Tooth Whitening: Zoom Whitening & Bleaching
Tooth whitening or bleaching is a simple, non-invasive dental treatment used to dramatically change the color of natural tooth enamel. It 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 two most popular and effective methods involve a tooth whitening system that can either be used at home over a 2-3 week period or in our office for one and a half hours.
Since tooth whitening only works on natural tooth enamel, it is important to evaluate replacement of any old fillings and or crowns. Replacement of any restorations will be done after bleaching so they will match your 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 laye
- Stained teeth due to medications (tetracycline, etc.)
- Yellow, brown stained teeth
Tooth whitening take home procedure:
The take home tooth whitening procedure usually requires two visits. Initially, molds of your teeth will be taken to fabricate custom trays. Fluoride is usually prescribed to prevent sensitivity. At your second appointment, the trays are fit and delivered.
The trays are worn with a special whitening gel. Most patients will do two 30 minutes sessions for a couple of weeks, depending on the degree of staining and desired level of whitening. Occasionally some patients experience some tooth sensitivity during whitening. Any sensitivity will subside shortly after bleaching.
You will receive home care instructions for your teeth and trays, and be encouraged to visit your dentist regularly to help maintain a beautiful, healthy, white smile. Tooth Whitening In Office Procedure: ZOOM To learn more about Zoom Click Here