Teeth Whitening

Teeth Whitening

Dr. Mary Ellen Wynn shaking patients hand before her teeth whitening appointment

Keeping your teeth pearly white can seem hopeless at times. Coffee, tea, wine, tobacco, and bad dental hygiene are just a few culprits behind yellowing, graying, stained teeth. Unfortunately, over-the-counter whitening toothpaste and strips can only do so much to help and can, unfortunately, harm your teeth if misused.

Being confident and comfortable in your smile can make a world of difference in your everyday life. At Mary Ellen Wynn, DDS, we understand the importance of having a bright, radiant smile. That is why we are happy to offer Opalescence GO® in-office and take-home whitening treatments. Together we can help you get a brighter smile you can be confident in!


Can I do teeth whitening?

If you are uncomfortable with stained or discolored teeth, Dr. Wynn may recommend a professional whitening treatment. Tooth stains can be caused by a variety of things including:


  • Poor hygiene
  • Aging
  • Coffee, tea, wine, soda, and other richly-colored foods and drinks
  • Smoking and general tobacco use
  • Certain illnesses and medications
  • Fluorosis


If your teeth have been discolored by an extremely dark or gray stain, Dr. Wynn may recommend other cosmetic treatments.


What does whitening treatment include?

At Mary Ellen Wynn, DDS we are proud to offer Opalescence GO® whitening options. Patients can either choose an in-office treatment or take-home treatment.


In-office treatments can be completed in a single visit and typically result in a whiter smile. The whitening solution only affects your tooth’s enamel — meaning it will not alter the color of any existing caps or crowns. The treatment usually takes one hour.


Take-home treatments usually take two visits to prepare. During your first visit, an impression will be taken of your teeth to create a custom plastic tray. Any necessary adjustments will be made during your second visit to ensure the tray fits perfectly over your teeth. Dr. Wynn will provide you with your custom trays and your Opalescence GO® whitening solution at the end of your visit.


In the convenience of your home, you will put the Opalescence GO® whitening solution into the trays and wear them every day for several weeks. Dr. Wynn will recommend how long to leave the trays in each day and how many weeks to use your whitening solution depending on the severity of the stains.


How long does teeth whitening last?

The length of time that the whitening effects last will depend entirely on personal care and hygiene. The types of foods and beverages you consume may also negatively affect the longevity of your treatment. With proper care, results can last up to three years! 


If you have questions about teeth whitening treatments at Mary Ellen Wynn, DDS, contact our office for more information. A dedicated member of our team will be happy to answer any questions or schedule a consultation.

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