Asheville Teeth Whitening

Flash the Brilliant Smile!

John Highsmith, DDS in Clyde, NC

You’ve dreamed of a professional tooth whitening before. You’ve looked in the mirror a hundred times and imagined what it would be like to dazzle every time you smiled. And now, you have a special event coming up and you just can’t stop dreaming about it. Could teeth whitening in Asheville really be for you?

We say why in the world not? Smile whitening has become more affordable, more effective, and more comfortable than ever before. With advanced take-home whitening methods, teeth can be:

  • Brightened up to ten shade
  • Visually perfected–whitening camouflages minor imperfections
  • Given a younger, healthier appearance

And if you count on Dr. John Highsmith and Dr. Sylvia Jernigan, you know you won’t only get beautiful results, you will get expert care as well.
John Highsmith, DDS

Drs. Highsmith and Jernigan have the highest levels of credentialing when it comes to all dentistry, but especially cosmetic dental work. Smile whitening is no exception. With decades of experience, numerous awards, and countless satisfied patients, there is no you could trust more for your teeth whitening in Asheville.

Your wedding is coming up and you want your smile to be its brightest. Or maybe you have an important speaking engagement. Whatever the reason, teeth whitening in Asheville isn’t just for movie stars anymore! Millions of people have had their teeth whitened, and probably millions more are thinking about it. Smile whitening safely lightens the color of your teeth, taking years of stains off your enamel, and lasting for up to three years and longer with regular touch ups. The most effective and safest method of tooth whitening is dentist-supervised.
We have seen great success with our Clyde professional tooth whitening – it’s been proven effective in over 90% of our patients. Consider tooth whitening if your teeth are darkened from age, coffee, tea, or smoking. Teeth darkened with the color of yellow, brown, or orange respond better to lightening. Other types of gray stains caused by fluorosis, smoking, or tetracycline can be lightened, but results may not be as dramatic.
If you have very sensitive teeth, periodontal disease, or teeth with worn enamel, we may discourage smile whitening.
  • Tray Whitening: Brightening and whitening your teeth with take-home trays is accomplished by wearing custom-made trays made to hold prescription-strength gel comfortably against your teeth. The trays are made of thin, clear, flexible vinyl and aren’t very noticeable in your smile so you can wear them when it is most convenient for you–even at work. Most patients find these trays very comfortable to wear or even sleep in. To begin your home-whitening process, you will be given a whitening kit, that includes whitening gel, fluoride, and a storage case for the whitening trays. Whitening your teeth with the at-home whitening trays is best done with a commitment of wearing trays to bed for at least 4-6 weeks.
The longer you use the whitening gel, the whiter the teeth get. It often takes six weeks or longer to get teeth the color you desire. In some cases, porcelain veneers are required to give you the smile of your dreams.
Your dazzle should last from one to five years depending on your personal habits, such as smoking and drinking coffee and tea. At this point, you will probably need a touch-up.
The active ingredient in most of the whitening agents is carbamide peroxide. When water contacts this white crystal, the release of hydrogen peroxide lightens the teeth.
Several studies have proven its safety and the American Dental Association has also granted its seal of approval to professional teeth-whitening products. Some patients may experience slight gum irritation or tooth sensitivity, which will resolve when the treatment ends. In our experience, about one in twenty patients have enough cold sensitivity or discomfort from the tray whitening that they just cannot do it. Most of the time using fluoride or shortening the time the tray is in your mouth will allow you to whiten your teeth comfortably.
No one can really predict how much lighter your teeth will become. Every case is different. However, typically, there is a two- to-ten shade improvement as seen on a dentist’s shade guide. The success rate depends on the type of stain and your compliance with follow-ups and touch-ups. Whitening does not lighten artificial materials such as fillings or porcelain crowns or veneers.