In-Office and Take-Home Teeth Whitening Treatments
If you have a dull, yellow, or stained smile, your confidence may be suffering as a result. According to a study conducted by the Harris Poll and Invisalign®, 70 percent of adults believe that improving one simple aspect of their appearance could boost their self-confidence. Teeth whitening is a simple, cost-effective, and highly efficient way to dramatically improve the look of your smile. Dr. Brett Helton uses the latest technology at their Columbus, GA, practice, to provide patients with a comfortable experience and optimal results. Based on your preference, our team can complete an in-office whitening treatment in less than an hour or send you home with custom trays which allow you to whiten your smile at your convenience.
Is Teeth Whitening Right for You?
During your visit to our office, we will assess the condition of your smile and discuss your desired outcomes. In general, candidates for teeth whitening should:
- Be in good oral health
- Not be pregnant
- Have surface stains caused by dietary habits or smoking
- Have healthy enamel
Almost anyone who is self-conscious about the color of their smile can benefit from teeth whitening treatments. However, it is important to maintain realistic expectations and understand that dental restorations, including dental crowns and porcelain veneers, cannot be whitened. If you have intrinsic stains, misshapen teeth, or gaps which you are concerned about, Dr. Helton can discuss our other cosmetic dentistry treatments with you during your appointment.
Why Choose In-Office Whitening?
In-office teeth whitening is a great option for patients who need to whiten their smile before a big upcoming event. Since it is individually tailored and closely monitored by our dentists, it is also recommended for patients with tooth sensitivity or deep-set stains. Our doctors use Philips Zoom!®, a product which has been clinically proven to whiten your smile up to eight shades in one appointment.
We can complete an in-office treatment in less than an hour or send you home with custom trays to whiten your smile at your convenience.
Prior to beginning your treatment, our doctors will color-match your smile to a spectrum to establish your goals and track your progress. One of our doctors will then apply the varnish, a compound with 20 percent hydrogen peroxide, which will be sealed onto your smile for 30 minutes. The treatment is completed with exposure to an LED light, which further activates the whitening agents. Once the session is complete, you can leave our office with a brilliant smile.
A Closer Look at Take-Home Treatments
Patients who prefer to whiten their smiles on their own schedule or in the convenience of their home can also choose KöR Home. Take-home treatments are typically more cost-effective than in-office whitening but also offer great results within a more gradual timeframe. Depending on your preference, you can choose between KöR-Night™ and KöR-Day™.
- KöR-Night: These trays are worn nightly for two weeks and followed with periodic maintenance treatments. The whitening solution contains 16 percent carbamide peroxide.
- KöR-Day: These trays are worn once or twice per day for two weeks and are better for patients who want to wear their trays for short periods of time. They contain nine percent hydrogen peroxide.
No matter which option you choose, your take-home kit will contain custom whitening trays and easy-to-apply injectable whitening solution. These trays are made using your own impressions and fit snugly and securely over your teeth to ensure thorough application.
Brighten Your Appearance
Whether you choose in-office whitening or take-home treatments, you can enjoy your new smile in as little as one visit or within two weeks. Whitening treatments are customizable, allowing our doctors to help you reach your desired shade safely and effectively. To find out if teeth whitening is right for you, call us at (706) 563-3225 or contact our helpful team online.