A beautiful, radiant smile can help you stand out in a crowd and feel great about yourself. However, your teeth can become stained or yellowed with time due to certain foods, beverages, or habits, detracting from your overall looks and self-confidence.
Though there are several over-the-counter teeth whitening treatments available, none of these options can match the efficacy and safety of an in-office teeth whitening procedure or a dentist-supervised take-home teeth whitening treatment. Dr. Robert Rapisarda offers Rembrandt® in-office teeth whitening treatment at his Barre, MA, and Three Rivers, MA, office locations as well as the KöR in-office and at-home teeth whitening systems. These professional treatments can whiten your teeth by up to ten shades.
Your smile begins to lose its luster with time, but certain factors can cause conspicuous dental discoloration. Extrinsic stains, or stains on the enamel of the teeth, can be caused by consuming red wine, tea, coffee, cola, berries, and more. The other main cause of discoloration is habitual tobacco use.
The results of a dentist-administered or dentist-supervised teeth whitening treatment can differ vastly from other store bought options.
Intrinsic stains affect the dentin or the inner structure of the tooth. Most teeth-whitening treatments can only address extrinsic stains. However, KöR® Deep Bleaching™ can address intrinsic stains such as those caused by tetracycline use. This type of whitening involves in-office treatment combined with the use of an at-home kit. Depending on your individual case, you may choose alternative cosmetic dentistry treatments such as porcelain veneers, dental bonding, or crowns to conceal intrinsic stains.
If you want to brighten your smile for a special event such as a wedding, a party, or a graduation ceremony and are looking for immediate results, Dr. Rapisarda recommends undergoing an in-office teeth whitening treatment. We use the Rembrandt® system that can dramatically whiten your smile in a single hour-long office visit.
When you come in for your appointment, a dental hygienist will thoroughly clean your teeth prior to the whitening treatment. Next, the Rembrandt Virtuoso Lightening® gel will be gently applied to the teeth and then activated with the Rembrandt Sapphire® light. The active ingredients in the light-activated gel break down the bonds between the stains to whiten your teeth by several shades. The results are immediate, without the need for mouth trays or follow-up treatments.
The KöR whitening system differs from the other service in that the gel does not need to be light activated. KöR's whitening gels are continuously refrigerated to maintain its potency and arrive cold-packed at our dental office. In addition to systems that address intrinsic stains, KöR offers take-home whitening kits for patients with surface stains to whiten their teeth safely in the comfort of their home. The desired results typically take two weeks to achieve.
The results of a dentist-administered or dentist-supervised teeth whitening treatment can differ vastly from other store bought options. Your smile can be brightened by several shades, and without the irritation or sensitivity that can sometimes accompany over-the-counter methods.
A white, bright smile can get you noticed and make you want to share your smile with others. Contact us to learn more about teeth whitening options available at our dental practice or to schedule a consultation.
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