We know that our patients want their smiles to be attractive. This is why we offer teeth whitening at our offices in Cary and Cornelius. Teeth whitening is one of the most frequently requested cosmetic procedures available today. With the use of our at-home whitening trays, your teeth can be up lightened to eight shades, improving the aesthetics of your smile.
The first step toward a dazzling smile is comprehensive dental exam from Dr. Carl McMillan. The doctor will be looking for potential problems such as cavities or gum disease that may need treatment prior the having your teeth whitened. Depending on how long it has been since your last professional cleaning, it may be recommended that you have this done prior to teeth whitening. The next step would be taking impressions of both your upper and lower teeth. The dental lab will use these to create custom whitening trays. Once your trays are ready, you will return to our office to receive the trays, whitening gel, and instructions. We can answer any questions you have regarding the whitening treatment.
Teeth whitening is not a permanent solution, over time, your teeth can discolor, and a touchup procedure will be necessary. With proper care, your smile can stay brilliant for a very long time. Tobacco is one of the biggest factors in discolored teeth. While tobacco damages the aesthetics of your smile, it also damages your health. This is why we offer a program to help our patients stop smoking.
Some of the other common foods and drinks that can rapidly stain your teeth include:
A good rule to remember is that if it will stain your fingers or tongue it will stain your teeth. You do not have to forgo all of your favorites forever, just use moderation, and with liquids, use a straw. This minimizes the contact the liquid has with your front teeth reducing its ability to stain.