If you are concerned about the color of your teeth, one option to consider is having them professionally whitened. Whitening trays are a non-invasive option that require just one routine visit to the dentist. After they are made, they can be used and re-used by the patient at his/her convenience.

How Teeth Whitening Works

The first step starts with a conversation with your dentist. If Dr. Carlin or Dr. Chris think that whitening might be an option for you, they will take an impression of your teeth using a molding material. These molds will be used to make custom trays of your teeth that allow the whitening material to closely adapt to the teeth. After they are made, you will be able to use these trays on your own for whitening at your convenience. Drs. Carlin or Chris will help you come up with an in-home whitening schedule to produce your desired results.

Long Lasting Enhancements

No matter what kind of teeth whitening you pursue, it is important to understand that it is not permanent. The best way to maintain a healthy and white smile is to develop a regular whitening schedule to maintain the results you are satisfied with, with the help of your dentist. There are habits that lead to the staining of teeth and may lead to the need for regular whitening, including smoking cigarettes, or drinking coffee, tea, or red wine.


It is normal after a teeth whitening procedure for a patient to experience sensitivity in their teeth or gums. Your dentist may have some suggestions to help you deal with this possible discomfort, including limiting your intake of foods and beverages that are acidic, and using sensitivity toothpaste.

If you are unhappy with the color of your teeth and are considering whitening, schedule an appointment with Lawhead Family Dentistry. Dr. Carlin and Dr. Chris are happy to help you determine if your concerns about your smile can be treated with a teeth whitening procedure. Teeth whitening can be a quick and easy treatment option to help you regain confidence in your smile.