Dentist in Greensboro, NC
Michelle H. Mottinger, DDS
2710 Henry St. Ste 104
Greensboro, NC 27405-4962

Phone (336) 375-1825

Is Toothpaste Enough to Keep My Smile White?
By Michelle H. Mottinger, DDS
August 24, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

For many people, keeping their pearly whites pearly white is an important part of their cosmetic and oral health routine. However, with so teeth whiteningmany whitening products and rinses available, finding the best whitening method for you can become overwhelming. Luckily, keeping your teeth white is easy with Dr. Michelle H. Mottinger, DDS in Greensboro, NC.


Teeth Whitening Methods 
Many kinds of toothpaste and mouthwash come with whitening agents built into them. While this method may work gradually over time, the whiteners are not as strong as other methods, making results much more subtle. Over-the-counter whitening kits may also work slowly over time. However, these kits require continuous use and do not provide the as dramatic results as professional teeth whitening.


Professional Teeth Whitening in Greensboro, NC
Professional teeth whitening takes place in Dr. Mottinger’s office and sessions usually last around an hour. The whitening agents are stronger than those in over-the-counter varieties, meaning one teeth whitening session can lift the shade of your teeth up to ten shades. In-office professional whitening begins with sectioning off the teeth from the oral tissues to decrease the chances of irritation. Dr. Mottinger then places a whitening gel onto the teeth which will remain there for a period of time. Some whitening sessions are broken up into three 15-minute sections. No teeth whitening method is permanent, so many patients go back for regular touch-up whitening sessions once or twice a year.


Which whitening method is right for me? 
Your Greensboro, NC dentist is your best tool for determining which whitening method is right for you and your teeth. If you do not have sensitive teeth and are willing to commit to continued use over several months to achieve your results, over-the-counter kits may work for you. However, professional whitening is better for those who wish to improve their smile in a single sitting with dramatic results.


For more information on teeth whitening, please contact Dr. Michelle H. Mottinger, DDS in Greensboro, NC. Call (336) 375-1825 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Mottinger today!