Professional Teeth Whitening in Somerset, KY

The team at Southern Dental Group frequently encounters patients who are unhappy with the shade of their teeth. We also meet patients who want to boost their smile affordably. These are the reasons we offer professional teeth whitening in Somerset, KY.

As you age, you might notice that your smile is just not as white as it used to be. If you drink coffee or use tobacco, stains can build up even more quickly, leaving you with a yellow or brown smile.

Even everyday foods and beverages can cause your teeth to lose the brightness of your youth, and a yellow smile might make you feel self-conscious about your appearance. We can help!

Whether you have a special event coming up, like a wedding, class reunion, vacation, or holiday, or you just want to look and feel your best daily, we offer both take-home and in-office professional teeth whitening treatments that bring fabulous results.

If you’re looking for professional teeth whitening in Somerset, KY, get in touch with our dental office today at (606) 678-0874 or schedule online for convenience.

You can also check out a few of our frequently asked questions below to help you learn more about professional teeth whitening.


Am I a good candidate for professional teeth whitening?

The best way to determine whether you’re a good candidate for professional teeth whitening is to schedule an appointment with Dr. Pope. He will assess the health of your teeth and gums to determine whether a professional teeth whitening treatment is safe for you.

If you have restorations or dental health issues, this doesn’t necessarily count you out! Dr. Pope will discuss options with you and make appropriate recommendations based on your specific oral health profile.

Do you offer in-office professional teeth whitening?

For our patients who want instant results, we offer ZOOM professional teeth whitening at our Somerset, KY dental office. When you choose our in-office whitening option, you will leave the same day with a whiter and brighter smile.

We place whitening gel on your teeth and cure it with a special light for about 15 to 20 minutes. Then we repeat the process up to four times per visit. By the time the process is complete, you can leave with a significantly whiter smile.

This option is perfect for our patients who want instant results or who do not have a couple of weeks to complete the whitening process—if you have a wedding or vacation waiting, for example. In-office teeth whitening in Somerset, KY is both convenient and effective. 

A whiter smile can make you look and feel great. When you are proud of the way you look, your confidence shows. We look forward to helping you determine the whitening option that works best for you.

How does at-home professional teeth whitening work?

We create a custom take-home teeth whitening system to fit your teeth exactly so that you can achieve outstanding results.

The process starts with impressions of your teeth in order to make your personal whitening trays. Your trays will be thin, flexible, and easy to use. You place a small amount of professional whitening gel for each tooth, and your trays hold the gel in place, eliminating stains from the surface of your teeth.

You can use your whitening system in the convenience of your own home. Our take-home teeth whitening system is both affordable and effective. You can brighten your smile by several shades after a week or two of regular use.

Before we send you home with your professional whitening system, we will go over the instructions in detail so you can achieve your whitest smile. We will also take a before-and-after image of your teeth to measure your results.

Is professional teeth whitening safe?

Professional teeth whitening in our Somerset, KY dental office is safe because treatments are prescribed under the discretion of dental professionals. Whitening your teeth without a professional on your side, however, may not be safe!

With the take-home option, your mouth tray is custom designed to fit your teeth snuggly but comfortably. This prevents the prescription-strength gel from spilling over to your gums and cheeks.

It’s also important to follow the instructions provided by our dental office when you whiten your teeth at home.

Our patients have been very happy with their results following professional teeth whitening—both at home and in office!

Will professional teeth whitening make my teeth sensitive?

If you follow the instructions provided by our dental office, tooth sensitivity should not be a long-term problem.

Sometimes, however, you may experience temporary sensitivity that wears off on its own. Generally, we recommend holding off on whitening for a few days until this sensitivity resolves.

To avoid temporary sensitivity make sure you’re using only a dot of your prescription gel per tooth and not overfilling your custom whitening tray. 

If you have questions about the instructions we’ve provided, never hesitate to contact our staff. Usually, a few recommendations from a team member helps to eliminate sensitivity and you can continue whitening as usual.

How long will my professional teeth whitening results last?

Professional teeth whitening with our ZOOM system can last up to two years. However, this is based on your dietary choices. For example, drinking a lot of coffee or consuming other tooth-staining foods can shorten this window. Also, smoking and certain medications play a role in how long your results last.

If you have a custom tray and professional teeth whitening gel from our office, you can do periodic touch ups at home, too.

Always ask a member of our team for helpful tips to get the most out of your professional teeth whitening treatments in Somerset, KY.

What can I do to prevent tooth stains in the future?

Teeth discolor for a number of different reason including the foods we eat, the beverages we drink, the medications we take, and the lifestyle habits we choose. Age may also play a role in tooth color. When teeth are yellow, it can make you look older, too.

Dr. Pope recommends periodic touch ups with our at-home professional teeth whitening system, brushing and flossing regularly, and seeing our hygienist twice per year for regular teeth cleanings.

Healthy teeth can look whiter with proper maintenance and by avoiding foods and beverages that cause discoloration.

Is a store-bought teeth-whitening product also a good option?

The Southern Dental Group team do not recommend store-bought or internet purchased teeth-whitening products for several reasons.

First, most of our patients are disheartened by their results. Their teeth were not white enough following store-bought therapy and even these results didn’t last.

Also, when professional teeth whitening treatments are not prescribed by dental professionals, it is hard to determine whether the product is right for your oral health profile. In other words, we can’t predict whether the product will cause burning or sensitivity.

Professional teeth whitening in our Somerset, KY dental office begins with an assessment. Through this assessment, we determine which products are safe for you.

With professional teeth whitening, the process is designed to lift stains away from tooth enamel; this includes the tiny pores in your teeth where stubborn stains hide and discolor teeth. Over-the-counter products are unable to penetrate in this way.

Can I pair a professional teeth whitening treatment with another cosmetic dental option?

Often patients want whiter teeth so they can choose a brighter restoration—porcelain veneers, for example.

Sometimes, following Invisalign treatment, a patient has straight teeth and is now anxious to have whiter teeth, too. We understand. And we love to help our patients reach their smile goals.

The best course is to schedule an appointment with Dr. Pope to discuss cosmetic dental options and the goals you have for your smile. He will thoroughly assess your teeth and gum health and recommend the safest and best treatments or procedures to compliment your professional teeth whitening and help you achieve the smile of your dreams.

At Southern Dental Group, it’s all about you and your smile!