Professional Teeth Whitening
If you would like to improve the appearance of your smile without investing lots of time or energy in the process, professional teeth whitening can provide a perfect option. Dr. Ray and Dr. Natalie offer two options in teeth whitening to help you reveal your most attractive smile at the pace you are comfortable with: in-office Zoom! Whitening and take-home whitening.
Why Teeth Stain
There are a number of factors that may have caused your teeth to lose their luster over time. Or maybe your teeth have never been as white as you would like -- genetics also play a role in the color of your tooth enamel.
Some of the most common factors causing tooth staining or discoloration include:
- Frequent contact with highly pigmented foods and beverages, like coffee, wine, dark sodas, red fruits and vegetables, tomato sauces, and others
- Smoking or tobacco use
- Insufficient dental hygiene
- Certain medications, like tetracycline, can cause the teeth to take on a gray cast
No matter what caused your teeth to look less than their brightest, a professional teeth whitening treatment can provide significant help.
In-office whitening is a wonderful option for people with more flexible budgets who wish to reveal their results quickly. The Zoom! Whitening option works in a single visit to our office and can whiten teeth by up to 8 shades. It can erase even significant stains, like those left by medications.
To apply Zoom!, your dentist or hygienist uses a special barrier to cover your gums, tongue, and cheeks, leaving only your tooth enamel exposed. The Zoom! gel is then painted onto the surface of the teeth where it is activated under a special light in 3, 15-minute intervals. After the treatment is complete, you will take home a touch-up kit to use as needed, usually several months later.
Patients who are not in a hurry to enjoy their results may prefer a take-home treatment, which is completed over the course of one to two weeks. Your dentist creates customized trays that you will fill with the high-powered bleaching gel and wear for 20 to 30 minutes each night. The treatment is usually complete after one to two weeks.
Maintaining Your Results
We know you will love your bright white smile after the teeth whitening treatment is complete. To maintain your dazzling results, try to avoid the things that caused your tooth enamel to discolor in the first place -- like black coffee and dark sodas. If you can’t give them up, use a straw to prevent them from coming into contact with your tooth enamel.
Visiting your dentist every six months will also help your teeth continue to dazzle, since we will remove plaque, tartar, and finish the visit off with a thorough polish. That’ll keep you smiling healthy and bright for years to come!
Schedule an Appointment Today!
If you are interested in how we can help you enjoy a stunning smile with professional teeth whitening, we would love to discuss your treatment plan. You are invited to request an appointment at Painted Skies Dental Center today!