A color-rich diet, tobacco use, and even the natural aging process can make your teeth look yellow, dull, or stained. With professional teeth whitening, a brighter smile is more affordable and accessible than you may think. Dr. Albert Johnston uses the Opalescence® teeth whitening system at our Anderson, OH, office. This trusted brand allows patients to safely and comfortably brighten their smiles in a single visit. If you prefer to undergo treatment in the comfort of your own home, Dr. Johnston can also prepare a custom whitening kit for you.
Why Choose Professional Whitening?
While over-the-counter whitening toothpastes, rinses, and strips have increased in popularity, professional teeth whitening remains the most effective, predictable way to address stains and discoloration. A study by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) found that professional whitening is the best option for patients with severe or complex stains, which are unlikely to respond well to store-bought treatments. A dentist is also equipped with the tools to reduce your risk of gum irritation and sensitivity following treatment.
Professional teeth whitening remains the most effective, predictable way to address stains and discoloration.
The Opalescence system uses a patented formula containing potassium nitrate and fluoride to more effectively whiten your teeth than over-the-counter alternatives. The formula is highly effective on its own and does not require the use of a bright light to activate the gel. Additionally, studies have shown that the use of a light activator does not improve the performance or results of in-office whitening.
Is Whitening Right for You?
Candidates for teeth whitening should:
- Be free of gum disease
- Have no decay or cavities
- Not be pregnant
- Have healthy enamel
It is important to maintain realistic expectations about the results of whitening. Most notably, bleaching cannot lift intrinsic stains. In cases of internal discoloration, dental bonding, porcelain veneers, or dental crowns may be a better option for you. To maximize the results of your procedure, you should also be committed to a healthy diet which minimizes darkly colored foods and drinks and avoid tobacco products after whitening.
The In-Office Whitening Process
Unlike many other dentists, Dr. Johnston performs every treatment, including whitening, himself. After your teeth have been professionally cleaned, the patented Opalescence whitening formula will be carefully applied to the surface of your teeth. The formula is sticky and thick to ensure every crevice is consistently covered. Then the ingredients in the whitening gel will break apart dark deposits in the enamel. Your appointment time will depend on the severity of your condition and your desired results.