Teeth Whitening Sandy Springs, GA

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. Patel 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.

What Causes Tooth Discoloration?

Teeth discolor because of a variety of different things. Some we have no control over. Genetics means that you may be naturally disposed to having teeth that are more off-white than others. If you injure your tooth due to trauma or a hit, the nerves and pulp inside your tooth can die. It’ll have a gray appearance if this happens.

Our lifestyle and eating habits play a big part in tooth discoloration. If you’re a smoker or frequently drink things like coffee or dark colas, they discolor your teeth over time. The more you do these things, the more discolored your teeth become. Even if you whiten them, they’re more likely to darken again if you continue the behaviors.

As we get older, our teeth naturally darken. We use our teeth daily, so age takes its toll on them. The bright white outer layer, called the enamel, starts to thin, exposing the dentin layer that’s underneath. This is a naturally off-white color, and it starts to be the prominent one that shows when you smile.

Certain medications impact the color of your smile as well. So can taking too much fluoride while your teeth grow and develop as a child. While these stains are harder to take care of, we offer options for any staining you may have on your teeth.

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, it’s best to let a professional whiten your teeth. Store-bought whitening toothpaste, strips, and gels can take months or sometimes longer to see results if any at all.

And that is if you apply them correctly and use them correctly. 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 of teeth whitening is tooth sensitivity. Professional teeth whitening not only maximizes results but also takes steps to reduce sensitivity.

Teeth Whitening What to Expect

KOR Whitening System

Dr. Patel 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. Patel 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 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 permanent stains. In these cases, Dr. Patel will recommend other cosmetic whitening options. These include tooth bonding, dental crowns, or dental veneers to cover those stains.


Teeth Whitening FAQs

How does professional teeth bleaching compare to over-the-counter options?

There are many over-the-counter options for teeth whitening, including whitening toothpaste, whitening strips, and gels. For patients who want the best results, professional treatment is still the best choice. Dr. Paulen offers teeth whitening systems with custom-fit trays to ensure even teeth whitening. In addition, our products are specially formulated to reduce tooth sensitivity, a common side effect of whitening.

How much does teeth whitening cost?

Teeth whitening is one of the most affordable cosmetic dentistry treatments available. The cost of your whitening treatment will depend on the type of whitening you choose and your desired outcome.

In-office whitening costs an average of $500 per treatment, and at home, whitening can range between $250 and $500, depending on the system you choose. Refills for touch-up treatment may be an additional cost. Contact our office for more specific details.

Will bleaching cause my teeth to be more sensitive?

One of the more common side effects of teeth whitening is tooth sensitivity. Dr. Paulen carefully supervises teeth whitening treatments to ensure minimal side effects. The products we use are specially formulated to virtually eliminate sensitivity.

How long does whitening last?

The results of teeth whitening will vary based on each individual. Most patients can expect Zoom teeth whitening to last up to a year or more. Touch-up treatment every four to six months can help extend the results of your treatment. Visiting the dentist regularly and avoiding smoking and dark foods will also help to keep your teeth white and bright.