Teeth Whitening

Rifkin Dental Group

Cosmetic Dentists & Restorative Dentists located in Sandy Springs, Atlanta, GA

Create a desirable first impression with a bright, white smile. Good oral hygiene keeps your teeth healthy, but dulling, yellow teeth result from lifestyle habits and aging. At Rifkin Dental Group in Atlanta, Georgia, expert dentists Susan Rifkin, DDS, and Zachary Rifkin, DDS provide quality teeth whitening in their office. They also offer whitening kits that you can take home. Call today to learn how you can get a glistening smile or book a consultation online.

Teeth Whitening Q & A

Why are my teeth discolored?

As you get older, your teeth can dull, yellow, or gray. Drinking coffee, black tea, and red wine can stain your teeth over time. Tobacco use is another cause of discolored teeth. With time, the outer layer of your white enamel starts to thin, too. This reveals darker dentin that lies within.

Sometimes injury or taking certain medications like the antibiotic tetracycline can discolor your teeth.


Am I a good candidate for teeth whitening?

If you have healthy teeth and no fillings on the most visible areas of your teeth, you're probably a good candidate for professional teeth whitening. The dentists will make sure you have healthy gums so you can tolerate the whitening solution without undue sensitivity.

In-office and at-home teeth whitening work best on teeth that are just slightly yellowed or stained. If your tooth discoloration is due to medications or injury, porcelain veneers are a better whitening treatment. If you smoke, peroxide teeth whitening isn’t an ideal solution either.


How does in-office teeth-whitening work?

At Rifkin Dental Group, the dentists use a peroxide-based bleaching agent that contains 15-43% peroxide, offering a quick and effective change in the shade of your teeth.

The technician covers up your gums to protect them from any sensation and applies the peroxide solution. A specialized lamp directs heat and light to your teeth to cause the solution to work faster than at-home solutions. In just a few short visits, you get teeth that are 3-8 shades whiter.


What are the take-home whitening options?

Take-home kits also use peroxide for whitening, but the solution is less concentrated. Your whitening results are good but happen more gradually than they do with in-office treatments.

You receive a customized tray that fits over your teeth. It’s filled with a professional-grade whitening solution. You wear it for about an hour a day for several weeks or months.


Why should I consider professional whitening?

Over-the-counter teeth whitening options are available in the form of strips, paint-on solutions, toothpaste, and more. These formulations are weak, and you often don’t get the results you want even with months of continued use.

Guided by a professional like the dentists at Rifkin Dental Group, you get results that are safe, effective, and superior to anything you can get with drugstore products.

If you’re ready to flash a whiter, brighter smile, call Rifkin Dental Group or schedule your appointment online to find out about holiday specials on whitening and more.

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