As we age, our teeth lose the brilliant whiteness that implies good dental health and youth. The unsightly stains associated with tobacco, dark liquids, and other factors can leave us feeling less-than-confident about our smiles. Fortunately, there is a simple solution to this dental problem: cosmetic tooth whitening. Our practice provides convenient, take-home tooth-whitening programs and in-office ZOOM! tooth whitening to our patients.
In-Office Tooth Whitening
Professional tooth whitening System
The ZOOM! Chairside Whitening system is a scientifically advanced, tooth whitening procedure. It is a safe and effective procedure. Your teeth will become dramatically whiter in less than hour! It is an ideal procedure for anyone looking for immediate results. The convenience of ZOOM! in comparison to days of wearing trays or strips makes it the perfect choice for the busy individual.
The procedure begins with a short preparation to cover your lips and gums, leaving only your teeth exposed. The ZOOM! clinician then applies the proprietary ZOOM! whitening gel, which is designed to be used with a specially designed light. The ZOOM! light and gel work together to gently penetrate your teeth, breaking up stains and discoloration.
The complete procedure takes less than an hour. Following the preparation period, three cycles of 15 minutes each totally to 45 minutes completes the procedure.
Take-home Tooth Whitening
These kits contain a customized tray that is made from custom molds of your teeth and whitening gel made of hydrogen peroxide. The patient usually wears the trays and gel for approximately thirty minutes two times per day until their teeth have reached the desired shade.
Is whitening safe?
Yes. Extensive research and clinical studies indicate that whitening teeth under the supervision of a dentist is safe. It is not recommended to children under the age of 13 years of age and pregnant or lactating women.
How long do the results last?
To keep your teeth looking their best, we recommend flossing, brushing twice daily along with regular professional cleaning. Occasional touch ups with the specially designed touch up kits help keep your teeth their brightest. These touch up kits can be purchased at the office. It should be noted that tooth whitening treatments have no effect on the artificial materials used for bonds, veneers, or capped teeth.
How does the ZOOM! in office system work?
Hydrogen peroxide is the active ingredient in the whitening gel. As the hydrogen peroxide is broken down, oxygen enters the enamel and dentin, bleaching the colored substances while the structure of the tooth is unchanged.The ZOOM! light aids in activating the hydrogen peroxide and increases the effectiveness of the whitening gel.
Are there any side effects?
Sensitivity during the treatment may occur with some patients. The ZOOM! light generates minimal heat which may be the source of discomfort. Minor tingling sensation may be experienced after the procedure which may last for a couple of days, but will always dissipate. Your dentist may recommend the application of a flouride gel after the procedure to relieve the symptoms.
Take your first step to feeling good, looking great and making a memorable impression every time you smile. You owe it to yourself!
Call our office today to schedule your bleaching appointment!
(A cleaning is recommended prior to the whitening session)