Everyone knows that a beautiful smile is a great asset which can be used to connect with the people around you and make you feel good in yourself. Unfortunately, even the brightest of smiles can lose its dazzle due to lifestyle choices and the effects of aging. Daily activities such as smoking and drinking coffee or red wine can all stain the teeth, and as we get older, our teeth also take on a darker color. The good news is that teeth whitening can brighten your teeth and bring back your smile.
Teeth whitening is a procedure which involves removing stains and discoloration from the teeth and brightening them by several shades using a bleaching agent. We use the Zoom method of teeth whitening which is safe, fast, and very effective and since we offer two forms of whitening treatment, patients can choose whichever is best for them.
The Zoom! in-office whitening system is ideal for anyone looking for immediate results and is often the choice of people who have a special event to attend such as a wedding or graduation. During the procedure, the gums are protected with a soft covering to prevent any bleaching agent from damaging them, and then the whitening gel is applied to the teeth. A special Zoom lamp is then shone on to the teeth to activate and accelerate the hydrogen peroxide bleaching agent. The light breaks down the hydrogen peroxide allowing oxygen to penetrate the enamel and dentin of the teeth, and to bleach colored substances, leaving the tooth structure intact. The entire procedure lasts little more than an hour, and since there is no need to wear trays for days on end, it’s a convenient choice for people who lead busy lives.
Home bleaching is a more gradual approach to teeth whitening which is carried out in the comfort of your own home at your convenience. We start by taking an impression of your mouth and teeth so that we can fabricate a custom-fitted tray. Once the tray is ready, you’ll be asked back so that we can check the fit and give you instructions as to how to use the whitening gel. Typically the tray will be filled with the whitening gel and worn at home for a certain period of time, usually twice a day for two hours. The time taken to whiten your teeth varies from one individual to another, but you should see results within two weeks. When carried out under the supervision of a dentist, home teeth whitening is very effective.
If cared for properly, your teeth should retain their whiteness for several years, although you may want to touch-up the results from time-to-time.
If you’re interested in getting your teeth whitened, contact us today at (954) 281-7519 to learn more.