Tooth Whitening at Pembroke Pines Dentist
Tooth whitening (or bleaching) is a simple, non-invasive dental treatment used to change the color of natural tooth enamel and is an ideal way to enhance the beauty of your smile.
Because having whiter teeth has now become the number one aesthetic concern of most patients, there are a number of ways to whiten teeth. The most popular method is using a home tooth whitening system that will whiten teeth dramatically. However, our office uses one of the leading tooth whitening systems on the market today. The Zoom! Tooth Whitening Systems whitens teeth in about an hour. Since tooth whitening only works on natural tooth enamel, it is important to evaluate replacement of any old fillings, crowns, etc. Replacement of any restorations will be done after bleaching so they will match the newly bleached teeth.
Tooth whitening is not permanent. A touch-up maybe needed every several years, and more often if you smoke, drink coffee, tea, or wine.
Reasons for tooth whitening:
- Fluorosis (excessive fluoridation during tooth development).
- Normal wear of outer tooth layer.
- Stained teeth due to medications (tetracycline, etc.).
- Yellow, brown stained teeth.
What does tooth whitening involve?
The Zoom! Tooth Whitening System is done during a single visit to the office. During your visit, your teeth will be isolated by placing gauze around the surrounding gingival tissue. A special whitening gel will be placed on the teeth and activated using a special light. After about an hour, teeth are dramatically whiter. During the same visit, molds will be taken of your teeth so that you can go home with tray for any touch-up treatment you may need in the future. The trays are worn with special whitening solution either twice a day for 30 minutes or overnight for a couple of days to touch-up the whitening results. It is normal to experience tooth sensitivity during the time you are whitening your teeth, but it will subside shortly after you have stopped bleaching.
You will receive care instructions for your teeth and trays, and be encouraged to visit your dentist regularly to help maintain a beautiful, healthy, white smile.