Teeth Whitening

Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you, and nothing conveys health and vitality quite like bright, white teeth! If you feel that your discolored or stained teeth are holding you back or preventing you from feeling great about your smile, there is no reason to delay taking the next steps toward a brighter smile. At Lepore Comprehensive Dentistry in Dunedin, Florida, Drs. Ryan Lepore and Erin Dougherty offer patients convenient and effective teeth whitening options tailored to their needs and treatment preferences.

Teeth whitening options at Lepore Comprehensive Dentistry

At Lepore Comprehensive Dentistry, we offer two options for tooth whitening that both provide terrific results.

  • Teeth whitening – We offer take-home teeth whitening that can be completed on your own schedule and in-office whitening services that can be completed in one visit. The benefit of our in-office whitening service is that we also include the take-home kit
    • In-Office Professional Whitening
In-Office Professional Whitening

ADA Dental Minute – Dr. Maria Lopez Howell

Everyone desires a bright white smile, but when brushing twice daily isn’t enough, you do have another option. In-Office tooth whitening! 

In-Office tooth whitening is a safe way to give your smile that extra sparkle.

With an in-office tooth whitening procedure, your dentist protects your gums with a gel or a rubber shield made specifically to fit your mouth. Then a whitening agent is applied to the teeth, you can also choose an at-home tooth whitening product. 

It is a good idea to see your dentist first to take care of any dental problems before you proceed. 

Tooth whitening may not work on enamel with certain types of stains – or on bonded or filled teeth. 

To learn more about getting a brilliant smile, speak with your dentist – to determine which tooth whiting option is right for you! 

For the ADA Dental Minute, I’m Dr. Maria Lopez Howell.

Pola Office+ is a simple in-office teeth whitening system. Whiter teeth can be achieved in as little as 30 minutes. Pola office’s unique formula comes with desensitizing properties, making your comfort #1.

  • Colgate Optic White Professional Take-Home Kit
Colgate Optic White Professional Take-Home Kit

Welcome to the Colgate Optic White professional experience. As you will soon see simply beautiful whitening is now beautifully simple. For those patients who decide to whiten their teeth at home, everything a patient needs is inside the take-home kit. 

So let me show you the contents of the kit and step by step of what you’re going to do.

Now let’s get started. 

Take out the whitening device. Use two gel tubes for each application, one gel tube for the top side, and another for the bottom side of the whitening device. Some people prefer to start with a little bit less gel. Results may vary depending on how much gel you use. Now grab one gel tube and twist off the safety seal at the tip.

Squeeze gel from the tube to evenly fill the floor of the device. Start from the center and move outward, creating a continuous line. Do the same from the center dot to the other side. You can use the tip of the tube to evenly spread the gel along the bottom of the tray. Now turn the device over. Don’t worry the gel is thick and it will not leak when turned upside down. Now, repeat the same process with a second gel tube on the other side. It’s important not to put the gel too high in the mouthpiece. The gel should not touch your gums when you put the device in your mouth, as it may burn.

Press the great activator button and the indicator light will turn orange. Wait until the indicator light turns green, which means the whitening gel is now ready for use. Position the mouthpiece so that the green light is facing upwards, and insert the whitening device into your mouth. Make sure your upper and lower teeth are seated completely in the whitening device. Also, make sure no gel is touching your gums.

If you feel bleach touching your gums, remove the tray and rinse out your mouth. Wipe any excess bleach from the tray and then reinsert the whitening device. Keep the whitening device in your mouth for 10 minutes. Feel free to relax, move about and read while you’re whitening your teeth. When the indicator light goes out. Remove the whitening device carefully so that no gel touches your gums. 

You’re on your way to wider brighter teeth. 

Now let’s talk about how to clean up after application. 

First, rinse your mouth thoroughly with water. Then clean the whitening device using a light stream of water. Remove the remaining gel with a soft toothbrush if needed. Using a gentle motion. Do not use your fingers to clean the device dry thoroughly with a paper towel. Make sure the whitening device is clean and dry when returning to its case; make sure to wash your hands after handling the device. 

Repeat this process once a day for 10 days total treatment. Remember, you should avoid eating or drinking for 30 minutes after each treatment.

Thank you for choosing Colgate Optic White Professional.


Why choose professional teeth whitening?

When you are walking down the oral health care aisle of the grocery store or pharmacy, you are likely inundated with tooth whitening options, from toothpaste that claims to whiten your teeth to strips or trays that promise comfort and results. Grabbing one of those products may seem easy and cost-effective, but it is essential to understand the difference between these over-the-counter options and professional teeth whitening.

With professional teeth whitening, you can achieve safer, better results, often in a shorter amount of time.

  • Professional-grade whitening gels are designed to be highly effective at removing stains deep within the tubules of the enamel without harming your teeth
  • The dentist can add a buffering agent if you are prone to sensitivity
  • With in-office whitening, your teeth can be whiter in just one visit versus weeks with over-the-counter treatments
  • If you choose at-home professional whitening, the trays are custom-fitted to your teeth for comfort and designed to keep the whitening gel only where it is supposed to be on your teeth, not on your gums, where it can cause irritation and damage

To learn more about your teeth whitening options and discuss which one might be right for you, call Lepore Comprehensive Dentistry in Dunedin, FL, today at (727) 608-4690.

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Lepore Comprehensive Dentistry believes that everyone should have access to high-quality dental care and that financial constraints or insurance status shouldn’t stand in the way for anyone to receive such care. That’s why we have introduced Dental Savings Plans as we don’t want you to compromise on your dental health. We have two plans – Standard and Wellness - offered at an annual membership fee of $429 and $729 respectively.

Membership will entitle you to a host of benefits including free and discounted treatments with a focus on your overall health.

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