Restore Your Teeth’s Shine
Even if you’ve never missed a dental checkup and have impeccable oral health, your teeth naturally become discolored over time. When this happens, you may find it difficult to smile with confidence or feel as if your social life is suffering. While several factors may cause your teeth to become yellowed or discolored, including certain foods and beverages, genetics play an important role as well. Fortunately, Dr. Brown and Dr. Baran offer both in-office teeth whitening as well as take-home KöR® whitening kits for patients who want a brighter smile.
Our professional teeth whitening services are guaranteed to brighten your smile in just one appointment. Explore our guide to learn how you can benefit. We proudly serve people who live in the Pike Creek, Marshallton, and Stanton areas.
What Is Teeth Whitening?
Professional teeth whitening service is designed to brighten your smile by several shades in just one appointment at either our Wilmington or Seaford office. The treatment uses a concentrated whitening gel that’s able to break year-old stains below the enamel. Unlike over-the-counter whitening kits, our teeth whitening is designed with your oral health needs in mind to safely and effectively renew your natural smile.
Benefits of Teeth Whitening
There’s nothing better than being able to show off your smile. Professional teeth whitening not only brightens your pearly whites, but offers several other benefits including:
- Instant results in just one appointment
- Quick and painless procedure
- No anesthesia or numbing needed
- Boost in self-esteem and appearance
- Removes deep, year-old stains
- Superior whitening over store-bought kits
The Teeth Whitening Process
Our teeth whitening process involved applying a peroxide solution directly to the enamel to bleach your teeth. Your dentist will recommend either in-office treatment or take-home whitening depending on your case. While over-the-counter options are a popular alternative, the weaker solution can make it difficult to achieve the desired results.
Your Treatment Options
During in-office whitening treatment, your dentist will clean your teeth and place a protective barrier over your gums. This will prevent the gel from irritating the soft tissue. Next, the peroxide solution will be applied carefully over your teeth and allowed to sit for 15 minutes. A lamp may be applied and the process is repeated until we achieve your desired results. This whitening option allows patients to achieve dramatic results in one appointment.
KöR® Take-Home Whitening Kits
If you decide on KöR® take-home whitening kits, your dentist will take impressions of your teeth to create custom-fitting trays. These trays will be filed with a gel and worn during a period of several days to two weeks to get the results you want. Our take-home teeth whitening kits can be used on your own schedule and benefit patients with sensitive teeth. Lastly, our take-home treatments are generally more cost-effective than in-office whitening.
Determining Your Candidacy
Teeth are made of an inner layer known as dentin, and a hard outer layer called the enamel. When you consume highly pigmented food or drinks, these can stain your enamel. Although this discoloration is harmless, some patients feel it detracts from their appearance.
Teeth whitening is a safe procedure, but it’s not suitable for everyone. This includes:
- Children under 16
- Pregnant or nursing women
- Patients with gum disease, worn enamel, tooth damage, or decay
- Staining as a result of certain antibiotics, including tetracycline
- Patients who are allergic to peroxide
Frequently Asked Questions
Is teeth whitening treatment safe?
Our teeth whitening services are both effective and safe. The peroxide solution that’s used doesn’t harm your teeth or the inner pulp. Teeth whitening is also effective for patients who even have restorations like dental crowns or porcelain veneers. That way, you won’t have to worry about your other fixtures getting damaged during treatment.
Can I permanently whiten my natural teeth?
While it’s not possible to protect your teeth again future stains, there are lifestyle changes you can adopt to make your whitening treatment last longer such as:
- Brushing your teeth at least twice a day
- Flossing daily and after meals
- Avoiding foods and beverages that stain your teeth
- Cutting out smoking or tobacco use
Discoloration is a natural process that occurs over time based on numerous factors, including genetics and how you care for your smile. Dr. Brown and Dr. Baran will work with you to develop a plan on how to care for your teeth after your whitening treatment.
Are there any preparations for teeth whitening treatment?
Our Wilmington and Seaford practice recommends that patients who are undergoing whitening treatment avoid acidic foods or beverages for at least 48 hours before their appointment. It’s also important to schedule your procedure after your biannual cleaning so that there’s no buildup of plaque. This will ensure you get the best results out of teeth whitening.
Does insurance cover professional teeth whitening?
Most insurance agencies won’t cover the cost of professional teeth whitening due to the procedure not being considered medically necessary. Still, our practice recommends that you contact your provider to get an accurate understanding of your policy. Our team of dentists, Dr. Brown and Dr. Baran, will also be happy to answer any questions you may have about our teeth whitening treatments.
Brighten Your Smile With Our Teeth Whitening Services
At Brown & Baran Family Dental, our dentists understand that yellow or discolored teeth can make it difficult to be confident in your smile. That’s why we offer in-office and take-home professional teeth whitening treatment to help you achieve a beautiful smile. Your journey to a brighter set of teeth is easier than you think.
Boost your confidence with teeth whitening. Schedule a consultation today by calling our Wilmington office at (302) 231-3100 or our Seaford office at (302) 404-0700. You can also fill out our convenient contact form below. We proudly serve people who reside in Pike Creek, Marshallton, and Stanton areas.