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Whitening Versus Bleaching Marietta, GA

Whitening Versus Bleaching

Whiter teeth can make you look younger, boost your self-confidence and even help you advance in your career. Teeth whitening is one of the easiest and most sought after procedures in cosmetic dentistry. While there is a myriad of options in over-the-counter whitening products, the safest and most effective method is with your dentist. However, not all teeth whitening procedures are created equal.

Although it is quite common to use the term “bleaching” and “whitening” interchangeable when we refer to the teeth, there is a distinct difference. The FDA defines the difference by reporting that the term “bleaching” is permitted for products that can whiten teeth beyond their natural color. In essence, a bleaching protocol will whiten teeth from the inside out. However, teeth “whitening” addresses external tooth stains and simply restores the natural color of the teeth. Whiteners use strong cleansing agents to remove food and drink stains (such as coffee, red wine, etc) from the tooth’s surface. These agents can be found in toothpastes and mouth rinses.

Bleaching products contain active ingredients such as hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. When the peroxide is activated on your teeth, it releases oxygen molecules that enter your enamel micro-fractures. It is here that stain pigmentation can be broken down. The release of oxygen that happens during bleaching can occur over a period of time or rapidly, depending on whether or not you choose a take-home system (using custom trays) or in-office procedure (using laser or light activation).

At Gilreath Family Dentistry, we proudly offer the KöR bleaching protocol because we feel it is the most effective, kindest to the teeth and tissues and longest lasting. Its developer recognized and addressed a key disadvantage of other whitening or bleaching products that often breakdown due to heat, time and saliva. The KöR System packages and designs their product to protect against these factors, allowing the bleaching solution to remain strong and untainted. Patients also report little to no sensitivity when using this system.

If your smile has dulled due to coffee, smoking or age, you can benefit from professional teeth bleaching. Gilreath Family Dentistry understands the complexity of tooth stains and can recommend an effective solution.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV, Gilreath Family Dentistry

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Our Client Reviews
Gilreath Family Dentistry

5.0 / 5.0

Based on 307 reviews


Dr. Gilreath is incredible with my kids. They love going to the dentist now! And this busy mom loves the warm neck wraps, the soft music and enjoying a latte while I relax!

Kenneth H.

Was lucky enough to find these guys when I got insurance that my old dentist did not take. Very professional and friendly staff! Office has the latest greatest technology as well. If you're looking for a new dentist, search no further!

Susie L.

Very personable and friendly, they took the time to go over my complex dental history and did not pressure me into anything. They gave their recommendations and priced out any options I had. Great group!

Camille Y.

Dr. Gilreath and his staff are top notch. I received the best cleaning I've ever had while watching my favorite show. The Doctor and his staff were all very polite, friendly, and courteous. They explained everything to me clearly and presented me with options in a gentle way that didn't make me feel pressured at all. It's obvious they really care about the wellbeing of their patients. The facility and equipment is really nice as well. I will definitely be back!

Juan R.

Always willing to work around my kids and my schedules. Today I had a long appointment. They started on time and always made sure I was comfortable and that the pain was managed so the procedure could’ve been completed without issues. Very courteous and professional staff.

Lucia B.

Awesome dental practice! The staff is friendly and efficient. Dr. Gilreath is thorough and versed in the latest technology and procedures. I love that he can make crowns in the office while you wait (so no walking around with a temporary crown for days or weeks). I would strongly recommend this dental practice!

Matthew W.

I've been going here for about a little over a year now. I've had a few cleanings, a filling, and started Invisiline so far. Hands down, the best run dental office I've ever been to. In the past at other dental offices I often had to wait 30 or more minutes beyond my appointment time before being seen. At Dr. Gilreath's office I've been seen on time every time. They seem to have systems in place to make every part of your visit run smoothly. From how they took x-rays, to billing and appointments, to the work done by the hygienist/dentist, everything seems to run like a well oiled machine. On top of that all the staff are all friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. The office space itself is also quite nice. Very clean, well maintained, and seems very "up to date" with their equipment. If you're looking for a dentist and are anywhere in the northwest metro area I would highly recommend Dr. Gilreath.

Jhion R.

The staff is always so courteous and personable. They make us feel like family every time we have an appointment. Service is excellent, too. My wife recently went for a cleaning and Dr. Gilreath noticed a chip in one of her fillings. He knew we recently had another baby and that her time was very limited so he went ahead and did the filling right then and there, an extra thirty minutes tops. Dr. Gilreath is always looking at the big picture and really knows his stuff. We will never go anywhere else

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Gilreath Family Dentistry

200 White St NW
Marietta, GA 30060

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