Teeth whitening can provide a quick, painless and economical smile makeover, taking years off of your smile. Dr. Brent Blaylock offers custom take-home teeth whitening treatments to patients who visit his Durham NC dentist office.
Professional teeth whitening provides lasting results that are far superior to over-the-counter options and can even improve the health of your teeth. This painless cosmetic dental procedure can give you a brighter smile in just a few days.
At-Home Teeth Whitening
For patients who want to whiten their teeth at home, Dr. Blaylock offers take-home whitening kits for professional, dramatic results. The scientifically advanced process removes years of stains from substances such as coffee, tea, colas, tobacco, and red wine, and the gradual discoloration of normal aging.
Almost anyone can benefit from teeth whitening, but Dr. Blaylock will perform a dental examination and discuss your cosmetic dental treatment options to provide the best results.
Dr. Blaylock will take impressions of your teeth to create custom bleaching trays that he will use for a specified period of time daily. Combined with the bleaching agent supplied, the take-home teeth whitening kit will gradually whiten your teeth.
Teeth whitening products are specially formulated to minimize side effects such as tooth sensitivity and gum irritation. The custom bleaching trays help to keep the bleaching agent concentrated on the tooth surface and away from the soft tissues of the mouth. This also provides more consistent results.
Teeth typically become at least six to ten shades whiter – sometimes more!
Professional Whitening Vs. Over-The-Counter
Professional teeth whitening comes with many benefits as opposed to over-the-counter methods. Drugstore whitening solutions are one size fits all. Ill-fitting whitening strips leave behind splotchy, uneven results. You also run a higher risk of them coming into contact with the soft tissues in your mouth. With custom-fit bleaching trays, the whitening gel equally covers the surfaces of your teeth. They fit perfectly to your teeth, avoiding soft tissue.
A professional whitening gel is designed to limit sensitivity and other side effects. Bleaching trays keep out saliva so that it can’t interfere with the whitening process. When you’re whitening, saliva tends to pool up around your bottom teeth. Bleaching trays seal out saliva with their fit and material.
In addition, professional grade products just work better than what you can get over the counter. They’re stronger and you can get personalized instructions for how best to use them. Your dentist works with you to determine the best time frame to accomplish the whitening results you’re looking for. You’ll have to whiten your teeth fewer times with professional grade products.
Teeth Whitening FAQs
How does professional teeth bleaching compare to over-the-counter options?
There are many over-the-counter options for teeth whitening including whiting toothpaste, whitening strips, and gels. Professional treatment is still the best choice for patients who want the best results.
Dr. Blaylock offers teeth whitening systems with custom-fit trays to ensure even whitening of the teeth. In addition, our products are specially formulated to reduce tooth sensitivity, a common side effect of whitening.
How much does teeth whitening cost?
Teeth whitening is one of the most affordable cosmetic dentistry treatments available. The cost of your whitening treatment will depend on the type of whitening you choose and your desired outcome.
At-home whitening can range between $250 and $500 depending on the system you choose. Refills for touch-up treatment may be an additional cost. Contact our office for more specific details.
Will bleaching cause my teeth to be more sensitive?
One of the more common side effects of teeth whitening is tooth sensitivity. However, the products we use are specially formulated to virtually eliminate sensitivity.
How long does whitening last?
The results of teeth whitening will vary based on each individual. Most patients can expect whitening to last six months to a year.
Touch-up treatment every four-to-six months can help extend the results of your treatment. Visiting the dentist regularly and avoiding smoking and dark foods will also help to keep your teeth white and bright.
Are teeth whitening results permanent?
No, teeth whitening results are not permanent. Teeth whitening can last anywhere from several months to three years, depending on how often you brush and floss your teeth, as well as your diet and lifestyle. Some foods and drinks, such as red wine and coffee, can stain your teeth. So if you want to maintain good results, avoid these foods and drinks whenever possible. Finally, be sure to visit your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings so that they can keep track of your oral health and recommend any necessary treatments or whitening procedures.
Can I receive a teeth whitening treatment if I have cavities?
Yes, it is possible to receive teeth whitening with cavities. However, the dentist will likely want to fill your cavities before they can begin the procedure. This is because the bleaching agents used in teeth whitening may irritate or damage the soft tissues inside of a cavity. If you have any other dental concerns, such as gingivitis or periodontal disease, you should address those issues before receiving your teeth whitening treatment.
Give your dentist in Durham North Carolina a call at 919-518-9963, or request an appointment online to schedule a teeth whitening consultation today.