Teeth Whitening

Teeth Whitening Specialist
For the best in teeth whitening treatments, look no further than Atlanta Dentistry by Design. Here, our dentists provide the latest in tooth whitening options for patients in and around Atlanta, Georgia.

Teeth Whitening

by Paul Freeman, DDS

What is teeth whitening?

Tooth whitening enhances the brightness of natural teeth. The lifespan of whitened teeth can range from 4-12 months, depending on the type of treatment used and your consumption of food and drink that can easily stain teeth (such as blueberries, coffee, and tea). To keep your teeth their whitest without undergoing tooth whitening treatment, practice good oral hygiene.

What are the benefits of dentist-supervised whitening?

Dentist-supervised treatments provide better tooth whitening results quicker than a store bought a kit. Two types of treatment are available:

  • An in-office treatment can whiten teeth about five to 10 shades in roughly 45 minutes.
  • A dentist dispensed take-home kit is available and contains a higher concentration of the whitening agents than a store-bought kit. It will be very easy to use.

Patients are also much more likely to be more satisfied with the results of a dentist-dispensed kit than one from the store. 

What happens during in-office treatment?

After a thorough exam of the patient’s teeth, gums, and supporting bone structure, the dentist will tell each person whether tooth whitening is a safe option for his or her smile. If in-office treatment is chosen, the dentist will:

  • Prepare the patient’s mouth by covering his or her lips and gums so that only the teeth are exposed
  • Apply a professional-strength, whitening gel to each tooth
  • Direct a special light on the patient’s teeth for roughly 15 minutes to help the gel penetrate and whiten teeth
  • Patients can watch TV or listen to music as they relax in the chair during this time
  • Then if needed, the gel and light treatment will be repeated two more times
  • The total tooth whitening treatment time is roughly 45 minutes to an hour

What is whitening for life?

The office offers programs to help patients maintain their brightest smile for life. This package includes all of the bells and whistles. Patients start off with an in-office whitening treatment and then they receive custom whitening, take-home trays and bleach gel for life at their routine teeth cleanings. This treatment is a special offer, for more information, please contact the office.

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