Teeth Whitening

Robert A. Kelly, DDS

General and Cosmetic Dentistry located in Framingham, MA

If your teeth have lost their shine, a professional whitening treatment is a safe and effective way to make your smile radiant again. Robert A. Kelly, DDS, offers high-quality teeth whitening as a way to restore the brilliance of your smile. To get started, schedule a visit to Dr. Kelly’s state-of-the-art clinic in Framingham, Massachusetts, by calling the office or booking an appointment online.

Teeth Whitening Q & A

What causes teeth to lose their color?

Your teeth can become dull or discolored for many reasons, including:

  • Eating too many foods with dark pigments
  • Drinking too much coffee and soda
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Medications, like certain antihistamines and antipsychotics
  • Early exposure to certain antibiotics

Your teeth also natural lose their whiteness as you age. The hard outer layer of your teeth (enamel) wears down and gets thinner over time, while the inner layer (dentin) turns yellow. The thinning enamel allows more of the yellowed dentin to show through, which can create a discolored smile. 

The thickness of your enamel is an inherited trait, which means genetics plays a role in determining the color of your teeth.

How do you whiten my teeth?

Dr. Kelly offers two different methods for whitening your teeth:

At-home whitening

At-home whitening allows you to whiten your teeth on your own schedule. Dr. Kelly gives you a professional-strength whitening solution and custom-fitted whitening trays designed from an impression of your smile. You fill the trays with the whitening solution, then wear them on your teeth for a prescribed amount of time every day. After a few weeks, your smile will be noticeably whiter and brighter.

In-office whitening

In-office whitening works on the same basic principles as at-home whitening but is done under Dr. Kelly’s direct supervision at his office. Dr. Kelly uses special equipment to protect your lips, gums, and cheeks, then carefully applies a whitening solution to your teeth, which goes to work while you wait in the chair. 

In some cases, Dr. Kelly shines a special light on your teeth to enhance the effect of the whitening solution. In-office whitening can get you the same results as at-home whitening with a single, hour-long appointment.

Is teeth whitening safe?

Professional teeth whitening is a safe, effective, and noninvasive method for improving the appearance of your smile. In some cases, you might experience some increased sensitivity in your teeth for a little while after you’ve whitened them. If that happens to you, Dr. Kelly can give you special toothpaste to minimize any discomfort.

Put the sparkle back in your smile today and call the offices of Robert A. Kelly, DDS, or book your teeth whitening appointment online.