Life is full of big moments – moments when you’ll want to look and feel your best. Perhaps you’re about to walk down the aisle to your “happily ever after”? Maybe you have an interview coming up for the big job of your dreams? But maybe you’re self-conscious and embarrassed about smiling because your smile isn’t so pearly or white anymore.
If your smile needs a refresh to boost your confidence, professional teeth whitening treatments might be just what you need to feel your best and smile your best! If you are in the New Bern, NC area and are considering professional teeth whitening, Dr. J. Stephen Hoard and his team can help.
How Do Teeth Get Discolored?
Even if you’ve regularly cared for your teeth by brushing and flossing as recommended by your dentist, discoloration of your tooth enamel will still occur naturally over time. This staining can also be increased by factors such as smoking or chewing tobacco or daily drinking of coffee, tea, cola or red wine. Even using certain prescription medications can cause discoloration as a side effect.
Following your dentist’s recommendation of brushing twice daily and flossing every day can slow the discoloration down and help you keep your smile brighter and healthier for longer. However, even these steps cannot reverse this process.
New Bern, NC dentist Dr. Hoard offers his patients the option of both in-office or at-home teeth whitening. Both treatments can remove years’ worth of stains and restore a fresher, more youthful appearance for your teeth. A cleaner, whiter smile can boost your sense of confidence and help you feel ready to take on whatever challenge you may be facing.
In-Office Teeth Whitening
Our fastest method of teeth whitening is the in-office procedure. Treatment takes a little over an hour and can produce results up to ten shades lighter. Results will depend on the source and severity of the stains on the patient’s teeth, with certain types being more difficult to erase completely. Dr. Hoard will discuss expected results prior to your treatment during your consultation.
The process of in-office teeth whitening usually begins with setting up a protective barrier for your gums. Next, we brush onto your teeth a layer of maximum strength bleaching gel and activate the ingredients with a special no-heat lamp. This procedure may need to be repeated several times until you achieve your desired shade.
At-Home Teeth Whitening Kit
Our most convenient method for whitening your tooth enamel is at-home tray whitening kits. This method utilizes custom-fitted trays that Dr. Hoard creates in the office and maximum strength bleaching gel. The at-home kit will provide results far superior to over the counter options such as whitening strips and toothpastes that you may have seen your local drugstore selling.
At home, you will fill the trays with bleaching gel and fit them over your teeth for the prescribed amount of time daily, often 3-4 hours or overnight while you sleep. The bleaching gel will remove stains and, because it contains fluoride, also reduce sensitivity and strengthen your tooth enamel. After about a week of regular use, you should notice your teeth beginning to become whiter. All our teeth whitening products are specially formulated to minimize tooth sensitivity and Dr. Hoard carefully supervises teeth whitening treatments.
Teeth Whitening in New Bern, NC
To discuss which teeth whitening treatment would work best for your dental hygiene goals, schedule an appointment with Dr. Hoard in New Bern, NC by calling (252) 507-0373 or request an appointment online.