Teeth discoloration is at times inevitable due to intrinsic factors like age and medical conditions. Other factors that can cause teeth discoloration include; drinking alcohol and smoking, poor oral hygiene, and diet. Although you can do nothing about age, you can address the extrinsic factors with teeth whitening. Before you can begin the treatment, here are five facts you need to know.
Teeth whitening, a cosmetic dentistry service, is used to remove stains from your teeth and brighten them. The treatment is available in two versions: the professional and at-home teeth whitening treatments. The two offer the same results but at different levels.
Both the in-office and at-home teeth whitening contain peroxide levels, but the professional treatment is higher and offers the best results.
At the Great Smile Family dental clinic, we offer the Zoom Teeth whitening treatment. This is a quick teeth whitening treatment that provides fast results in a short period, mostly an hour. The dentist will apply hydrogen peroxide solution on your teeth and use a zoom ultraviolet light to break it down and hasten the process.
The teeth whitening treatment is applied in three 15-minutes sets to achieve the best results.
We recommend professional teeth whitening as the dentist can protect your gums from irritation.
Keep in mind that, the Zoom light produces minimal heat which can cause discomfort, but it will disappear immediately.
After the Zoom treatment, the dentist will give you a Zoom kit to use at home. These kits include custom-fitted trays that will help to touch-up and maintain the teeth white.
Although we don’t recommend at-home teeth whitening products, it is worth mentioning them. Over-the-counter whitening products contain about three percent peroxide which may not be effective in removing the stains. Furthermore, they cause tooth sensitivity and may irritate the gums. Some of the available options include gels, stipes, mouthwashes, and toothpaste.
If you are interested in home whitening kits, you can talk to the dentist to customize whitening trays for you.
Teeth whitening treatment is ideal for people with healthy teeth and gums, natural teeth free of any dental restoration and patients with mild to moderate discoloration.
Other factors that can prevent you from getting teeth whitening include pregnancy, age (children below 16 years), sensitive teeth, allergies, gum disease, worn-out enamel, and cavities. People with unrealistic expectations may also be disappointed as they may not get the results they desire.
The teeth whitening starts with consultation and color recording for reference. The dentist will apply a protective gel on your gums to shield against irritation. Next, they will apply a hydrogen peroxide paste on the teeth surface and use a high-powered light to break the peroxide solution and speed up the whitening process.
The whitening gel is applied for 15 minutes before being repeated three times.
Although teeth whitening is considered safe, you may experience some side effects like tooth sensitivity which will diminish with time. The dentist may prescribe potassium nitrate and sodium fluoride to lower sensitivity.
You may also experience gum irritation especially if the peroxide comes into contact with the gums.
Teeth whitening doesn’t last for a lifetime. Your teeth will get discolored again especially due to age and diet. You can, however, slow down the process with these tips:
Teeth whitening is an effective way of maintaining your teeth white and bright. Although the results may not last for a lifetime, you can maintain the results for 12 months with regular teeth whitening. So, contact us for an appointment with our dentist to remove stains and brighten your smile.