Teeth Whitening An Overview
Teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dental treatments, providing a quick, painless and economical smile makeover – in about an hour! Teeth whitening is an easy way to restore the confidence and youthfulness of your smile.
At Proud Smiles in Sandy Springs, Dr. Paulen offers three convenient options for teeth whitening: in-office Boost teeth whitening, an at-home custom whitening kit, and KoR intensive at home, or in-office deep whitening. Each offers results far superior to over-the-counter options with the added benefit of enamel protection and reduced sensitivity.
Teeth naturally darken with age, but there are common lifestyle factors that can stain and change the color of the teeth over time:
- Red wine
- Tobacco use and smoking
- Some medications
Professional Teeth Whitening vs Over-the-Counter
Stores offer many types of products that claim to whiten teeth. It may be tempting to try these products however you are most likely wasting your money and some products may not be safe. For the best teeth whitening results, its best to let a professional whiten your teeth. Store bought whitening tooth pastes, strips, and gels can takes months or sometimes longer to see results, if any at all. And that is if you apply them correctly and use them the right way. It is much safer and more effective to visit your dentist for teeth whitening. They can customize the treatment to meet your unique needs and make sure you are safe during treatment. A common side effect with teeth whitening is tooth sensitivity. Professional teeth whitening not only maximizes results but also takes the steps to reduce sensitivity.
Teeth Whitening What to Expect
KOR Whitening System
Dr. Paulen is proud to offer the KoR deep whitening system, which is available as both an in-office and take-home option. KoR teeth whitening can remove stains and has a variety of added benefits:
- Beautiful, healthy, and Hollywood white result
- Effective even on Tetracycline-stained (dark) teeth
- Low to No sensitivity
- Comfortable, easy process
- Permanent results – white teeth for your lifetime
- Entirely safe for teeth and gums
Perfect for ages 14 – 90, the KoR teeth whitening system will gradually brighten your smile and restore a more youthful appearance.
Boost Teeth Whitening
Opalescence Boost in-office teeth whitening can brighten your smile up to eight shades lighter in approximately one hour. After cleaning the teeth, Dr. Paulen will apply the professional whitening gel to your teeth.
In just one hour your smile will be whiter, brighter, and more beautiful. Boost whitening is specially formulated to help protect your smile. Professional whitening applications reduce the risk of developing tooth sensitivity or soft tissue damage.
Maintaining your Results
To maintain the results of your teeth whitening, avoid the use of tobacco, dark foods, and dark beverages. Good oral hygiene and the occasional touch-up at Proud Smiles can help your treatment to last for a year or more, with KoR deep bleaching providing permanent results with proper maintenance.
Other Cosmetic Whitening Options
There are some teeth stains that simply will not respond to professional teeth whitening. Certain medications, medical conditions, trauma, or genetics can cause stains that are permanent. In these cases, Dr. Paulen will recommend other cosmetic whitening options. These include tooth bonding, dental crowns, or dental veneers to cover up those types of stains.