Keeping our teeth their whitest is a lot harder than it sounds. With all the coffee, wine, smoking and other foods that have the ability to stain our teeth on a daily basis, even proper maintenance sometimes leaves them a little lackluster. Teeth whitening is an excellent way to restore the natural color of your teeth.
Teeth Whitening is a cost effective and safe procedure to create a beautiful, healthy smile.
Teeth Whitening must be monitored by your dentist and should only be done after a dental exam and hygiene cleaning.
The whitening process can last for a number of years if maintained properly. Beverages such as coffee, tea, cola and wine will reduce the lasting effect. Remember, if it could stain a white shirt, it will stain your smile!
There are several types of whitening procedures that can be done at our office.
- An in office procedure called ZOOM!
- A take home tray system.
Zoom! is performed in our office. Whitening gel is carefully applied to your teeth. Due to the higher concentration of the carbamide peroxide gel, (similar to hydrogen peroxide), special precautions are made to isolate the gums from the teeth preventing contamination of the gel on the gum tissue (this could cause gum sensitivity and irritation). Using a special light source, the gel is activated, initiating the whitening process. Surface stains and stains imbedded in the tooth porosities are oxidized away leaving teeth that are lighter and brighter. Results vary from person to person. Ask one of our dentists if you are a good candidate!
Our take home bleaching trays offer a second option for bleaching your teeth. Molds of your upper and lower teeth are made allowing the laboratory to fabricate bleaching trays that are customized to fit your mouth. The bleaching gel (a lower concentration than the Zoom! gel) is applied into the trays and the trays are placed in your mouth for 1-2 hours per day for up to 14 days. Incremental changes occur daily and at the end of 2 weeks a noticeable result is evident.
Teeth whitening are not for everyone. Discuss with your dentist to determine if you are a good candidate and if teeth whitening is right for you.