Aesthetic Dentistry

Teeth Whitening

In our office, we offer the following teeth whitening procedures as well as polishing and microabrasion. Ask us about which option is right for you.

GLO® Science PRO White

GLO® (Guided Light Optic) technology guarantees you the whitest, brightest smile in the dental office and at home, without the sensitivity. In office treatments are fast (32 minutes) with no more impressions or messy trays.

Zoom! In-Office Whitening System

Zoom! Chairside Whitening is a safe, effective, and very fast tooth whitening procedure that is scientifically advanced and patent pending. The Zoom! In-Office Whitening System will make your teeth dramatically whiter in less than an hour. The procedure is simple. It 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 was 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. With proper care your smile will sparkle for years.

 

Three standard methods of teeth whitening are teeth polishing, teeth bleaching, and microabrasion, all of which brighten the appearance of your smile.

Tooth Polishing

Tooth polishing is the best option for those with slight surface staining and those seeking a natural look rather than a bright white smile, and those looking for a cost-effective way to brighten their smile.

The result is achieved by using a combination of a slow-speed hand piece and a special stain removing polish.

Teeth Bleaching

The bleaching process uses a strong oxidizing agent to lighten the teeth such as hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide.

It can be done in the dental office with a more concentrated solution with a special bleaching light or laser, or at home using a customized tray with a less concentrated bleaching gel.

Microabrasion

Microabrasion is the process of rubbing a special concentrated stain-removing compound on the teeth to remove very white or brown enamel stains over a series of appointments.

Maintaining Whitened Teeth

Ideally, you should brush your teeth after every meal with a whitening toothpaste, but at the very least, a nightly brushing with a good stain-removing toothpaste will help. Allowing food staining particles to remain on your teeth can lead to discoloration.

If your teeth tend to stain rapidly after a professional cleaning. Use a straw when drinking coffee or tea to help the liquid bypass your teeth, maintaining whiteness. Refrain from smoking, a major cause of discoloration which quickly stains your whitened teeth.

Follow a professional bleaching appointment with a home-based whitening kit. Ask your doctor about special kits offered at the office and have the procedure repeated as often as needed.

Bleaching Teeth In Office

Bleaching healthy teeth that are discolored is an effective procedure, but you should know some important information before deciding to have this procedure accomplished on your teeth:

1. Bleaching is the most conservative and least expensive procedure available to whiten live, stained teeth.
2. Bleaching teeth at home is an alternative to in-office bleaching, and it should be considered.
3. Bleaching in the dental office requires one or more 30- to 60-minute appointments.
4. Slight to moderate tooth discolorations can usually be removed successfully.
5. Some teeth whiten easily, but others bleach less successfully. The only way to determine the bleaching potential of your teeth is to accomplish the bleaching procedure and evaluate the results.
6. Bleaching in the dental office may be somewhat uncomfortable during bleaching and for a short time after the procedure.
7. If discoloration is severe, crowns or veneers are usually more acceptable treatment to lighten tooth color.
8. Your bleached teeth will require retreatment occasionally to maintain the color to which they have been bleached.

Tooth discoloration may be caused by aging, consumption of staining substances such as coffee, tea, colas, tobacco, red wine, etc., or consumption of certain antibiotics or excessive fluoride during tooth formation. Almost anyone can benefit from tooth whitening. However, treatment may not be as effective for some as it is for others. At your next appointment, ask if you are a viable candidate for this procedure. The degree of whiteness will vary from patient to patient, depending on the structure of the teeeth.

Extensive research and clinical studies indicate that whitening teeth under the supervision of a dentist is safe. However, teeth whitening products are not recommended for children under 13 years of age and pregnant or lactating women.

Bleaching Teeth Outside Office

Bleaching must be accomplished before doing any fillings, crowns, bridges, or partial dentures. Please advise us if you want to lighten your teeth. Hydrogen peroxide has been used successfully for many years to lighten the color of teeth. Originally, it was applied only by dentists. Now, patients may also apply bleaching gels to their teeth at home. Althought tooth bleaching compounds can be purchased by patients in pharmacies or grocery stores, the most effective bleaching techniques may be obtained from dentists. It is preferable for dentists or dental staff to supervise bleaching. If bleaching is not supervised, crowns and fillings present in your mouth may not match natural tooth structure after bleaching. Bleaching teeth with peroxide contained in special trays outside the dental office is the most popular method to achieve whitening of teeth.

Potential Side Effects:

1. Tooth Sensitivity: This condition can be minimized if bleaching times are reduced, or it is eliminated if bleaching is discontinues for a few days. Post-bleaching application of fluoride reduces sensitivity.

2.Gum Tenderness: Occasionally, gum tissues become irritated, and sometimes a harmless, mild sloughing of the superficial layers of the gum occurs. Reduction of bleaching time or elimination of harmless, mild bleach stops the sloughing.