Teeth Whitening: What Are My Options?

Teeth Whitening ResultsChoosing the best method to whiten your smile isn't always as easy as it may seem. Matthews, NC, dentist Dr. David Feeney provides teeth whitening and other cosmetic dentistry services that will help you keep your smile bright and attractive.

Home whitening

Whitening your teeth with a drugstore kit can be a convenient option, as long as you follow the product directions completely. Common disadvantages of over-the-counter whiteners include:

  • Dissatisfaction with Results: If the whitening strips or trays don't fit your mouth properly, your teeth may appear two-toned. You may also notice that your teeth look speckled after whitening. This problem occurs if you whiten without removing plaque and tartar from your teeth first.
  • Long Treatment Time: You may need to use the product for weeks or months before your teeth look lighter.
  • Sensitivity: Hydrogen peroxide, the whitening agent used in whiteners, can irritate your gums and roots. If the product you use doesn't fit correctly, you may be more likely to experience sensitivity.

Professional Whitening

Professional whitening in your Matthews' dentist's office only takes about an hour and can lighten your teeth an average of three to eight shades. Before your treatment begins, your teeth will be cleaned to remove plaque and tartar. Your comfort is a priority during your whitening session. Your dentist will apply a protective gel to your roots and gums and also place plastic retractors in your mouth. The retractors hold your lips and cheeks away from your gums, preventing irritation and sensitivity.

Your dentist uses a stronger formulation of hydrogen peroxide than that available in over-the-counter whitening kits. Once the whitening gel is applied to your teeth, it seeps into the pores in your enamel that harbor stains and begins to break apart the dark pigments. Most people only need one treatment, although a second whitening session may be recommended in some cases.

At-Home Professional Whitening

You can also achieve professional results at home with a take-home kit. If you prefer this method, your dentist will provide you with custom-made trays and a supply of hydrogen peroxide gel. You'll apply the trays nightly or several times a week for a few weeks. At-home trays are also a good choice if you want to occasionally touch up the results of professional teeth whitening.

Brighten your smile with professional teeth whitening! Call Matthews, NC, dentist Dr. David Feeney at (704) 847-1000 to schedule your appointment.

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