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By Elite Smiles
January 24, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  

Tooth enamel is hard but also porous, absorbing whatever you eat, drink or smoke. Over time, your smile can fade and darken. At Elite Smiles in Morrisville, Dr. Geetha Sripathi is the dentist to consult about brightening your teeth. She offers professional teeth whitening to give patients just like you the smile boosts they need.

What is teeth whitening?

The Oral Health Foundation succinctly defines teeth whitening as a professional way to brighten teeth without removing any enamel. Consisting of potent hydrogen peroxide gel, teeth whitening applications penetrate deep into enamel, effectively lifting out staining organic matter from foods, beverages, tobacco or some prescriptions (such as antihistamines).

Dr. Sripathi delivers this popular service to older teens and adults who have no decay or gum disease. Often, whitening completes a comprehensive smile makeover which includes porcelain veneers, composite resin bonding and other aesthetic treatments this skilled dentist offers in her Morrisville office.

The whitening treatment

At Elite Smiles, you may choose between in-office or at-home whitening. Both are fully supervised by your dental team so you know your teeth and gums will whiten safely and effectively--often up to eight shades in color.

If you choose in-office whitening, you'll spend about an hour in the dental chair. Your dentist will install a protective dam in your mouth and paint the whitening gel on your teeth. Rinsed off and re-applied, the gel lightens the enamel.

With the at-home version, you use custom-made whitening trays to apply the gel. You wear these acrylic appliances for a specified amount of time daily as your dentist prescribes.

Keeping a white smile

The effects of your whitening treatment can last for years. Just be sure to:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day.
  • Floss around and between your teeth daily for healthier gums and fewer dental stains.
  • Get semi-annual cleanings and exams at Elite Smiles, along with whitening touch-ups as needed.
  • Stop smoking.
  • Drink your coffee, tea, and cola with a straw.
  • Up your intake of water as it increases saliva which keeps your teeth cleaner and whiter naturally.


Love your bright teeth

Teeth whitening from Elite Smiles in Morrisville is easy and budget-friendly. Best of all, it really works. Why not take years of stains off your smile? Call Dr. Geetha Sripathi for your cosmetic dentistry consultation: (919) 388-0137.

By Elite Smiles
June 09, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  

Teeth whitening or bleaching is one of the most affordable and least invasive ways of improving your smile. Although the effect fades with time, whitening can make dull and dingy teeth more attractive in short order.

Teeth whitening is also unique among cosmetic dental procedures in that you can do it yourself at home. While professional bleaching solutions are stronger and capable of greater brightness and longevity, you can still achieve good results with a DIY kit.

If you decide to whiten at home, though, there are a few things to keep mind for a desirable and safe outcome. Here are 3 tips for successful DIY teeth whitening.

Follow the directions. It's not a good idea, both for a successful and safe outcome, to stray away from a kit manufacturer's recommended directions. FDA-approved home kits usually contain 10% or less of carbamide peroxide (one of the more common bleaching agents). That may not seem very strong but it's adequate within the recommended time it remains on your teeth to achieve an effective whitening effect. Exceeding those directions could permanently damage your tooth enamel.

Make sure a home kit will work on your staining. Home whitening kits only affect outer staining on tooth enamel. But dental discoloration can also arise from inside a tooth, often because of trauma, tetracycline use, or as a side effect of a root canal treatment. This kind of internal staining requires a special procedure usually performed by an endodontist to reduce it. So, see your dentist first to make sure your teeth are healthy enough for whitening and that a home kit will work for you.

Get your dentist's advice on home kits. There are a number of whitening applications on the market you can choose, so ask your dentist for recommendations. They can also give you some helpful tips on the whitening process to ensure you'll be safe and successful in your efforts.

Here's a couple of other things to remember to enhance your teeth whitening experience: whether you whiten your teeth at home or with the dentist, be sure you continue to care for your teeth with daily brushing and flossing. And, if you limit your consumption of foods and beverages known to stain teeth, you'll help extend the duration of your brighter smile.

If you would like more information on teeth whitening procedures, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Tooth Whitening Safety Tips.”

By Elite Smiles
September 22, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  

A relatively easy and inexpensive way to improve your smile is to whiten your teeth. In fact, you may even be able to do it yourself at home. Although there are differences between at-home and professional whitening, the former can still be effective.

That effectiveness, though, might be dependent on how well you understand what home whitening can do and what it can’t. So before you purchase your kit, here are a few things to know about DIY teeth whitening.

Home kits are safe—when used as directed. Although nothing in life is completely risk-free, home whitening kits are relatively safe. But only if you follow the directions: If you overuse the bleaching solution beyond its intended use, you could wind up with permanent damage to your tooth enamel that can be costly to treat.

Bleaching solutions are relatively mild. Nearly all home kits use carbamide peroxide, a form of hydrogen peroxide, as their bleaching agent. Home kits usually contain no more than 10% of this agent, much lower than professional solutions. Used as directed, this amount of bleaching agent poses little to no risk to dental or general health. On the other hand, the weaker home kit solution does limit the extent of brightness you can achieve compared to stronger professional treatments.

For top results (or certain conditions), consider professional whitening. While you can obtain good results with a home whitening kit, professional whitening provides more precise brightness control and range, and may possibly last longer. That’s because your dentist has more advanced techniques and equipment, as well as stronger bleaching solutions. And, if your discoloration originates inside your teeth, a home kit won’t help—only a dentist can address that kind of discoloration.

Even if you decide to “go solo,” your dentist can still give you advice on what to look for in a home kit, as well as tips for the actual procedure. But whether you whiten at home or let your dentist do it, teeth whitening can take years off your smile and give you a more attractive look.

If you would like more information on teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Tooth Whitening Safety Tips: Are Bleaching Products Safe?

By Elite Smiles
August 03, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  

Teeth WhiteningTo achieve a whiter smile, do you have to get expensive crowns or veneers? The answer is no! At Elite Smiles in Morrisville, NC, Dr. Geetha Sripathi offers quick and easy teeth whitening processes which dramatically improve tooth color by many shades. And, because your procedure is professionally supervised, you know your teeth and gums will feel just fine afterwards. Learn more here about this popular cosmetic dental treatment.

How teeth become stained

Why does a material as hard as tooth enamel acquire discolorations? Frankly, while tooth enamel is highly calcified, it's also porous because it consists of a network of fibers. Organic matter from smoking, food, and beverages stick in this network and change tooth color over time. Age, with its thinning tooth enamel, certain prescription medications, oral injury, poor brushing and flossing, and even heredity all contribute to tooth color.

Overall, patients should have realistic expectations regarding smile brightness. Plus, as the Journal of Dentistry reports, even dentists vary in what they believe to be optimal tooth color in relation to a person's age, gender, skin tone, and overall facial appearance.

What is teeth whitening?

It's a great way to a brighter, more youthful-looking smile. Dear Doctor magazine reports that whitening with your Morrisville dentist improves tooth color, and the shade will remain brighter for up to two years or even longer with consistent oral hygiene and dietary habits.

Dr. Sripathi offers both in-office and at-home versions. Both use powerful hydrogen peroxide gel to lift staining organic matter from tooth enamel and dentin, the second, more sensitive and yellow, tooth layer.

Superior to over-the-counter products which can be ineffective and often cause gum and dental sensitivity, professional whitening is completely safe. The at-home version uses customized acrylic trays to deliver the gel to tooth surfaces on a daily basis. Generally, it takes a week to complete the process.

With the in-office version, Dr. Sripathi applies the gel and allows it to penetrate. Then, it's rinsed off, leaving teeth up to eight shades whiter in just about one hour.

Will it work for you?

Dr. Sripathi can help you determine that with a cosmetic dentistry consultation at her office in Morrisville. She'll make sure your gums and teeth are healthy enough for whitening and help you determine if whitening would be your best aesthetic treatment.

Contact us

Dr. Sripathi and her dedicated team at Elite Smiles enjoy helping people look and feel their very best. Call today for your personal consultation in Morrisville, NC: (919) 388-0137.


Academy Award-winning actress Kathy Bates knows how important it is to present your best face to the world — and one of the most important features of that face is a beaming smile. But there came a point when she noticed something was a little off. “I've always had good teeth, but it seemed to me as I was getting older that they weren't looking as good,” Kathy explained in a recent interview with Dear Doctor magazine.

That's when she decided it was time to take action. Kathy had orthodontic treatment when she was in her fifties, and she keeps her smile bright with tooth whitening treatments. She uses a kit provided by her dentist with a safe, effective whitening solution.

Of course, a bright, healthy smile looks great anywhere — whether you're on the red carpet or “off the grid.” And you don't have to be a Hollywood star to have professional whitening treatments. In fact, teeth whitening is one of the most popular and affordable cosmetic treatments modern dentistry offers.

The basic options for professional teeth whitening include in-office bleaching or take-home kits. Both types of dentist-supervised treatments offer a safe and effective means of getting a brighter smile; the main difference is how long they take to produce results. A single one-hour treatment in the office can make your teeth up to ten shades lighter — a big difference! To get that same lightening with at-home trays, it would take several days. On the plus side, the take-home kit is less expensive, and can achieve the same results in a bit more time.

It's important to note that not all teeth can be whitened with these treatments. Some teeth have intrinsic (internal) stains that aren't affected by external agents like bleaches. Also, teeth that have been restored (with bonding or veneers, for example) generally won't change color. And you can't necessarily whiten your teeth to any degree: Every tooth has a maximum whiteness, and adding more bleach won't lighten it beyond that level. Most people, however, find that teeth whitening treatments produce noticeable and pleasing results.

What about those off-the-shelf kits or in-the-mall kiosks? They might work… or they might not. But one thing's for sure: Without a dentist's supervision, you're on your own. That's the main reason why you should go with a pro if you're considering teeth whitening. We not only ensure that your treatment is safe — we can also give you a realistic idea of what results to expect, and we will make sure that other dental problems aren't keeping you from having a great-looking smile.

How often does Kathy Bates see her dentist for a checkup and cleaning? “I go about every four months,” she noted. “I'm pretty careful about it.” And if you've seen her smile, you can tell that it pays off. If you would like more information about teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule an appointment. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Important Teeth Whitening Questions Answered” and “Teeth Whitening.”