Teeth Whitening

Teeth naturally come in different shades of white and ivory.

Lifestyle choices, such as smoking and drinking coffee, can cause staining. Aging can also impact the color of your teeth. But it’s easy to make your teeth several shades whiter—and take years off your appearance—with professional teeth whitening.

Call Dr. Richard Rathke of Downtown Dental to find out how this safe and effective procedure can boost your self-confidence by making your smile dramatically whiter and brighter!

The Teeth Whitening Procedure

We offer a number of whitening options, including the Zoom and KöR whitening systems. If you opt for our in-office whitening treatment, you can plan on the process taking just over an hour. In the time it takes for your lunch break, you can have teeth that are several shades whiter!

Most patients whose teeth and gums are healthy will find they are good candidates for teeth whitening, and they can expect good results from the treatment.

Using one of our tooth whitening systems—depending on your needs—Dr. Rathke will prepare you for the procedure by covering up the soft tissue of your lips and gums to keep bleaching agent off these sensitive areas.

After applying the bleaching gel to the teeth, he’ll use an ultraviolet lamp that will help with the lightening process. The bleaching agent will remain on the teeth for about 15 minutes before being removed, and the full process will be repeated two more times.

Most of our patients report feeling no sensitivity after the process.

Maintaining Your Results

When you’ve made the investment in professional teeth whitening, you’re going to love the way your smile looks. Here are some ways to keep your smile bright and white.

  • Think about any habits you might have that are contributing to the staining of your teeth. If you are a smoker or tobacco user, keeping your teeth whiter is just one of many reasons to quit.
  • If you indulge in beverages such as coffee, tea, and wine, think twice before consuming them. If you decide to indulge occasionally, rinse your mouth with water afterward and be sure to brush regularly. Some foods, such as curries and berries, can also cause staining.
  • You can also follow up in-office treatment with an at-home kit to give yourself touch-ups every so often. Dr. Rathke can provide you with custom trays and professional grade gel that you can use at home every several weeks at your convenience.

Stay Current with Routine Checkups and Cleanings

Be sure to protect your teeth whitening investment by visiting Downtown Dental twice each year for examinations and cleanings to preserve your overall oral health. Regular visits to your New Orleans dentist after teeth whitening will go a long way toward keeping your pearly whites nice and bright!