Teeth Whitening in New Hudson, MI
Kari Family Dentistry provides several professional-strength products and techniques for patients who want to achieve a brighter smile. With several years of experience in teeth-whitening procedures and extensive training at New York University’s College of Dentistry, Dr. Kari can help you choose the treatment that will be most effective for your smile.
The best way to begin any teeth-whitening regimen is to schedule an appointment at our New Hudson, MI dental office and talk to Dr. Kari about the differences between in-office professional whitening and at-home whitening.
Professional Teeth Whitening with LUMIBRITE™
We offer LUMIBRITE bleach-free whitening as our professional teeth-whitening option. This procedure is performed in our New Hudson dental office. LUMIBRITE utilizes the Sapphire® Supreme Plasma Arc Curing Light and a professional-grade teeth whitening gel. The combination of light and gel work together to give you a whiter, more stunning smile in less time than other forms of teeth whitening.
LUMIBRITE Chairside can whiten teeth up to 12 shades. If you follow the simple post-care instructions and practice good oral hygiene, LUMIBRITE Chairside can last for years.
Dr. Kari also offers take-home professional whitening. LUMIBRITE Take-Home Whitening is a proven, easy-to-use, at-home, peroxide-based whitening method. Your dentist will take impressions of your teeth to make soft, fitted trays, which you'll wear at your convenience to apply the recommended whitening gel.
LUMIBRITE Take-Home can whiten teeth up to eight shades. If you follow the simple post-care instructions and practice good oral hygiene, LUMIBRITE Take-Home can last for years.
Over-the-Counter Teeth Whitening
Teeth whitening that can be purchased at a drug store or retailer is known as non-professional teeth whitening. Because the strength of the whitening ingredients are lower than that which is available at Kari Family Dentistry, your results will not be as dramatic. As with any teeth-whitening regimen, it is wise to consult with Dr. Kari before use.
Teeth-whitening strips are thin, flexible plastic (polyethylene) strips with a thin film of hydrogen peroxide on one side. Whitening strip kits come with strips for the upper teeth and strips for the lower teeth. The whitening agent is applied by placing the strips across your teeth and gently pressing the strips to ensure contact with all your teeth. Teeth-whitening strips are typically worn for 30 minutes a day, twice a day. The duration of treatment will vary.
Paint-On Teeth Whiteners
Paint-on whiteners can be purchased over-the-counter and generally are less expensive and less effective than whitening strips or professional options. Paint-on teeth whiteners consist of a gel that is applied to the tooth using a small brush. Paint-on whitening gel hardens into a film that coats the teeth, and dissolves in the mouth.
Whitening Toothpaste and Mouthwash
The least expensive options are whitening toothpastes and mouthwashes. Designed to have “whitening” capabilities, toothpastes and mouthwashes work to remove surface stains using mild abrasives. However, unlike the materials used in professional whitening procedures, these products do not lighten the actual color shade of the tooth. Whitening toothpastes affect surface stains and will mildly lighten your teeth.
If you would like to learn more about teeth whitening, please contact Dr. Kari at our New Hudson office to schedule an appointment.