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Professional Dental Whitening

Professional Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is achieved through the use of carbamide peroxide which reaches beneath the surface of your tooth to remove stains. Whitening at Better Dental can either be done as an In-Office Treatment or with custom trays that you’ll take with you to whiten in the comfort of your home.

If you’ve ever visited a drugstore, you’re aware of the plethora of over-the-counter whitening solutions available. These kits are relatively affordable, but surprisingly they aren’t the most cost-effective method since their low strength formulas require many, many rounds of treatment and will likely still not produce the best whitening results.

Your Bright Smile Is Waiting

Reveal the inner sparkle

Better Dental offers a variety of professional teeth whitening options, to fit anyone’s budget and timeline.

Our whitening solutions allow you to brighten your smile in the comfort of your own home, or opt for a dramatic same-day whitening procedure right here in our Apex dental office. We can provide just the right whitening solution to get you looking and feeling your best in time for your next special event or family photo.

What should I know about whitening?

Questions of comfort and safety

As you would with any product you use on your body, be sure to follow the teeth whitening directions carefully. Some whitening products can irritate your gums or cause temporary sensitivity if used improperly or too often.

The safest way to whiten your teeth is under the supervision of a caring dental team who will assess your overall oral health, the health of your teeth and know the history of your teeth. For example, if we know that you are prone to sensitivity, we may recommend a gentle formulation to ensure you get the results you are looking for with a treatment that you will enjoy.

One more thing to keep in mind is that ALL whitening treatments are likely to cause a certain amount of short-term sensitivity in your teeth. The good news is that it is always temporary and its symptoms can be treated with special desensitizing toothpastes.

In-Office Teeth Whitening

For a dramatic, quick result

Like many people, you may be anxious to see results right away. Or maybe you just don’t want to deal with the hassle of having to use your whitening trays at home. In-office teeth-whitening procedures are available, and they typically take around an hour to complete.

The process is simple. A dental assistant will cover your gums and lips to protect them from the whitening gel, which will be applied to the teeth. A special light will be directed at the teeth to speed up the whitening process. You can expect this to last for about 15 minutes. At that point, more gel will be applied, and the process will be repeated. The gel will be applied a final time, and you will be all set when the last 15-minute interval is complete.

Take-Home Whitening

Slow and steady wins the race

At home whitening is just as effective as in-office whitening at a more affordable cost. Our take-home whitening kit includes all that you need achieve the same great results as our in-office whitening, but the process can take place over several weeks rather than in a single visit. Because at-home whitening uses a lower concentration of whitener (although still much more than over-the-counter products), it will whiten just as effectively as in-office whitening, but it will take longer to achieve the same result.

In addition to cost savings, one more benefit of using this lower concentrated dose is that it is less likely to cause sensitivity from whitening.

 

 

Sprakle, Brillant, Shine – In Three Easy Steps

BetterDental Teeth Whitening in Apex NC

If you are concerned your teeth yellow you’re not alone. The AAO found that nearly 90% of patients request teeth whitening services. People associate white teeth with youth and good health. But even if you are in excellent health let’s face it – life happens. Your teeth can yellow over time due to smoking, drink coffee and other dark liquids and from taking some medications.

Teeth whitening is achieved through the use of carbamide peroxide which reaches beneath the surface of your tooth to remove stains. Professional teeth whitening at Better Dental can either be done using in-office or at-home treatments. Many patients pair teeth whitening with other cosmetic dentistry services such as Invisalign.

Step 1 -Remove Stains

Always start by getting a cleaning and checkup. Many dark brown stains can only be removed during a regular cleaning. Teeth whitening may make your teeth whiter but keep in mind that great oral health requires a more holistic approach than teeth whitening alone.

Step 2 – Discuss your teeth whitening options with us!

Different levels of whitening depending your exact needs!

  • Zoom!2™ – In-Office Teeth Whitening
  • Opalescence – In-Office Teeth Whitening
  • KöR Whitening Deep Bleaching™ – Aggressive Teeth Whitening
  • Nite White – Home Teeth Whitening System
  • OTC Whitening Products

 

In-Office Teeth Whitening Options

Zoom!2™ and Opalescence Teeth Whitening

 

  1. We can significantly whiten your teeth in one visit to our dentist office in Apex, NC
  2. Includes protective treatment for your lips and gums to reduce irritation and tooth sensitivity
  3. Next, we apply a special teeth whitening gel which is activated by a laser UV light
  4. The light treatment is done in two 15 minute intervals
  5. We whiten teeth up to six to ten shades whiter with this process
  6. Completed your treatment with a five-minute fluoride treatment.
  7. Post-treatment tooth sensitivity is common and produced mild discomfort for about 24 hours.

Like many people, you may be anxious to see results right away. Or maybe you just don’t want to deal with the hassle of having to use your whitening trays at home. In-office teeth-whitening procedures are available, and they typically take around an hour to complete.

At Home Teeth Whitening Options

KöR Whitening Deep Bleaching™

KöR Whitening Deep Bleaching™ is the most aggressive teeth whitening system on the market. The oxygenated whitening gel is absorbed deeply into the tooth, dissolving stains.

  1. May whiten your teeth up to 16 shades or more
  2. Removes even dark stains from teeth which can normally only be removed during a professional dental cleaning and check up
  3. Is an option for removing most tetracycline stains from teeth
  4. We make molds of your teeth so that your whitening trays are custom fit to your teeth
  5. You’ll wear your personal trays for two weeks at home each night while you sleep
  6. We recommend follow up visits to treat sensitivity
  7. Post-treatment tooth sensitivity is common and produced discomfort during and after the whitening treatment period. This option may not be right for patients who already have sensitive teeth.

 

Nite White

Nite White® from Zoom Teeth Whitening Systems is a safe and exceptionally fast take-home teeth whitening option

  1. During your initial visit, we will discuss what to expect, discuss how to use the Nite White Teeth Whitening System and fit you with custom-made whitening trays to wear at night.
  2. Your Nite White treatment include special whitening gel will help to remove yellowing from the enamel of the teeth.
  3. Simply place the prescription-level whitening gel into the trays in your mouth
  4. You will typically see a noticeable difference in just 7-10 nights.
  5. The gel bonds with the tooth’s surface reduces sensitivity during the whitening process and improves smoothness and lessens the risk of fade-back over time.

At home, whitening is just as effective as in-office whitening at a more affordable cost. Our take-home whitening kit includes all that you need to achieve the same great results as our in-office whitening, but the process can take place over several weeks rather than in a single visit. Because at-home whitening uses a lower concentration of whitener (although still much more than over-the-counter products), it will whiten just as effectively as in-office whitening, but it will take longer to achieve the same result. In addition to cost savings, one more benefit of using this lower concentrated dose is that it is less likely to cause sensitivity from whitening.

OTC Whitening Strips

If you’ve ever visited a drugstore, you’re aware of the plethora of over-the-counter whitening solutions available. These kits are relatively affordable, but surprisingly they aren’t the most cost-effective method since their low strength formulas require many, many rounds of treatment and will likely still not produce the best whitening results.

Step 3: Maintaining Your Results

 

  1. Visit us for regular cleanings and checkups
  2. Avoid drinking coffee, tea, and red wine
  3. Avoid tobacco use. This includes not just smoking but also chewing or snuff.
  4. Consider your medications, some antihistamines, antipsychotics and high blood pressure medications may cause yellowing. Ask your doctor if you are concerned that your medication is causing yellowing.
  5. Trauma or other major health events such as cancer and Chemotherapy and radiation can discolor your teeth. In these situations discuss more advanced cosmetic dentistry options with your dentists.

 

Know the pros and cons of teeth whitening

Many patients experiment with drugstore whitening systems before seeking out professional teeth whitening from their dentist. It is important to talk to your dentist before deciding to whiten your teeth.

  1. Not all whiteners are the same and many do not correct all types of discoloration include dark brown stains caused by coffee or smoking
  2. Whitening will not work on caps, veneers, crowns or fillings
  3. Some people who use teeth whiteners may experience mild to severe tooth sensitivity. That happens when the peroxide in the whitener gets through the enamel to the soft layer of dentin and irritates the nerve of your tooth
  4. If you have naturally sensitive teeth discuss options to reduce tooth sensitivity during the teeth whitening process with us.
  5. Overuse of whiteners can also damage the tooth enamel or gums, so be sure to follow directions and talk to us at BetterDental in Apex, NC