It is natural for your teeth to darken over time, but Dr. Brenda Gong, your dentist in Angier, can erase the signs of age with a professional teeth whitening treatment. Completed either in our office or from the comfort of your home, teeth whitening rejuvenates the appearance of your teeth to help you enjoy a more confident, youthful, dazzling smile. Wondering how teeth whitening works, or whether it is really worth investing in a professional system? Let’s take a closer look at these and other important questions regarding the popular cosmetic treatment.
Why Do Teeth Darken With Age?
Many adults start to notice their smile has lost its luster in their late 20s or early 30s. Frequent exposure to dark foods and beverages -- think coffee, wine, and your favorite ripe berries -- takes a toll on the shade of your pearly whites. Certain medications, especially tetracycline, can cause your teeth to take on a darker gray cast.
Of course, there are also genetic factors at play. Some people are just born with naturally whiter teeth that others. Maybe you never enjoyed a truly radiant smile, or perhaps you’ve just begun to notice your teeth looking less than their best. Whatever the cause, professional teeth whitening can provide significant help.
Professional Teeth Whitening: In-Office or At-Home
At Accent Family Dentistry, we are pleased to offer our patients in-office and at-home teeth whitening so you can brighten your smile at the pace you are most comfortable with.
In-office whitening is a wonderful option for people who prefer rapid results. In just one visit lasting approximately one hour, Dr. Gong erases tough stains both on the surface of and below your tooth enamel. In-office whitening brightens teeth by as much as six shades.
Patients who prefer a more gradual approach, or those who are especially prone to tooth sensitivity, may benefit more from a take-home treatment. Wearing custom-fitted trays and the professional-strength whitening gel every night for about two weeks reveals dramatic, long-lasting results.
Why Choose Professional Whitening?
With so many options available over the counter, is it really worth it to invest in a professional treatment? Without a doubt. Partnering with your dentist is the best way to enjoy safe teeth whitening that reveals the very best results.
Some of the key differences between a professional whitening job and one you can pick up at the grocery store include…
- Professional teeth whitening is customized for your unique smile.
- One-size-fits all whitening may expose your gums or other sensitive oral tissues to the powerful whitening gels, resulting in burns or other injuries.
- Weaker than what you can achieve when you partner with your dentist, over-the-counter whitening may lead to abuse or overuse.
- Professional teeth whitening results can be permanent with necessary lifestyle changes and periodic touchups.
Teeth Whitening FAQs
If you’re looking to turn back the hands of time on your smile, teeth whitening from Dr. Brenda Gong is one easy way to accomplish that. While you may be more than ready to boost your self-confidence by improving your smile, it’s normal to have a few questions before undergoing treatment. That’s why we’ve taken the time to answer some of our frequently asked questions about teeth whitening.
How Long Will My Results Last?
How long your results last will depend on how well you generally take care of your smile. To prolong your results for as long as possible, it’s best to brush your teeth (with a whitening toothpaste) and floss every day, as well as attend checkups and cleanings with your dentist at least twice a year. To prevent your teeth from becoming stained again, you should limit your consumption of staining foods and drinks like coffee, tea, wine, berries, and darkly pigmented sauces. If you’re going to eat or drink these items, brush your teeth or at least rinse with water afterward.
How Much Does Teeth Whitening Cost?
There isn’t a set fee for teeth whitening because your treatment will vary based on a number of factors, such as whether you elect to get your teeth whitened in the office or at home. During your initial consultation, we can discuss a detailed cost estimate based on your unique situation.
Can I Use My Insurance?
Dental insurance policies typically don’t provide coverage for teeth whitening because it is usually deemed a purely elective procedure. However, our team will work with your insurance carrier to maximize any potential benefits while minimizing the amount you’ll have to pay out of pocket.
Will Teeth Whitening Cause Sensitivity?
If you’ve tried over-the-counter teeth whitening products, they may have caused your teeth to become sensitive for a few days afterward. Rest assured that our professional treatment is specially formulated to result in as little sensitivity as possible. If you do experience any discomfort following your procedure, it should only last a couple of days at the absolute most. You shouldn’t have to worry about permanent sensitivity if it wasn’t an issue before your whitening treatment.
I Have Dental Restorations. Can I Still Get Teeth Whitening?
Unfortunately, even professional whitening treatments won’t really affect dental restorations like veneers, crowns, and bridges. This is because restorations aren’t as porous as tooth enamel, so they won’t absorb the bleaching gel. In fact, whitening treatment may temporarily weaken the bond between your restoration and your natural tooth. Because of this, you’ll need to take some extra precautions to strengthen your restorations.
If your crown, bridge, or veneers looks out of place after going through whitening treatment, we can talk about replacing it so that it more effectively blends in with your new and improved smile.
Schedule an Appointment Today!
Are you ready to flash a smile that reflects the real you? Then let’s start by erasing stains with professional teeth whitening in Angier. Please get in touch with Accent Family Dentistry and request an appointment with Dr. Gong today!