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FAQ: Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is a quick way to achieve a brighter younger looking smile. Yellowed and discolored teeth are a common dental cosmetic concern that we treat at our Chapel Hill dentist office. A safe, effective and routine cosmetic dental procedure, teeth whitening can offer patients an enhanced, beautiful smile.

Professional Teeth Whitening Vs. Over the Counter Teeth Whitening

The market is saturated with over the counter options for teeth whitening. These products may provide some noticeable whitening. Professional whitening treatment is recommended for safe and quick acting results. Dr. James Furgurson offers teeth whitening systems that can be used at home, or performed in the comfort of our Chapel Hill dentist office. Ask our Chapel Hill dental care team about Zoom Whitening and Opalescence whitening. Dr. Furgurson will help you choose what teeth whitening treatment will support your oral health and meet your cosmetic goals.

Side Effects Of Teeth Whitening

Professional tooth whitening is proven to be a safe and effective cosmetic dentistry procedure. There are minimal side effects and most patients report that tooth whitening is painless and suffer from no side effects. Tooth sensitivity is the most commonly reported side effect of tooth whitening. Dr. Furgurson is highly skilled and experienced at all tooth whitening procedures.


As with all dental procedures results are dependent on the unique dental health of each patient. Most patients can expect professional whitening to last six months to a year. Touch-up treatments are available to help maintain your whitest smile. Regular dentist visits, a consistent oral hygiene routine, and avoiding smoking and beverages like coffee and red wine will help maintain your whitening procedure results.

Some tooth discoloration is caused by damage to the tooth and may be resistant to traditional tooth whitening procedures. Dr. Furgurson offers cosmetic bonding, dental crowns and porcelain veneers as an alternative to whitening in his Chapel Hill dentist office. These options can offer lasting results.

The Cost of Cosmetic Whitening

Total cost of your personalized whitening treatment will depend on many factors. Dr. Furgurson will outline your costs depending on your cosmetic goals. Prices range from $250-$500 dollars.