Teeth Whitening in St. Marys
Our individualized approach to rejuvenating your smile
Your smile is often the first thing others notice about you, and we’d like to help you feel confident when smiling. At Parker & Pennington Dentistry, we provide individualized options for any procedure we offer. Factors that influence our recommendations for teeth whitening procedures include the results that you would like to achieve balanced with procedures you can tolerate (due to sensitivity).
Why choose a professional for whitening?
There are many over-the-counter (OTC) options for teeth whitening available at your local drugstore or market. However, these bleaching options are not as strong as professional solutions and cannot penetrate as deeply into the enamel to break apart stubborn stains.
While generally effective at removing most of the stains on the surface of teeth, OTC formulas are rarely able to reach the stains between the micro cracks in tooth enamel and in the layer of dentin underneath.
Being guided by a professional when using a bleaching product can also help reduce any sensitivity that you may experience, and you will receive a customized approach to teeth whitening that fits your specific needs.
Darker stains, such as those caused by tetracycline, need to be treated repeatedly, or if tolerated, with stronger bleaching solutions. We take all aspects into consideration to recommend the best option for you.
Why do teeth darken?
As we age, the outer layer of enamel on our teeth wears down, and the naturally yellow color of the dentin underneath begins to show through. In addition to simply aging, tobacco use, certain medications and foods, and drinks such as coffee, tea and colas can cause teeth to become stained or discolored.
For whitening in-office, we provide Philips ZOOM and Opalescence®. For whitening at home, we offer a different form of Opalescence and SPRAYWHITE 90®.
In-office Teeth Whitening with Philip’s ZOOM
In just 45 short minutes, you can have a smile that is up to eight shades lighter with the ZOOM teeth whitening system. We provide this whitening procedure in our office, ensuring that you get great results without discomfort or sensitivity to teeth and gums.
ZOOM uses a proprietary hydrogen peroxide gel in conjunction with a special light that helps accelerate the process. During the procedure, you can lean back and relax in our comfy dental chairs, watch television or listen to music.
Teeth Whitening at home
Opalescence contains an active whitening ingredient that penetrates your enamel to get to the discolored molecules. Oxygen molecules from the whitening agents react with the discolored molecules in your teeth, breaking the bonds that hold them together. The oxygen molecules spread, whitening the entire tooth.
The Opalescence take-home whitening system is only available through a licensed dental professional. The gel is available in four different concentrations and three flavors. Higher gel concentrations allow for less time wearing trays, and at a 35% concentration, trays are worn for as little as 30 minutes per day. Trays may be worn either during the day or night, and your doctor will help you choose which concentration will work best for your specific needs.
The bleaching trays are customized from an impression of your mouth, ensuring a snug fit and more effective treatment. You’ll see results after the first session, and after one week you’ll really notice a difference.
Clinically proven to whiten teeth several shades in one 90-second application, SPRAYWHITE 90 is an innovative spray application from Carson Labs. This fast and effective at-home whitening method eliminates the need for messy trays or strips.
When used as directed, there is little or no sensitivity to teeth and gums. SPRAYWHITE 90 also kills oral bacteria, thereby improving gum health. The system can be customized to fit individual needs through adjustments to dosage and application time. Our doctors can also provide a stronger concentration for more effective results.
Simply insert the mouthpiece, hold it in place with teeth and lips, spray whitening solution on the front of the teeth and swish for 90 seconds. Follow with WOW Enhancing Rinse for an additional 90 seconds. Once you have achieved the desired results, your newly brightened smile can be kept fresh with 90 Second Maintenance Spray and WOW Enhancing Rinse.
To make an appointment, call 912-297-6659 or click here to request an appointment online.