful and healthy shine.

Porcelain Veneers

Sometimes aspects of your teeth cannot be changed as easily. In these cases, to get the healthy cosmetic smile you're looking for porcelain veneers are the perfect solution.

CEREC & CAD/CAM

We have been using digital impressions and 3D printing since 2010. This technique allows us to eliminate many steps that commonly amount to error. Computer aided design allows us to make and deliver restorations in the same visit preventing additional appointments and taking advantage of the patient being numbed only one time.

Teeth Whitening

In today’s world, white teeth are the norm and if yours are yellow or discolored it affects your self confidence. Something as simple as whitening can drastically change your appeal. In the past most of the whitening options caused tooth sensitivity. We offer an array of choices that are tailored to avoid sensitivity while giving you the best outcome.

Laser Therapies

We all hate those dreadful fever blisters. Did you know if you laser them when you feel that very first tingle they won’t erupt? Suffer no more from unsightly sores, we offer this as quick and painless option.