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Teeth Whitening: A Powerful, Effective Way to Transform Your Smile

No matter how frequently and thoroughly you brush and floss your teeth, some stubborn stains cannot be removed with good oral hygiene alone. As a result, stains and discoloration can make you feel self-conscious every time you talk or smile. 

Teeth whitening is a simple and cost-effective way to improve the brightness of your smile. Dr. Arlene Kubit offers both in-office whitening and take-home treatments for patients in Erie, PA, so that you can achieve a brighter smile on a schedule that works for you. Professional teeth whitening is also faster and more effective than over-the-counter products, so it is ideal for patients with important upcoming events. 

Candidacy Recommendations 

Teeth whitening is non-invasive, meaning no enamel is removed. This means it is appropriate for virtually any patient who wants to improve the brightness of his or her smile. However, whitening is not recommended for patients who have restorations such as crowns, bridges, or porcelain veneers because they will not respond to the bleaching agents. Additionally, if you have intrinsic stains, or discoloration that resides in the dentin beneath your enamel, teeth whitening may not be effective. Instead, Dr. Kubit might recommend dental bonding or porcelain veneers. 

Professional In-Office Whitening 

When overseen by a doctor, teeth whitening is a powerful and safe way to transform your smile in just one treatment. 

In-office whitening is chosen by many patients because it delivers fast results in just one session. In contrast, store-bought products can take a few weeks to show even slight improvements. During an in-office whitening treatment, Dr. Kubit will: 

  • Clean debris and particles from the surface of your teeth 
  • Evenly and carefully apply the whitening solution to the surface of your teeth, avoiding your gums 
  • Leave the whitening solution on your teeth for approximately 40 minutes 
  • Thoroughly remove the gel to reveal your results 

The ULTRADENT Opalescence Quick solution we use is much stronger than other systems. It contains 40 percent hydrogen peroxide, making it very powerful and highly effective. 

Take-Home Kits

We have two options available for patients who want to complete their whitening treatment at home:

  • Disposable trays: Opalescence Go disposable trays resemble clear aligners and are filled with a whitening solution. The gel is easy to apply and thoroughly covers all of your teeth. 
  • Custom trays: Opalescence PF custom trays allow patients to choose the concentration and flavor of their whitening solution. This system helps patients select the best methods for themselves, depending on their levels of sensitivity, how quickly they would like to see results, and how long they want to wear their trays. 
Whitening gel and trays

Opalescence PF customized whitening trays are easy to use and ensure the gel is consistently applied.

Professional take-home treatments are customized to your level of discoloration and also offer more thorough coverage than over-the-counter products like whitening strips. The whitening solution used for both in-office and take-home treatments is also much stronger than that of drugstore systems and can ensure the best results. 

Maintaining Your Results 

The effects of whitening treatment are not permanent. However, there are several steps you can take to help your results last longer, including: 

  • Minimizing color-rich foods such as tomato-based pasta sauces and berries 
  • Refraining from smoking and tobacco products 
  • Enjoying coffee, soda, tea, and red wine in moderation or using a straw

To keep your smile looking its best, Dr. Kubit will typically recommend regular touch-ups. 

Brighten Your Smile

When overseen by a doctor, teeth whitening is a powerful and safe way to transform your smile in just one treatment. To help you achieve your goals, we accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and AMEX payment options. Schedule an appointment at our practice by calling (814) 825-7373 or requesting a consultation online

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I have been a patient of Dr. Kubit's for over 20 years. She is the most skilled, professional and caring dentist I have ever encountered. I have referred many friends and family to Dr. Kubit. All have received excellent care by Dr. Kubit. She is truly one of a kind. 

-Joe K.
Erie, PA