Tooth whitening (or bleaching) is a non-invasive and easy dental treatment that enhances the beauty of your smile by changing the natural color of your tooth enamel.
White teeth are the number one aesthetic concern among most dental patients. As a result, a number of ways to brighten your teeth. Home tooth whitening systems are the most popular method. However, our office can whiten your teeth is about an hour with one of the leading tooth whitening systems available, Zoom! Tooth Whitening Systems. It’s important to consider replacing any old crowns, fillings, crowns, etc. because tooth whitening is only effective on natural tooth enamel. Replacing restorations will be conducted after bleaching so that they will match your new white smile.
Since tooth whitening isn’t permanent, a touch-up might be necessary every few years. Touch-ups will be more often if you smoke, drink wine, coffee, or tea.
Reasons for tooth whitening:
- Brown or yellow stained teeth.
- Normal wear of outer tooth layer.
- Excessive fluoridation during tooth development (fluorosis).
- Stained teeth from medications (tetracycline, etc.).
What does tooth whitening involve?
It only takes a single appointment to whiten your smile with the Zoom! Tooth Whitening System. During your appointment, your teeth is isolated by using gauze to cover gingival tissue. A special whitening gel is then placed on your teeth and activated by a special light. Within the hour, your teeth are whitened dramatically. Molds will also be taken of your teeth so that you can touch-up your smile at home. These trays, along with a special whitening solution, is used either overnight for a couple of days or twice a day for 30 minutes to touch-up the whitening results. Tooth sensitivity during the treatment is normal, but it will stop soon after the bleaching has ended.
Your dentist will give your care instructions for your teeth and trays. Additionally, you will be encouraged to visit your dentist regularly in order to maintain a healthy, beautiful, and white smile.
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