Your teeth aren’t immune from showing the signs of aging no matter how well you take care of them. Every day foods and drinks, smoking and years of teeth grinding can make your smile dull. There’s good news, though!
Teeth whitening is a simple, effective and affordable cosmetic dental treatment that will restore youth to your smile. Professional teeth whitening can brighten your teeth – safely – up to 8 or more shades lighter.
About Tooth Whitening Treatment
For most patients, we recommend at home teeth whitening trays. Dr. Lassiter will create a set of custom bleaching trays that fit the contours of your teeth. We will provide you with a professional strength whitening gel that will gradually whiten your teeth over several days or weeks. Whitening trays are typically worn for a few hours each day or over night to break up stains and minimize discoloration.
Tooth Whitening FAQs
What can I expect from teeth whitening?
Most patients will see a dramatic improvement in the color of their teeth – typically 8 shades or lighter. Teeth whitening can be used for teeth that have discoloration from foods, beverages, tobacco use, and/or age. If you have staining due to antibiotics, ask about alternative treatments such as veneers or tooth bonding.
What’s the difference between over-the-counter whitening products and professional bleaching?
Over-the-counter whitening strips, brush-on gels, and toothpastes take weeks, and sometimes months, to lighten teeth a few shades. In addition, these products often cause sensitivity to the gums and teeth. Professional bleaching trays are custom designed to fit over the teeth, ensuring even application of the bleaching solution. Our products are safe and will not harm the teeth or gums.
Will bleaching make my teeth sensitive?
While our products are designed to minimize tooth sensitivity, it is normal to experience some mild sensitivity during treatment. Dr. Lassiter may recommend switching to a toothpaste for sensitive teeth during your treatment. Tooth sensitivity generally doesn’t last more than a few days.