Chapel Hill cosmetic dentist Dr. James Furgurson and his associates at Chapel Hill Family and Cosmetic Dentistry offer two types of professional teeth whitening: in-office and at-home whitening trays. Both options can provide results that are superior to over the counter options and with the guidance of your dentist, can be safely administered with lasting results.
We use KOR Whitening and Opalescence Teeth Whitening products. Both brands are leaders in professional teeth whitening, easy to use and deliver brilliant results. Your Chapel Hill dentist can help you decide if in-office bleaching, take-home trays or a combination of the two are best for you and your specific cosmetic goals.
KOR Teeth Whitening
The KOR whitening process is comprehensive and involves multiple steps, so it may not be for everyone. Dr. Furgurson will assess your teeth to determine if you are a good candidate for treatment.
The first step of KOR treatment involves two weeks of tooth whitening at home with whitening trays. These trays are filled with a bleaching gel. The trays should cover teeth for 6 to 10 hours of overnight teeth whitening. The whitening gels used in the trays are refrigerated to ensure their active ingredients stay effective when fighting enamel stains. As an added benefit, the trays also seal out saliva, which can destroy peroxide, one of the active ingredients found in most tooth whitening gels.
After the first two weeks, at-home tooth whitening continues with one added in-office treatment. One month into treatment, three to four weeks of continuing at-home treatment will begin with multiple in-office sessions. The last six to eight weeks involve in-office and at-home treatment.
This may seem like a long treatment process, but millions of patients globally have found that the KOR teeth whitening method minimizes tooth sensitivity while providing brilliant results.
Opalescence Teeth Whitening
Opalescence tooth whitening gel is specially formulated with potassium nitrate and fluoride to reduce tooth sensitivity and strengthen enamel. This helps to not only improve the beauty of your smile but the health as well!
How It Works
The active ingredient in Opalescence whitening gel is either carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide (depending on the treatment selected). As oxygen molecules from the whitening agents penetrate the tooth enamel, they spread, breaking apart stains and whitening the entire tooth.
Before & After
(*Results may vary; images courtesy of Opalescence)
Teeth Whitening FAQS
How does professional teeth whitening compare to over the counter options?
There are many over the counter options for teeth whitening including whitening toothpaste, whitening strips, and gels. For patients who want the best results, professional treatment is still the best choice. Dr. Furgurson offers teeth whitening systems with custom-fit trays to ensure even whitening of the teeth. In addition, our products are specially formulated to reduce tooth sensitivity, a common side effect of whitening.
How much does teeth whitening cost?
Teeth whitening is one of the most affordable cosmetic dentistry treatments available. The cost of your whitening treatment will depend on the type of whitening you choose and your desired outcome. Refills for touch up treatment may be an additional cost. Contact our office for more specific details.
Will teeth whitening make my teeth more sensitive?
One of the more common side effects of teeth whitening is tooth sensitivity. Dr. Furgurson and Dr. White carefully supervise teeth whitening treatments to ensure minimal side effects. The products we use are specially formulated to virtually eliminate sensitivity.
How long does teeth whitening last?
The results of teeth whitening will vary based on each individual. Most patients can expect whitening to last six months to a year. Touch-up treatment every four to six months can help extend the results of your treatment. Visiting the dentist regularly and avoiding smoking and dark foods will also help to keep your teeth white and bright for years to come.