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Brighten Your Smile with Professional Teeth Whitening

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Is Teeth Whitening Right for Your Smile?

Our chair-side whitening procedure is designed to give your smile an instant lift. This efficient and effective treatment can significantly enhance the brightness of your teeth in just one office visit. The process involves applying a professional bleaching agent to the tooth surface, which works by breaking down stains into smaller, less noticeable pieces, resulting in a noticeably brighter smile.

Understanding Your Teeth

While teeth whitening is highly effective for yellow stains, it may not be as effective for brown or gray discoloration. During your consultation, Dr. Laughlin will assess your specific needs and determine if teeth whitening is the best solution for your tooth coloration.

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Common Causes of Tooth Discoloration

  • Tobacco Use: Tar and nicotine from tobacco use can leave visible, persistent stains on teeth. Our teeth whitening treatments are particularly effective at tackling these kinds of stains.
  • Foods and Beverages: Certain foods and drinks can leave pigment in the enamel of your teeth. Our whitening treatments can significantly reduce these stains, leaving you with a much brighter smile.
  • Aging: As we age, our teeth naturally tend to yellow, and enamel can become thinner. Teeth whitening can be effective if stains are present, although it won't reverse the effects of thin enamel.
  • Dental Trauma: Injuries to the mouth can cause discoloration as the body responds to strengthen the tooth. While whitening can reduce surface stains, it won't address the deeper issues caused by trauma.
  • Medications: Certain medications can cause tooth discoloration. While teeth whitening may have limited effects, it can still contribute to a brighter smile.
  • Cancer Treatment: Chemotherapy and radiation can lead to tooth discoloration. Our whitening treatments can help remove surface stains, enhancing the overall appearance of your teeth.

In-Office Teeth Whitening: A Step-by-Step Guide

Transforming your smile with in-office teeth whitening at Laughlin Dental is a simple, efficient process. Here's what you can expect during this popular cosmetic procedure:

Initial Assessment

Dr. Laughlin conducts a thorough examination of your teeth and gums to ensure suitability for whitening. You will also discuss your whitening needs and treatment goals.


Your lips and gums are shielded, leaving only your teeth exposed for treatment. This step ensures the safety and comfort of the procedure.

Application of Whitening Gel

A professional-strength whitening gel is carefully applied to the surface of your teeth. The gel's active ingredients work to break down stains and discoloration.

Activation and Processing

The gel is activated, typically with a specialized light or laser, to enhance its whitening effect. You'll relax as the gel works its magic, usually for about 15 to 30 minutes.

Final Touches

The gel is removed, and your mouth is thoroughly rinsed. You will be able to immediately enjoy your new whitening results, with a noticeable difference in most cases.
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Personalized, Judgment-Free Care

Dr. Laughlin spends time with every patient, ensuring that you never feel rushed or pressured. Our judgment-free approach means we focus on your comfort and your dental goals.

A One-Stop Solution for Your Dental Needs

From your biannual checkups to advanced dental procedures, we provide a comprehensive range of services under one roof. All ages are welcome here!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I get my teeth whitened at Laughlin Dental?

Absolutely! Contact us to schedule a consultation where we will assess your suitability for teeth whitening and discuss the best options for your individual needs.

How much does professional teeth whitening cost?

The cost of professional teeth whitening varies depending on the type of treatment and the extent of whitening desired. At Laughlin Dental, we offer competitive pricing and various payment options to make treatments accessible.

What is the difference between over-the-counter whitening products and professional teeth whitening?

Over-the-counter products typically contain lower concentrations of whitening agents compared to the products used by dental professionals. Professional teeth whitening at Laughlin Dental provides faster and more effective results due to the stronger agents used and the expertise of our dental team.

How can I maintain my whitened teeth?

To maintain your newly whitened teeth, it's important to keep up with regular dental hygiene practices such as brushing and flossing. Avoiding foods and drinks that stain teeth, such as coffee, tea, and red wine, can also help maintain results.

Are there any side effects of teeth whitening?

Some people may find that their teeth become sensitive to cold during or after the treatment. Others may experience discomfort in the gums, a sore throat, or white patches on the gum line. These symptoms are usually temporary and should disappear within a few days after the treatment.

Is teeth whitening suitable for everyone?

Teeth whitening is not recommended for children under 16 years of age and pregnant or lactating women. Additionally, individuals with sensitive teeth, gum disease, worn enamel, or cavities should consult with a dentist before opting for whitening treatments.

Will teeth whitening work on all types of teeth?

Whitening is effective on natural teeth; however, it does not work on 'false' teeth such as dentures, crowns, veneers, or fillings (including tooth-colored fillings). Also, results may vary depending on the original color of your teeth and the nature of the stains.

How long does the teeth whitening effect last?

The effects of teeth whitening can last from several months to up to three years, but this varies from person to person. The whitening effect is less likely to last as long if you smoke, consume red wine, tea, or coffee, which can all stain your teeth.

Is teeth whitening safe?

Yes, when performed by a professional, teeth whitening is a safe procedure. At Laughlin Dental, we ensure that your gums and mouth are protected during the treatment to minimize any potential sensitivity or harm.

What is teeth whitening and how does it work?

Teeth whitening is a cosmetic dental procedure aimed at lightening the natural color of your teeth without removing any of the tooth surfaces. It involves applying a whitening agent, usually containing hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide, which breaks down stains into smaller pieces, making the color less concentrated and your teeth brighter.

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