What You Should Know About Professional Teeth Whitening

Posted on October 3, 2018 by:

Schultz Family Dental, Newnan, GA

Yellowing or staining of the teeth can be a source of worry and embarrassment for many patients, but it doesn’t have to be!  If you’re in this boat, you could benefit from professional teeth whitening at Schultz Family Dental.  A pleasant smile can go a long way to create a lasting impression, so let us help you with yours!

How Do Teeth Become Discolored?

Teeth become stained due to numerous factors like tobacco and medication use, having experienced an injury to the teeth, and regularly drinking dark colored beverages. There are extrinsic stains that appear on the surface of the teeth, but intrinsic stains live deep within the dentin (the layer of tooth structure beneath the enamel) and between the enamel micro-cracks. A few extrinsic stains can be removed through mouth rinses and whitening toothpastes, but certain stubborn extrinsic and all intrinsic stains are eliminated through teeth whitening agents.

Who is a Good Candidate for Tooth Whitening?

Not all individuals with staining and yellowing of the teeth are good candidates for tooth whitening. If you are suffering from tooth decay or gum disease, you must treat these problems prior to tooth whitening, since whitening agents can be harmful for your teeth if you have these untreated conditions. In addition, the color of certain dental restorations—like veneers, fillings, bridges, or crowns—cannot be changed by tooth whitening.

The Tooth Whitening Procedure

In-Office Treatment

In-office whitening is a non-invasive and efficient procedure completed in a single hour.  Instant whitening is being offered by Dr. Schultz through GLO Science, providing patients with the latest innovation in teeth whitening technology for an effective, enjoyable, and pain-free whitening experience.

First, a protective gel is applied to the gums and the whitening gel is applied to your teeth until desired shade of white is achieved. Active whitening ingredients in the gel then reach the discolored molecules in the enamel and react with them to break the bonds, causing whitening of the entire tooth.

At-Home Treatment

If you’d rather whiten your teeth at home, Dr. Schultz uses Opalescence take-home whitening gel in custom trays that are specifically made to fit your teeth.  Prescribed for use 4-6 hours daily, this gel is available in three flavors and four different concentrations, and offers professional results in an effective, safe, and customized way.

Schedule a Consultation

Contact Schultz Family Dental today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Schultz, so that we can discuss your teeth whitening options for a brighter, more confident smile, and a brighter, more confident YOU!