Does Teeth Whitening Actually Work?

Does Teeth Whitening Actually Work?

If you’re trying to live your best life, you’re going to have “big moments” where you want to look and feel your best.  Maybe you’re about to say “I do” at your storybook wedding? Or you finally have that interview for the job you’ve always wanted? But if your pearly whites aren’t so pearly or white anymore, you might be self-conscious about smiling. 

If you find yourself embarrassed by the color of your teeth, professional teeth whitening treatments may be just what the dentist ordered to help you smile your best smile.  If you are in the Pinehurst, NC area and are considering professional teeth whitening, Drs. Clement Monroe and Kamron Monroe and their team can help.

How Do Teeth Get Discolored?

Even if you’ve always brushed and flossed daily as recommended by your dentist, your teeth will still become discolored naturally over time. The rate and severity of this discoloration can also be increased by other factors such as smoking or chewing tobacco or drinking coffee, tea, cola or red wine on a regular basis. In addition, taking certain prescription medications can stain teeth as an unfortunate side effect.

Performing routine dental care regularly can slow down this process and help your smile stay brighter and healthier longer. However, it cannot undo the damage that has already been done. This is where professional tooth whitening comes in.

The Drs. Monroe of Pinehurst, NC offer patients the option of in office or take home teeth whitening. Both treatments can remove years’ worth of stains, restoring a brighter, more youthful appearance for your teeth. A fresh, white smile can help increase your confidence, allowing you to feel ready to meet whatever challenge you’re facing.  

In-Office Teeth Whitening

Our fastest and most effective method of teeth whitening is the in-office procedure with Zoom! Whitening products. This process can lighten your teeth by up to ten shades lighter in only one session. However, results may vary based on the severity and source of the stains on your teeth, with some stains being more difficult to erase completely.

Zoom In Office Teeth Whitening can usually be completed in about an hour using specially formulated bleaching gels and a special no-heat light.  We recommend patients begin with a cleaning and then, we prepare the mouth for the whitening procedure by isolating the lips and gums with a protective barrier.

After three 15 minute applications, your smile will be 8 or more shades brighter and whiter!

A five minute fluoride treatment completes the procedure, helping your teeth build up stronger enamel. With proper oral hygiene and routine dental care, your shiny new smile will usually last for a year or more. Periodic touch up’s and limiting dark, staining beverages and tobacco use can extend the life of your treatment. However, the process may need to be repeated several times until your desired shade is achieved.

At-Home Teeth Whitening Kit

For our patients that value convenience over speed, we have at-home teeth whitening kits. This method utilizes custom-fitted trays that Dr. Monroe creates in the office and maximum strength bleaching gel. The take home kit will provide results far superior to over the counter options such as the whitening strips and toothpaste your local drugstore may be selling.

Our patients often use their at-home kits overnight since they need to be left on for several hours at a time. The trays, custom-made to fit your mouth by Dr. Monroe, are filled with the bleaching gel which not only remove stains but will also reduce sensitivity and strengthen your enamel due to the added fluoride. You should see dramatic results after only one week of regular use.

All our teeth whitening products are specially formulated to minimize tooth sensitivity and Dr. Monroe carefully supervises teeth whitening treatments. 

Teeth Whitening in Pinehurst, NC

To discuss which teeth whitening treatment would work best for you and your life, schedule an appointment with Dr. Clement or Kamron Monroe at Drs. Monroe & Monroe Implant & General Dentistry in Pinehurst by calling 910.420.3670 or request an appointment online.

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