Seeking a Brighter Smile? Consider Teeth Whitening
Like many people, you probably long for a white, sparkling, and youthful smile. Fortunately, you have options if your smile has been dulled by discoloration. Teeth whitening at our Statesboro, GA, practice can erase stains that result from darkly colored foods, drinks, and other factors. We provide a variety of teeth whitening options to fit our patients' needs, and are committed to helping them achieve their goals. Whether you are looking for immediate results through our in-office treatment, or are interested in whitening strips, our doctors can help you achieve the smile of your dreams. Contact Dr. McGibony & Associates today to find out which type of teeth whitening treatment is right for you.
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Understanding Dental Stains
There are two types of tooth discoloration: intrinsic and extrinsic. Intrinsic stains are located inside the tooth, and are often the result of medications, trauma, or certain health conditions. Unfortunately, teeth whitening typically cannot address this type of discoloration. However, we will be happy to recommend another cosmetic treatment, such as veneers or dental bonding, which may be better suited to your needs.
Extrinsic stains are located on the outside of your dental enamel. Teeth whitening is an excellent way to address this type of discoloration. These stains most frequently appear because of food and drink. Dark-colored foods contain pigmented molecules called chromogens. With routine consumption, these molecules will adhere to your teeth. Extrinsic stains can also result from smoking, age, and genetics.
Our Teeth Whitening Options
We offer several different options to reduce extrinsic stains. At your consultation, we will discuss your goals, budget, and schedule to determine which treatment is right for you. Your choices include:
Philips Zoom!® In-office Whitening
Zoom!® is one of our most popular whitening options. Your dentist or hygienist will cover your teeth in a whitening gel, activating the material with a specially designed dental lamp. The entire treatment takes about an hour, after which your smile will be up to eight shades lighter.
Philips NiteWhite® Take-home Trays
If you are on a budget or want to whiten on your own time, NiteWhite® may be the best option. Dr. McGibony or one of his team members will provide custom-made trays. You will fill the trays with whitening gel and wear them at night to erase stains while you sleep. After 10 to 12 days, you could enjoy results that are comparable to in-office Zoom!® whitening.
Sinsational Smile® In-office/At-home Combination
If you choose Sinsational Smile® through Patterson Dental, we will perform a 30-minute in-office treatment. However, you will also receive take-home trays, which you should wear for about 20 minutes a day until the desired results are achieved. A take-home whitening pen will allow you to perform routine touch-ups.
Sheer White!™ Whitening Strips
Sheer White!™ strips are longer and wider than other whitening strips, and they have a stronger adhesive. Although the results will not be as dramatic as with professional in-office treatment, whitening strips can be a great choice if you are watching your budget closely.
Preserving Your Whiter Smile
No matter which type of whitening treatment you choose, our team will help you maintain your results. It is essential to maintain a good hygiene routine, since this will prevent decay and discoloration. You should also minimize your consumption of stain-causing foods and drinks like red wine, coffee, tea, tomato sauce, and berries. Finally, you may need to undergo routine touch-ups to maintain results. Typically, these treatments are required every six months to a year.
If you opt for at-home treatment, always follow your dentist’s instructions to avoid sensitivity or damage to your enamel. When you follow proper guidelines, teeth whitening is very safe and involves minimal discomfort.
Schedule an Appointment
Schedule a consultation today to learn which type of whitening is right for you. We look forward to giving you the stunning smile you desire.