The team of Holistic Dental Centers in Cornelius and Cary, NC understand how important it is to have a beautiful smile. When teeth are discolored or dull in appearance, patients may experience a lack of confidence in how they look. They may avoid smiling or cover their teeth with their hands when they talk or laugh with others. Instead, Dr. Carl McMillan and his team encourage patients to discuss with him whitening the smile, with professional options.
At Holistic Dental Centers, we know how many options are available on the market today for the treatment of discolored teeth. Many dental offices use professional in-office power bleaching solutions for same day results. However, the results are often short-lived, and many patients experience problems with extreme sensitivity. Dr. Carl McMillan notes that there are several methods of treatment available in local drugstores. Unfortunately, these over-the-counter products fall short of providing much in terms of noticeable results and are made in much weaker formulas than professional products. Instead, he encourages patients to learn about his take-home whitening kits. These include custom plastic trays for the top and bottom arches that are made using impressions of the patient’s natural smile. Patients use the trays at home, wearing them for a specified period of time each day with professional-strength whitening gel. The results are gradual, but natural and noticeable.
There are many advantages for patients to consider with the option of take-home whitening trays. Dr. Carl McMillan and his team will cover many of these when patients consult with them in their practice. Take-home whitening kits are:
Many patients want to whiten their smile. However, not everyone is considered a viable candidate for these procedures. Whitening the teeth is a treatment that works well on the natural tooth enamel. For patients who have restorations in their smile, such as dental crowns, bridges, or porcelain veneers, this can be a problem. These are often fabricated to match the smile’s natural color. When a patient with these restorations whitens their teeth, the restorations then no longer match the smile and appear much darker. This is because the ceramic used to fabricate these will not respond to the bleaching gels. If patients are serious about whitening the smile and keeping the results maintained, they may want to ask about replacing their restorations to match their new smile. Our team of professionals can give patients a quote for overall cost if they decide to do this. This allows the patient to brighten the smile while replacing the restorations to match.
Most patients will see noticeable results after whitening for about a week, and they can continue to whiten the teeth until they reach their desired shade. Patients can then use the whitening products regularly to touch up the whitening results or to maintain the look they have achieved. Patients can obtain more whitening gel when necessary through Dr. Carl McMillan by booking an appointment with his team. During this time, the dentist can address any concerns patients may have while providing cleanings and a full examination during the six-month checkup.
Take-home whitening trays through Holistic Dental Centers are more expensive than over-the-counter products, but this is because they provide more amazing results using professional-strength gels not available at any local stores. Additionally, the trays are custom-made for each individual patient for optimum whitening. However, these trays are less expensive than the in-office power bleaching treatments.
At Holistic Dental Centers in Cary, NC, patients have the ability to enhance their smiles with professional-grade whitening solutions for the teeth. Dr. Carl McMillan will walk patients through the process. Contact the team today by calling (919) 865-0700 and scheduling a visit at our practice at 1110 SE Cary Parkway Suite #206. We also have another convenient location in Cornelius, North Carolina.