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Types of Teeth Whitening Treatments

Today, there are several types of over-the-counter teeth whitening treatments available. However, professional teeth whitening at Charleston Center for Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry is a safer and more effective way to brighten your smile. Dr. John F. Rink can explain what you can expect from the types of teeth whitening available at our Charleston, SC, office compared to what you can purchase yourself.  

With professional teeth whitening, your teeth can be several shades lighter.

Causes of Tooth Discoloration

Tooth discoloration is a very common dental issue. You may want to brighten your smile even if you brush and floss daily and get routine dental exams and cleanings. If you use tobacco, be aware that it typically stains your teeth. In addition, certain foods and drinks such as coffee, black tea, soda, tomato sauce, berries, and citrus foods and drinks can lead to unsightly staining.

In-office Treatment

If you are a candidate for in-office teeth whitening treatments, Dr. Rink will whiten your teeth with the Opalescence Boost System. Since the whitening gel can irritate the gums, a protective barrier will be placed to protect the soft tissues of your mouth. Next, Dr. Rink will apply hydrogen peroxide whitening gel to the exposed surfaces of your teeth that need whitening. He will make sure that the gel is applied evenly for natural-looking results. Typically, the gel will remain on your teeth for 15 minutes before being removed and reapplied. Three or four applications are usually sufficient. For most patients, one in-office whitening visit is adequate to obtain satisfactory whitening results, but patients with stubborn stains may need an additional treatment. You may want to have periodic whitening sessions to maintain your dazzling new smile.

At-home Professional Treatment

Dr. Rink can provide you with a custom-made, at-home whitening kit that will allow you to achieve great teeth whitening results in the comfort of your own home. If you are a candidate for at-home whitening, Dr. Rink will first make impressions of your teeth. These impressions will be sent to his dental laboratory so the technicians can make whitening trays that will fit comfortably and securely in your mouth. At home, you will apply the provided whitening gel to the trays and fit the trays over your teeth. You wear the at-home trays for a prescribed amount of time each day, and the entire process takes about two weeks.

Over-the-Counter Treatments

There are many over-the-counter options for teeth whitening. Some of these options provide better results than others. Whitening toothpastes contain a mild abrasive that can whiten teeth up to one shade. Whitening mouthwashes contain small amounts of peroxide, and these rinses are not believed to be very effective as the peroxide only touches the teeth for about one minute.

Whitening strips are thin pieces of plastic coated in peroxide. You attach the strips to the front of your teeth for about 30 minutes per day for two weeks. These strips are reportedly the best over-the-counter whitening method.

The treatment regimen for whitening gels depends on the type and strength of gel that is purchased. Gels can give results similar to whitening strips. Pre-made whitening trays are made to contain whitening gel, but because they are not custom-made for each patient’s mouth, the gel can ooze out and cause gum irritation.

John F. Rink DDS, AAACD

Benefits of Professional Whitening

Professional teeth whitening is one of the fastest, most cost-effective ways to significantly enhance your smile. This improvement can positively affect your self-confidence as well as other people’s perception of you. The procedure is also safe and non-invasive, especially compared to other smile improvement techniques such as dental bonding and porcelain veneers. Over-the-counter options are not as effective as professional teeth whitening and, depending on the product used, they can harm tooth enamel and irritate gums.

Schedule a Consultation

Teeth whitening is a quick way to improve your appearance. To learn more about professional teeth whitening, or any of the other great cosmetic dentistry services we offer, contact our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Rink.

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To Our Family of Patients,

After much thought and concern for the health of our patients and team, I would like to share with you my thoughts on how the Coronavirus outbreak in the United States can best be managed at our practice. The key issue is prevention. Social distancing is the best solution at this time to prevent the spread of the virus.

Therefore, in conjunction with the South Carolina Dental Association recommendations, I have decided to close our normal practice operation with the exception of emergency and urgent care situations, through the end of March, 2020. I will be available for you and your family for emergency and urgent needs. Please call my personal cell phone if you have any questions or if you need an office visit. I am here for you.

After we have weathered this storm, we will be here to see that you continue to have the excellent care that you and your families deserve. We thank you for the trust that you place in our practice. We look forward to a long and healthy relationship in the future.

My cell phone number: 843-224-0517

To Your Good Oral and Systemic Health!

- Dr. John F. Rink, DDS, AAACD

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