There are big moments in everyone’s life and you want to look your best for them. Perhaps you’re walking down the aisle with the person of your dreams? Maybe you finally have an interview for the job you’ve always wanted? Or maybe you need to look your best to impress your client to land that big account at work? But maybe you’re feeling self-conscious about your smile because your teeth aren’t as white as they used to be?
Professional teeth whitening treatments may be just what you need if you can relate to any of the above! If you are in the Monroe NC area and are considering professional teeth whitening, Dr. Leonard Hess and his team at Union County Center for Comprehensive Dentistry can help.
How Do Teeth Get Discolored?
Teeth will become stained and discolored over time, even if you’ve faithfully cared for your teeth by brushing and flossing as recommended by your dentist. This discoloration can be worsened by other factors such as smoking or chewing tobacco or daily drinking of coffee, tea, cola or red wine. Even use of certain prescription medications can cause teeth to become discolored.
Brushing twice daily and flossing at least once daily as suggested by your dentist can slow this process and help your smile stay brighter and healthier longer but it cannot undo what has already been done.
Monroe NC dentist Dr. Hess offers his patients both in-office whitening procedures or at-home whitening kits. Both treatments can help lift years’ worth of stains from your teeth and give them a more youthful appearance. A fresh, white smile can help your self-confidence, helping you feel ready to meet whatever challenge you’re facing.
In-Office Teeth Whitening
Our fastest teeth whitening treatment is the in-office procedure. The entire process lasts a little over an hour and can lighten teeth by up to ten shades. As some kinds of stains are more difficult to erase, results will depend on the severity and source of stains on the patient’s teeth. Dr. Hess will discuss expected results prior to your treatment during your consultation.
The process of in-office teeth whitening usually begins with a barrier being set up to protect your gums from the bleaching agent. Next, a layer of maximum strength bleaching gel is applied onto your teeth. The ingredients are activated with a special no-heat lamp. This process of application and activation may need to be repeated several times until your desired shade is achieved.
At-Home Teeth Whitening Kit
Our most convenient method for removing stains from your tooth enamel is at-home teeth whitening as it can be be done on your time in the comfort of your own home. This method begins in the office with Dr. Hess creating trays custom-fitted to your mouth. Patients are provided with their bleaching trays and maximum strength bleaching gel to use as they wear it during sleep. Although whitening strips and toothpastes are commonly sold in drug stores and big box stores, the take home kit is prescription strength and will provide results far superior results to those options.
The bleaching gel removes stains and, because it contains fluoride, also reduces sensitivity and strengthens your enamel. Results should be apparent after about a week of regular use, with your teeth looking dramatically whiter.
All our teeth whitening products are specially formulated to minimize tooth sensitivity and Dr. Hess carefully supervises teeth whitening treatments.
Teeth Whitening in Monroe, NC
To discuss which teeth whitening treatment would work best for your dental hygiene goals, schedule an appointment with Dr. Hess at Union County Center for Comprehensive Dentistry in the Monroe or Charlotte NC area by calling 704.240.5045 or request an appointment online.