Teeth Whitening

Richard Rhoads, Jr., DDS -  - General Dentist

Smiles By The Lake

Richard Rhoads, Jr., DDS

General Dentist & Cosmetic Dentist located in Overland Park, KS

If you want a bright, brilliant smile, why wait any longer? At Smiles by the Lake of Overland Park, Kansas, you can find a variety of options to improve the appearance of your teeth, including both at-home and in-office treatments. Richard Rhoads, Jr., DDS, and his experienced team are now offering their patients the GLO Science Pro™ whitening system, a cutting-edge technique that’s the latest development in whitening technology. For more information or to make an appointment, call the office today or use the online scheduling tool.

Teeth Whitening

What is teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening is a process that uses a peroxide-based bleaching agent to help your teeth achieve the bright and brilliant shine you’ve always wanted. With both in-office and at-home treatments available, you have a wealth of options to choose from, and Dr. Rhoads can help you decide which one is right for you. Generally, Dr. Rhoads recommends the GLO system for teeth whitening due to its combination of convenience and effectiveness.

How does teeth whitening work?

Both in-office and at-home treatments begin with applying the bleaching agent to your teeth. The bleaching agent used in an at-home treatment is typically weaker than the one used by Dr. Rhoads, usually somewhere between 3% and 15% peroxide as opposed to the range of 20% to 40% found in in-office treatments. As a general rule, the more peroxide the bleaching agent contains, the greater its whitening power. However, these more powerful bleaches can harm the teeth if applied for too long, so they are best if used under the supervision of a doctor.

Dr. Rhoads applies the bleaching agent either directly to the teeth or into a tray-shaped mouthguard that you’ll wear for a few minutes. He often uses light or heat to increase the effectiveness of the bleaching agent. Depending on the type of whitening you’ve chosen, you may be done in one visit of one to two hours, or you may have your treatment in several shorter visits. The GLO system that Dr. Rhoads recommends is typically done in just one visit.

What is the GLO Science Pro teeth-whitening system?

While many teeth-whitening systems use heat and light to help bleaching agents work quicker and more effectively, the GLO system uses a lighted mouthguard to achieve optimum whitening results. With the GLO mouthguard, you can be sure you’re getting a comprehensive whitening treatment on every visible surface of your teeth.

You get your first treatment with the GLO system in the office where the team shows you the step-by-step process of how to use it yourself. Then, you take a GLO mouthguard home to keep up the process of whitening on your own schedule. The GLO system represents the best of both worlds between in-office and at-home treatments and is on the cutting-edge of teeth-whitening solutions.

If you’re interested in a brighter, more confident smile, call the office today or make an appointment online.