Teeth Whitening in Wilmington, NC

Professional Teeth Whitening at the Dentist

Gain confidence from a brighter, whiter smile. Professional teeth whitening services at Mayfaire Family Dentistry in Wilmington, North Carolina are safe and effective. Brighten up your yellowed or discolored teeth, and smile wider knowing you look amazing!

When you come to Mayfaire Family Dentistry for in-office teeth whitening services, you are experiencing one of the most popular and affordable cosmetic procedures used to enhance the look of your teeth. Keep reading to learn more about this procedure and how it can benefit you.

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Stained and Discolored Teeth

There are different reasons why your teeth change in color over time:

  • Dark-colored drinks, such as coffee, tea, and red wine, are some of the main culprits of stained teeth. 
  • Tobacco and certain medications may also discolor your teeth. 
  • Teeth that have gone through trauma sometimes darken in color. 
  • Older teeth that are worn down have less of the white enamel on them, causing the yellowish dentin to show through. 

Who Can Benefit from Professional Teeth Whitening?

Wondering if you’re a good candidate for dental whitening services? People who can benefit from professional teeth whitening services include:

  • Those with yellow stains on their teeth
  • People who do not suffer from sensitive teeth. The procedure may cause heightened sensitivity on teeth and gums.
  • Younger people. In general, cosmetic teeth whitening procedures are more effective on younger adults than on older adults.
  • People who do not have tooth restorations designed to match their current tooth color. The restorations will not change color during the procedure, which results in multi-colored teeth.
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How is In-Office Teeth Whitening Different from At-Home Kits?

The basic difference between a professional in-office teeth whitening procedure and the whitening kits you can buy at the store is the strength of the whitening gel. Under the supervision of a dentist, the gel can be at a much higher concentration, yielding better results faster. In fact, one appointment at the dentist yields results that are equal to several weeks of using the at-home kit. Plus, when you’re at the dentist, you can be absolutely certain you’re getting the procedure done correctly. 

Cosmetic Teeth Whitening Procedure

First, you’ll have an initial examination. Your dentist will check out your teeth and tell you if a professional teeth whitening procedure is right for you.

At the appointment of the whitening procedure, you’ll have your mouth propped open with a lip retractor. Your gums will be protected with a rubber dam, and a protectant gel will be applied to your lips and cheeks.

The dentist or hygienist will paint the whitening gel on your teeth. Then, they will point a special light or laser onto the gel to activate it. You will sit under this light for approximately 20 minutes. Then, the gel is removed from your teeth, and a new coating will be painted on for another round of whitening. Depending on your desired shade of white, you may go through three or four rounds of whitening.

Is Teeth Whitening the Same as Teeth Bleaching?

Technically, no, they are not the same thing. Toothpastes and mouthwashes that remove stains to restore your teeth’s natural color are a teeth whitening procedure. Products that whiten teeth beyond their natural color belong in the teeth bleaching category. The gel that is used in professional teeth whitening procedures are actually bleaching gels. However, professionals still refer to this process as teeth whitening

Teeth Whitening Cost

You can expect to pay $500 or more for an in-office teeth whitening procedure. Talk to your dentist for a specific price for your treatment. 

Teeth Whitening at Mayfaire Family Dentistry

Mayfaire Family Dentistry is an excellent place to receive professional teeth whitening treatments! We hope you find our services comfortable and effective. If you would like to schedule an appointment to discuss teeth whitening, please contact us.