At the practice of Dr. Steven L. Hatcher, patients in the area of Greensboro, NC can enjoy quality, comprehensive care with our team. This includes cosmetic treatments that have become increasingly popular, such as teeth whitening services. Professional treatments using highly concentrated ingredients provide faster, longer-lasting results and are in high demand when compared to over-the-counter whitening products.
Dr. Steven L. Hatcher utilizes in-office power bleaching for patients ready to brighten their smile. The professional grade whitening is incredibly desirable as it offers patients the chance to add brilliance and beauty to the smile in just one appointment. Unlike other whitening products which can take weeks to achieve results, the professional grade whitening provides these same results in approximately one hour. The process is completed in our office and is monitored throughout by our dental hygienists for safety and effectiveness.
The professional whitening process starts with an evaluation to determine if patients are candidates for treatment. This will include an examination. Patients who have restorations such as porcelain veneers, dental crowns, inlays or onlays may not be deemed appropriate for whitening services unless they intend to replace these porcelain repairs. This is because the whitening treatment does not affect the porcelain and can cause the restorations to look discolored following whitening services. Once patients have opted to move forward with professional whitening treatments, the dental hygienists will perform a thorough cleaning of the teeth. This removes plaque and tartar, which may keep the whitening gel from doing its job. After the teeth have been cleaned, a barrier gel is applied to the gum tissues to keep the gel from burning. This is one of many steps taken to ensure safety. Once the barrier gel is applied, the special professional whitening gel is applied to the surfaces of the teeth. This gel is a high concentration of bleaching ingredients that is activated once the dentist places the light over the smile. Patients rest in the treatment chair as the light activates the bleaching gel, which then lifts stains from deep within the enamel. After approximately 45 minutes, the teeth are cleaned again, and patients can leave the office with their newly brilliant smile!
Many patients who visit the practice of Dr. Steven L. Hatcher are interested in services that can provide them with the results they truly desire. While there are many whitening products available in the local drugstores, such as whitening pens, strips, toothpastes, and trays, these are made at a much lower concentration of active ingredients than those available through a dentist. Because of this, they rarely provide the results patients are looking for. Additionally, patients who use these may experience extreme sensitivity of the teeth and gums if not used appropriately. Professional whitening performed in a dental office is monitored by our dental team from start to finish to ensure it is safe and the results are as desired. It is also a wise investment for patients who may have been throwing their money away on over-the-counter treatments that continually fail to work.
For 24 hours after whitening, patients should avoid staining foods and beverages, as well as smoking, which can stain the teeth quickly. Patients should use a whitening toothpaste and continue to see their dentist regularly to maintain the results in the way they desire.
If you live in the area of Greensboro, NC and are ready to work with a dentist who provides comprehensive care including professional teeth whitening services, we welcome you to the practice. Located at 2516-A Oakcrest Avenue, our dentists work closely with patients in our practice to provide solutions to improve the health and beauty of the smile. Call our office to book an appointment at (336) 383-1482 and find out how we can enhance your smile!