Higgins Dental

General Dentists & Cosmetic Dentists located in Jacksonville, FL

There’s no shortage of do-it-yourself tooth whitening products on the market, but if you want the best possible results, there’s no substitute for an experienced dentist. Marcus Higgins, DMD, and the team at Higgins Dental offer in-office Zoom™ whitening treatment, as well as professional-grade at-home bleaching kits. To learn more about tooth whitening, schedule an appointment online or in Jacksonville, Florida, today.

Zoom Q & A

Does teeth whitening work?

For many people, teeth whitening effectively improves the appearance of discolored teeth. To get the full benefits of whitening, however, it’s important that you have healthy teeth and gums. Whitening can improve discoloration from:

  • Genetics
  • Smoking
  • Certain foods and beverages, including tea, wine, coffee, and berries

Teeth whitening only works on natural teeth surfaces. It doesn’t change the appearance of fillings, crowns, and other restorations.

Keep in mind that teeth whitening is only a cosmetic procedure. Although whiter teeth looks healthier, the process doesn’t actually strengthen or repair damaged or infected teeth, and it’s not a substitute for necessary dental work.

The results of whitening can be dramatic if your teeth have a yellowed shade but are otherwise healthy. If you have more serious cosmetic problems, you may need more involved restoration work, including prosthetic teeth.

Why is it worth going to a dentist for teeth whitening?

You may wonder if it’s worth going to a dentist for teeth whitening when you can purchase whitening products at the pharmacy. However, there’s a limit to what over-the-counter, one-size-fits-all whitening strips, gels, kits, and toothpaste can do.

The team at Higgins Dental has access to stronger bleaching agents than those you can buy yourself, and they customize your treatment to fit your individual needs.

Higgins Dental offers both in-office Zoom treatment and at-home whitening kits. The practice has a machine that creates custom whitening trays designed to perfectly fit your mouth.

This ensures you’re comfortable during your teeth whitening procedure and the whitening solution fully covers your teeth.

Depending on your budget, schedule, and teeth-whitening goals, you may elect to get a one-time, in-office procedure or whiten your teeth more gradually using an at-home kit.

To ensure the best possible results, the Higgins Dental team provides a full teeth cleaning before applying the whitening varnish. No matter which option you choose, Higgins Dental provides better results than what you can purchase over-the-counter at the drugstore.

How long do the results of teeth whitening last?

You can expect the results of your teeth whitening procedure to last for up to three years. You may want to do occasional touch-up treatments, either at Higgins Dental or with an at-home kit, one to three times a year.

Your results last longer when you maintain good dental hygiene, don’t smoke, and avoid foods and beverages that can stain teeth.

To learn more about teeth whitening, schedule an appointment at Higgins Dental online or over the phone.