Teeth Whitening Specialist

Valerie M. Preston, DDS, PA -  - Dentist

VP Dental

Valerie M. Preston, DDS, PA

Dentist located in Raleigh, NC

After years of coffee, tea, wine, and other teeth-staining foods, you may feel your smile is less than brilliant. At VP Dental in Raleigh, NC, Valerie M. Preston, DDS, PA, and her team offer professional teeth whitening to boost your confidence and brighten your smile. Contact the office today, or schedule an appointment online to learn more about whitening services.

Teeth Whitening Q & A

How does teeth whitening work?

You can achieve a whiter, brighter smile using a few different teeth whitening techniques offered at VP Dental. Both techniques are safe, preserving your tooth enamel while removing even deep stains.

The first whitening technique you can use is in-office professional whitening. Dr. Preston or a member of her experienced team applies whitening chemicals to your teeth. They may also use UV light to enhance the power of the chemicals.

Professional, in-office treatment can offer fast results, brightening your teeth by up to seven shades in just an hour. It may be a great option for you if you need results fast.

The second whitening technique involves using chemicals at home. Both options are safe and comfortable, but at-home treatment can take a couple of weeks for optimal results.

If you choose at-home treatment, Dr. Preston takes an impression of your teeth. This impression is used to create a custom whitening tray that fits your teeth perfectly. It may take a few days for you to receive your tray.

Once you receive your tray, Dr. Preston gives you a bleaching agent to place in the tray. You need to wear the tray for two to three hours per day to see results. Though you may start seeing results within a few days, you may need to wear the tray for a week or two to get optimal results.

While you wear the tray, you will feel the bleaching agent bubbling, a sign it is removing stains. Unlike over-the-counter bleaching products, this agent doesn’t harm your enamel and can be used with fillings. You should not experience sensitivity as a result of whitening.

Am I a candidate for teeth whitening?

If you feel your smile is yellowed or off-color, you can use teeth whitening to achieve a more dazzling grin. Both at-home and in-office teeth whitening are safe.

However, if you have severe discoloration, even these strong bleaching agents may not be enough. You may need crowns or veneers to brighten your teeth instead.

How can I maintain white teeth?

Now that you have a dazzling smile, you need to maintain it with proper oral hygiene. You should:

  • Brush your teeth at least twice per day
  • Floss at least once per day
  • See your dentist twice per year for cleanings
  • Avoid foods that stain teeth like coffee, tea, or red wine
  • Quit smoking

You can also schedule maintenance whitening appointments or use your at-home bleaching agent occasionally to maintain your results.

Enjoy a brighter, whiter smile. Contact the office today, or book an appointment online for your teeth whitening consultation.