Teeth whitening procedures have become as affordable and popular as ever. We all dream of a white sparkling smile, but over time our teeth become darker due to mineral deposits within the outer layer of our teeth (enamel). The enamel is composed of microscopic crystalline rods and serves to protect our teeth from colored foods, sugars, chewing, and grating of the tooth.
Our in-office Zoom Brightening is the safest whitening method that will restore and enhance your teeth in the shortest period of time.
This is the safest method of bleaching and will produce immediate results. Understanding each patient case allows us to control gum and teeth sensitivity. We also offer bleaching trays for each patient so you can continue your whitening procedure at home.
Over time, teeth can lose their whiteness and become darker from bacteria, smoking, or simply eating and drinking certain things. Teeth whitening is a common procedure in cosmetic dentistry that can be the ideal solution for those with healthy, unrestored teeth with yellow tones.
There are several different systems that one can use to whiten their teeth, including special toothpastes, rinses, strips, gels, trays, and whitening agents.
Regular toothpaste removes surface stains using mild abrasives. Some toothpastes contain additional chemical agents that may provide more powerful stain removal. However, all toothpastes only deal with stains on the surface. If the discoloring is deeper than the surface, whitening toothpastes may not work.
Among the newest whitening products on the market are whitening rinses. Like mouthwashes, whitening rinses freshen breath and reduce plaque and gum disease. They also typically contain hydrogen peroxide, which help whiten teeth in about 12 weeks. Rinses work best if used twice a day for 60 seconds before brushing. Some experts have said that because the rinse is only in contact with the teeth for a short period of time, it is a less effective system than other over-the-counter products.
Whitening strips are a popular at-home system available in most stores. These store-bought products are less effective than alternative systems that are used in the dentist’s office. Results can often be seen within a few days and can last for abound four months.
Whitening gels are another option for teeth whitening. These gels are usually clear and peroxide-based and are applied with a small brush twice a day for two weeks. Results are similar to those seen in whitening strips.
Whitening trays are filled with gel and are worn in the mouth for a couple hours a day. The most effective trays match the form of the teeth in order to maximize the contact with the gel. Trays can be left in longer (sometimes overnight) to deal with more severe discoloration.
“A great guide for how white you want your teeth is to look into the whites of your eyes. If your teeth are whiter than your eyes, your teeth are too white and seem false. You want the focus to be towards your beautiful eyes and your white smile will naturally blend in.” – Dr. My G. Tran