Professional teeth whitening Greater Jacksonville FL cosmetic dentist

Every over-the-counter teeth whitening solution promises the same thing but doesn’t always deliver. Instead of bothering with countless strips or pens that may only give you a brighter smile for a week or so, our Orange Park, FL, cosmetic dentist recommends choosing one of our available teeth whitening treatments.

Here’s how professional teeth whitening compares to products you can grab off the shelf.

Making the Decision to Whiten Your Teeth

The answer to the question, “Should I whiten my teeth?” comes down to whether or not you’re satisfied with the current shade of your smile. If your response is no, Dr. Marino is here to help with in-office and at-home teeth whitening.

For those who prefer to have our team oversee the entire process, we offer Zoom teeth whitening inside our Orange Park, FL, dental office. This option can be completed in one visit with dramatic results thanks to higher levels of whitening concentration.

Dr. Marino also wants you to have the choice to gradually brighten your smile in the comfort of your own home which is why we offer custom teeth whitening trays and Opalescence gel. We will provide you with all of the supplies you need and detailed instructions on what to do. Depending on your desired shade, this may take several weeks to complete.

Please remember that teeth whitening won’t work for:

  • Capped teeth with dental crowns
  • Teeth with active cavities
  • Patients with overly sensitive teeth
  • Severe discoloration (porcelain veneers may be recommended instead)

Interested in getting started with another cosmetic procedure like Invisalign® to complement your newly whitened smile? Feel free to ask Dr. Marino or our other team members about next steps and we’d be glad to set you up.

As a Whole, Professional Teeth Whitening:

 1) Is More Customized & Controlled Ingredient-Wise

When you buy something like teeth whitening strips, it can be hard to know how much of a particular whitening agent is included in each individual use. It’s quite the opposite with the whitening treatments we provide as Dr. Marino offers different strengths of whitening to best suit your specific needs, whether in-office or at-home.

There’s also no fussing with a kit made for the general public. Our whitening trays are molded from an impression of your teeth, so they fit perfectly and the professional-grade whitening gel we provide gets the job done while remaining safe. We also include easy to follow instructions so there’s no mistaking what you need to do.

2) Gives You Results That Last

It’s not uncommon for patients to tell us that they’ve been using store-bought whitening toothpaste for a month only to notice little to no difference. On the other hand, if decent results are accomplished, they often don’t last for long.

Our two forms of treatment contain a higher concentration of teeth whitening ingredients from the start to ensure your smile stays bright for much longer than any over-the-counter product. Some patients are satisfied after just one session whereas others prefer a few visits to achieve their desired shade.

3) Has Been Tested & Proven to Be Safe

While some are approved by the American Dental Association, a large amount of the teeth whitening products on the market today, especially those purchased exclusively online, are not well regulated. Ingredients are not always specified, the strength of each ingredient isn’t known, and some make grand promises such as “immediate results”.

Over-the-counter products also require you to use them more due to the lower concentration gels. This can lead to overuse which long-term, can be harmful. This is not the case with the teeth whitening courtesy of Dr. Marino. We monitor every part of the whitening process and would not offer what we do if it was not safe for our patients.

Take the Next Steps Towards a Whiter Smile 

Our cosmetic dentist serving Orange Park and Greater Jacksonville, FL, recommends teeth whitening performed by a professional over what you can find perusing the oral care aisles of the grocery store. If you’re ready to give one of our options a go, call Marino Family Dentistry today at (904) 269-2185 to request an appointment.

Get Started Today

Feel free to contact us today regarding any questions and to schedule an appointment with our dentist serving Greater Jacksonville, FL. We look forward to helping you with all your dental needs.