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Teeth Whitening

Restore That Youthful Glow

Your appearance can affect you socially, emotionally, and even professionally. People who smile with confidence are viewed as warm, inviting, and beautiful, among other positive attributes. Now, with our professional whitening systems, we can help you achieve the pearly whites of magazine models and movie stars.

Why Teeth Discolor

Closeup of teeth before and after teeth whitening

Chemicals in foods, beverages, and tobacco can all change the color of your teeth, as can the effects of aging. Medications such as tetracycline, excessive fluoride, and previous dental work may also cause unsightly stains on your enamel. Genetics can affect the color of your teeth as well. While we think of tooth enamel as white, the natural, unstained shade of your teeth can range from pearly white to bluish gray to pale yellow. Even if you brush and floss daily, stains can tarnish your beautiful smile and steal the confident image you want to convey.

Our Whitening Options

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You don’t have to live with discolored teeth! After a thorough examination, we can recommend the best option for whitening your smile.

In-Office Whitening

Woman receiving in-office teeth whitening

In-office whitening is one of the safest and quickest ways to whiten your teeth. During this process, we will place a protective rubber dam around your gums and apply a solution of 15 to 35% carbamide peroxide, a chemical found in most whitening products, to your teeth. Depending on the whitening method, your dentist may also use a laser or special lamp to speed up the bleaching process. In-office whitening can give you dazzlingly white teeth in about an hour!

At-Home Whitening

At-home whitening kits

We can also create clear, customized whitening trays for you to whiten at home. Our professional-grade at-home whitening solution usually contains 10% carbamide peroxide. Simply pour the solution into your custom mouth trays and wear them for an hour a day. You will notice whiter teeth almost immediately; however, the most dramatic results will appear after one to two weeks of daily us.

Call our North Kingstown office to schedule a whitening appointment with Dr. John Verbeyst or Dr. Philippe Morisseau. Patients from North Kingstown, East Greenwich, South Kingstown, Exeter, and other Rhode Island communities are all welcome to our practice.

Teeth Whitening FAQs

When you want to make your smile brighter and free of long-term stains, professional teeth whitening is a great solution worth considering. However, we understand that you may have questions about your treatment, especially if it’s your first time receiving this type of cosmetic procedure. That’s why Dr. Verbeyst and Dr. Morisseau are happy to provide answers to your most common questions regarding teeth whitening treatments. If you have other questions you’d like to address, please call us directly and we’ll do whatever we can to help!

Does teeth whitening harm tooth enamel?

You may have heard either from friends, family or media outlets that professional whitening can cause damage to teeth. However, this simply isn’t the case. As long as we follow all guidelines provided by the manufacturer and you receive your care from a trained professional, there’s no reason why teeth whitening treatment should cause any damage to your enamel. In fact, you’re more likely to accidentally harm your teeth with certain over-the-counter treatments compared to solutions provided by dentists.

How long will my teeth stay white?

When you take care of your smile, your treatment should last for several years. This means brushing and flossing every day as well as maintaining routine dental appointments at our office. Following your treatment, you’ll want to avoid foods that can easily stain your teeth, including coffee, dark tea, and richly-pigmented fruit drinks. If you do consume food or beverages that can stain teeth, promptly brush your teeth afterwards. You can also rinse your mouth out with water if a toothbrush isn’t nearby. Avoid smoking and using tobacco at all costs.

Will my teeth become sensitive after treatment?

Professional-grade whitening gels are actually meant to cause as little teeth sensitivity as possible. If you do experience any discomfort during treatment, don’t worry. This sensation should go away within a day or so. If you didn’t have teeth sensitivity to begin with, long-term symptoms should not be an issue after your treatment.

Does teeth whitening work on crowns or other restorations?

It’s important to note that teeth whitening does not affect dental fillings, crowns, veneers, or any other restoration. This is because enamel responds to teeth whitening differently than porcelain and composite resin materials. If your restorations sticks out unnaturally following your teeth whitening, it may need to be replaced so that it more effectively blends in.

Can I use dental insurance to cover treatment?

Unfortunately, dental insurance does not cover cosmetic treatments in most cases. However, that doesn’t mean treatment can’t still be affordable. For example, you can finance your treatment through third-party options like CareCredit if needed. We’re happy to go over your financing options should you decide to pay for treatment in this way.