Teeth Whitening in Steele Creek, NC

Often we are unhappy with our smile. We wish our teeth were as white as they were during childhood. Teeth discolor for a number of different reasons, including the foods we eat, the beverages we drink, tobacco use, and even certain medications.

Additionally, as we age, teeth present in many different shades, from ivory to yellow, from gray to brown. And many of us wish our teeth were whiter and brighter since these are signs of healthy teeth and, many assume, good oral hygiene.

Fortunately, professional teeth whitening is affordable and safe—and dramatic results can be yours after just one trip to our Steele Creek, NC cosmetic dentist!

There is no reason to go through life with teeth that are not as white as you’d like or a smile that you can’t be proud of. Call Dr. H. Justin Harlow at (704) 588-1515 to find out how easy it can be to love your smile again!

Check out some of our most frequently asked questions about teeth whitening in Steele Creek, NC. If you have a question not addressed here, or if you would like more details, contact Harlow Dental today.



Am I a good candidate for professional teeth whitening?

Dr. H. Justin Harlow will review your oral health history or examine your teeth and gums to make sure professional teeth whitening is the right treatment for you. In some cases, restorations may play a role in our dentist’s recommendation, but restorations don’t necessarily rule out a professional teeth whitening treatment.

We suggest getting in touch with our dental office to learn more about whether professional teeth whitening is the best option for you.

What professional teeth whitening system do you use?

We use the ZOOM! Whitening System for excellent results. We have tried other systems in the past, but we have found that ZOOM! provides the best professional teeth whitening in Steele Creek. Our patients rave about their results! We think you will, too.

How does professional teeth whitening work?

A professional teeth whitening treatment in our dental office is fairly quick, and it usually means you’ll spend only about an hour in the dental chair.

The first step involves applying whitening gel to your teeth. This is prescription-strength whitening gel and very effective. This gel breaks up stubborn stains that have been around for years and that no amount of whitening toothpaste or over-the-counter whitening kits can eliminate. Following application, an ultraviolet light activates the whitening gel while you relax.

After just one treatment, you will notice that your teeth are already whiter than before you sat down in the dentist chair. Your teeth will continue to whiten over the next few days.

Dr. Harlow will also provide you with an at-home whitening kit. If you continue to follow up with our take-home bleaching system, following all provided instructions, your results will last even longer. You can also do periodic touch ups on your own time.

How often can I use my take-home tray?

We will provide instructions, which include how often and for how long you should whiten your teeth at home. It is important to follow these instructions.

Also, you should use a dot of whitening gel in each tooth pocket on your tray. Overfilling trays can lead to spillage inside your mouth or on your gums.

Because your tray is customized to fit your smile, following instructions means you should not have issues with gel spillage.

In many cases, patients use their take-home trays in the days leading up to a life event like a wedding or a reunion!

Will I experience any pain or sensitivity after professional teeth whitening?

People sometimes talk about gum sensitivity or irritation after using over-the-counter whitening treatments.

The truth is that these whitening kits are often used incorrectly, hence the issues they experience afterward. Additionally, the trays are not customized to fit your mouth, which means the whitening product will leak onto your gums. Our trays, on the other hand, are designed to fit your mouth.

The overwhelming majority of our patients report no discomfort after their whitening treatment, and the entire process is pain-free.

If you do experience any sensitivity, we suggest stopping the home-whitening treatments for a few days. The sensitivity will disappear, and then you can resume your routine.

At Harlow Dental, we rely on the ZOOM! Whitening System for several reasons. These reasons include fantastic results and ease of use. Part of ease of use means that you are unlikely to experience sensitivity when using the ZOOM! Whitening System.

Is professional teeth whitening safe?

Professional teeth whitening treatments, under the discretion of dental professionals, is a very safe and effective way to whiten your teeth. However, we do not recommend over-the-counter systems or online specials because these products do not consider your oral health or your dental restorations.

Additionally, many patients are disappointed with their results following store-bought applications.  

How does professional teeth whitening compare to store-bought kits?

We cannot vouch for over-the-counter teeth whitening kits, pastes, or gels, but our experience tells us that patients are not happy following these applications because the whitening is not significant.

It’s important to remember that store-bought kits are not prescribed by a dental professional. This means drugstore kits may cause sensitivity because of spillage onto the gums and could exacerbate underlying dental issues or harm restorations.

How can I avoid stains in the future?

Teeth can dull and stain as you age, but foods, drinks, tobacco and certain medications also play a role in tooth staining.

Stubborn tartar, which builds up on teeth over time, cannot always be brushed away. This is why we recommend professional teeth cleanings at least twice per year. Tartar can cause teeth to take on a yellow or brownish hue. Our hygienist is able to lift tartar away from your teeth’s enamel.

We recommend:

  • Brushing and flossing regularly to help avoid too much tartar buildup between dental cleanings.
  • Cutting down on coffee, tea, and wine.
  • Stopping smoking.
  • Asking your physician if certain medications cause teeth discoloration. We are not suggesting stopping medications, but this may mean using your at-home kit for touch ups.

How long will my teeth stay white after professional teeth whitening?

The length of time your teeth stay white depends a lot on genetics—and on your habits after your professional teeth whitening treatment. Make sure to keep your twice-yearly teeth cleaning appointments, cut down on coffee, tea, wine, and other tooth-staining foods and beverages. Ask your medical doctor about medications. Avoid smoking!

If you follow up with at-home whitening treatments on a regular basis, your smile will stay bright and white for a longer length of time.

With proper maintenance and by avoiding things that stain your teeth, ZOOM! results can last for up to two years!

Call Harlow Dental at Steele Creek to Learn More

You don’t have to go through life feeling self-conscious about yellowed or stained teeth. Give us a call to learn more about teeth whitening or to schedule a consultation to learn whether this therapy is right for you.

Be sure to come in for a professional teeth cleaning before undergoing the whitening treatment!  

At Harlow Dental , we serve patients in Charlotte, Pineville, Fort Mill, Rock Hill, Belmont, and Steele Creek areas.