Teeth Whitening in Cary, NC
Smiling boosts confidence. But, it can be difficult to smile if you aren’t confident about the way your teeth look. Because of stains or yellow teeth, you may not want to show off your brilliant smile—and you may instead choose to smile with just your lips and cheeks. Your teeth are an extremely important aspect of your smile. If you are self-conscious about your teeth, you should consider teeth whitening as an option to repair your smile and give it the shine that it used to have.
Why Teeth Whitening?
While it’s best to have your teeth whitening handled by a cosmetic dentist, teeth whitening isn’t necessary for overall oral health. Instead, it helps to improve the overall aesthetic look of your teeth. This isn’t to say that teeth whitening doesn’t have benefits that go beyond your physical appearance, though!
Many patients see a boost in their overall self-esteem after a teeth whitening. Because they feel less insecure about their smile, they tend to smile more—increasing their confidence and overall mood. Because of this, teeth whitening can have some major benefits for your mood and even your overall demeanor.
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At Home vs In Office
There are two main options to choose from when it comes to teeth whitening - at-home and in-office. Both have their advantages. The major difference between the two are the costs of the procedures, and how long the whitening process takes.
In-office whitening is a quick procedure - it takes about an hour and a half. During this time, your teeth may become up to ten shades whiter! It is important to understand that the in-office whitening process is quite a bit more expensive, though.
At-home whitening is a more affordable option, but it does take a significant amount longer. The process of at-home whitening begins with a custom tray being made for the patient. From there, the patient will use an at-home solution every day for the recommended amount of time. There are two ways that a patient can time out their at-home whitening. For patients with less sensitive teeth, there may be the option of wearing the tray overnight. This may increase the speed of the whitening process to around one to two weeks. If the patient has more sensitive teeth, though, the tray may only be worn for one to three hours at a time. If this is the case, the whitening
process will take around three to five weeks.
Both at-home and in-office are excellent option. The choice really comes down to how long you would like to wait for the full benefits of the whitening, and how much you want to spend.
Teeth Whitening Process
Teeth whitening is a process that involves the removal of stains and yellowing from the surface of the teeth. Whether the stains are due to coffee, tea, wine, tobacco or even chocolate, a teeth whitening procedure can help to change the overall appearance of a patient’s teeth - making them pearly and white. This is done using carbamide peroxide, which releases a non-toxic bleach when mixed with water. This bleach brightens up your smile.
It is extremely important to understand that not everyone is a candidate for teeth whitening. This is why - even if you are planning on purchasing an over-the-counter whitening kit - you need to visit your dentist to see if you are a candidate for teeth whitening. Teeth whitening solution can actually damage your teeth if your enamel is unable to handle the solution, and can also irritate damaged teeth.
Before undergoing any sort of whitening, speak with your dentist about whether or not you are a good candidate for teeth whitening.
Keep Teeth Whiter for Longer
Just because teeth whitening isn’t permanent, doesn’t mean that your teeth can’t stay white for longer. The key to keeping teeth whiter for longer is two-fold. The first aspect involves proper oral care. By brushing, flossing and rinsing twice a day - along with visiting the dentist twice a year - you’ll see a significant increase in the longevity of the whitening. The other aspect is avoiding what caused your teeth to stain and yellow in the first place. If your teeth are yellow and/or stained due to tobacco use, coffee, tea or wine, you’ll want to cut back—or stop entirely.
By taking good care of your teeth, you’ll dramatically extend how long they stay bright and white for.
Finding a Cosmetic Dentist
While some general dentists perform cosmetic dentistry, not all of them provide these services. Because of this, you’ll want to make sure to find the right cosmetic dentist. First, consider speaking with your general dentist about what cosmetic services they provide. If they are uncomfortable providing teeth whitening, ask about a cosmetic dentist that they can refer you to. Because teeth whitening often isn’t covered by insurance, this may not be a factor. Still, you may want to check the costs of the services, as well as the quality that the dentist is able to
For amazing whitening services, contact Wake Dental Care today. Ask us about our “Whitening for Life” program.
Dentists You Can Trust
We take the time to explain treatment and use the latest in dental technology to ensure a conservative approach to your dental care. We have specialized eyepieces and special decay-detecting dye to be sure we can see the smallest amount of decay and remove only the diseased portions of the tooth. Our iTero scanner allows us to scan your teeth and create restorations with world-class accuracy.
Dr. Jim Bohn
Dr. Bohn is a native of Pennsylvania. He earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology at Penn State University and a Doctorate of Medical Dentistry from Temple University School of Dentistry.
Dr. Jerry Allen
Dr. Jerry Allen was born and raised in Eastern North Carolina. He received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery (D.D.S) with Honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.