A quick and easy way to rejuvenate the smile is with teeth whitening. Teeth whitening is no secret to the public—in fact, the local drugstores have complete aisles dedicated to oral care and whitening products. Trays, strips, and toothpastes are all readily available and promise to whiten the teeth, but how reliable are they? Many patients who have attempted to brighten their smile with these products find that they fall short in providing seriously reliable results, and this is when many Charlotte area patients will visit with a professional dental team to discuss the advantages of having professional teeth whitening completed.
Dr. Carl McMillan reviews with patients the advantages of having a professional complete teeth whitening service. At the Cary and Cornelius Holistic Dental Centers, we want to encourage patients to discontinue use of these over-the-counter solutions and use something that truly does work: our take-home whitening trays.
The whitening tray kits available at our practice are much more effective than those in the stores. First off, the trays are custom-made for the patient. Patients come into our practice to have their dental trays fitted using impressions in the dental office. This ensures precise fit and application of the whitening gels. Then, we supply our patients with higher concentration whitening gel to use in the trays and wear for a specific period of time every day. This allows achievement of gradual results and dramatic improvement in the brightness of the smile.
Our team does not encourage patients to visit dental practices that use in-office power bleaching. This is not because the gels are toxic, but because these whitening services do not give you the same long-term advantages as tray bleaching. The results are not lasting and many patients end up paying a lot of money to have the procedure done again and again to maintain the results. Results from tray whitening last longer, and patients can continue to obtain whitening gel through our practice to maintain their new appearance for many years to come. It is highly recommended for patients who are serious about achieving a whiter smile and doing so for an extended period of time and not just for an upcoming event.