Barrett G. Moore, DDS, PA & Associates – Charlotte NC
Having a beautiful smile may be even easier than you think. Many people achieve the look they have been dreaming of with our simple “bleaching” procedures.
It is safe, quick, and inexpensive. Just let us know at any appointment if you would like to begin bleaching. You can lighten only your upper teeth, or both the upper and lower, depending on how much of each shows when you talk and smile.
In only a day or two, your custom bleach splints will be ready for you to pick up. We provide you with a special bleaching agent that you put into the clear, almost invisible splints. With only a few hours of wear per day, the bleaching agent whitens without altering tooth structure or existing dental work in any way. When your teeth reach the brightness you want, only occasional treatment is needed to maintain your new smile.
Dental bleaching can be used to correct many tooth discolorations. These discolorations may have been caused by staining, aging or chemical damage to teeth. Using the latest in bleaching technology, we can offer a safe method for creating a beautiful “brilliant” smile. In cases of extreme tooth discoloration, crowns or veneers may be the only choice. Although, due to the low cost of bleaching treatments, bleaching is nearly always worth a solid try.
Please call to schedule your tooth whitening appointment with Dr. Moore.
Key Benefits of Teeth Whitening
- Corrects brown, yellow and mottled tooth staining
- Works on people of all ages
- Is a near permanent solution for a “dull” smile, restoring brightness and bringing a smile alive
How does tooth whitening work?
An impression is taken to make a specialized “mouthguard” or “stint” to hold the bleach against the teeth. The material is used every night for about 2-3 hours, for about two weeks, after which significant whitening will occur. In some cases, the change is nothing short of brilliant. For confidence in appearance, bleaching technology offers improvements in yellowing, aging or stained teeth. For very severely stained teeth, crowns or veneers may be more appropriate.
Over-the-counter bleaching agents are available at drug stores and pharmacies. However, since these products can harm the gums and teeth, it is better to use products that our practice recommends.
If you prefer teeth that are immediately whiter right now or you would rather whiten your teeth over a few nights while you sleep, Dr. Moore and Associates has the answer with Opalesence Boost! The Opalesence Boost In-Office Whitening System uses proprietary technology to whiten your teeth an average of eight shades* in a little over an hour while you relax at our office. It is ideal for anyone who wants immediate results.
Strips or paint-on gels are a waste of time. Get your teeth whiter in a fraction of the time with Opalesence Boost!
What is Opalesence Boost tooth whitening?
Opalesence Boost is a bleaching process that lightens discoloration of enamel and dentin.
What can cause tooth discoloration?
There are many causes. The most common include aging and consumption of staining substances such as coffee, tea or tobacco. During tooth formation, consumption of tetracycline, certain antibiotics, or excessive fluoride may also cause tooth discoloration.
Who may benefit from tooth whitening?
Just about anyone can benefit from tooth whitening. However, treatment may not be as effective for some, as it is for others. Upon an oral exam, Dr. Moore and Associates can determine if you are a candidate for this procedure, including a shade assessment.
Is tooth whitening becoming more popular?
Absolutely! A bright, beautiful smile can make a big difference. The Opalesence Boost Whitening System makes it easier and faster than ever before.
Is tooth whitening safe?
Yes, research and clinical studies indicate that whitening teeth under the supervision of a dentist is safe. In fact, many dentists consider whitening the safest cosmetic dental procedure available. As with any tooth whitening product, Opalesence Boost is not recommended for children under 13 years of age and pregnant or lactating women.
Do the results last a long time?
By following some simple post whitening care instructions, your teeth will always be lighter than they were before. We recommend flossing and brushing three times daily. There are professional formulated products designed specifically to keep your teeth their brightest. They are available through our office.
Is there any difference between over-the-counter tooth whiteners and Opalesence Boost?
Yes! Consulting Dr. Moore and Associates is always the first step to whitening your teeth safely. Over-the-counter tooth whitening strips, brush-on gels and toothpastes do not have the strength or stay on your teeth long enough to whiten your smile. Opalesence Boost is clinically proven to whiten your teeth in one hour.
How does the Opalesence Boost In-Office System work?
The active ingredient in Opalesence Boost is hydrogen peroxide. As hydrogen peroxide is broken down, oxygen enters the enamel and dentin, bleaching any colored substance while keeping the structure of the tooth unchanged.
Are there any side effects?
Some people experience temporary increased tooth sensitivity to cold during treatment. These symptoms disappear within 1-3 days after interruption or completion of the treatment.
How long is the procedure?
The entire procedure takes just over one hour. The procedure begins with a preparation period, followed by one hour of bleaching. We recommend a cleaning prior to the actual Whitening session.
How long does Opalesence Take-Home Whitening take?
The Opalesence take-home gel is designed to be worn between two and four hours per application. Dr. Moore and Associates will advise you on how long you should wear each application. A recent study showed that you can achieve an average improvement of six shades* after just three nights of use. Dr. Moore and Associates will help you determine how many applications are right for you.