Tooth whitening (or bleaching) is a simple, non-invasive dental treatment used to change the color of natural tooth enamel and 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 most popular method is using a home tooth whitening system that will whiten teeth dramatically. Since tooth whitening only works on natural tooth enamel, it is important to evaluate replacement of any old fillings, crowns, etc. Replacement of any restorations will be done after bleaching so they will match the 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 layer.
Stained teeth due to medications (tetracycline, etc.).
- Yellow, brown stained teeth.
At DAOE we use the Phillips® Zoom!® professional in-office whitening system. It is fast and effective in whitening your teeth and takes about an hour to complete. We recommend all of our patients have a regular cleaning before this procedure to ensure your teeth are whitened to the fullest.
The dental assistant applies the Zoom!® hydrogen peroxide whitening gel, which works together with the Zoom!® light to penetrate the teeth and break down stains and tooth discoloration. The gel is applied for three, 15 minute sessions of light activation. The results from Zoom!® whitening can be immediate. The patient is given take-home custom trays to maintain their new glowing smile.
Zoom!® has many advantages over these other treatments, including:
All teeth treated simultaneously.
Faster treatment times.
Longer lasting results.
Removal of stains on crowns, veneers and other restorations.
Safe procedure and treatment.
Treatments are performed by an experienced professional.
Please visit the Zoom!® tab under our Technology section for more information.
We also offer Opalescence® Go for our patients who have tooth sensitivity, prefer to bleach at home, or for those that are looking for a more cost effective way to brighten their smile. Opalescence® Go is perfect for the budget minded patient looking for a professional alternative to over-the-counter whiteners.
Opalescence® Go take home trays are pre-filled whitening trays that contain 10% hydrogen peroxide and fit over your teeth. They do not require dental impressions, models, or lab time. They can be worn for 30-60 mins once a day for five to ten days. The gel is safe and effective and designed to prevent leakage of the bleach on to the gum tissue. The gel also contains potassium nitrate and fluoride which helps maintains healthy enamel through the whitening process.
Opalescence® Go is available in Mint and Melon flavors.
It is important to seek advice from the dentist prior to beginning a bleaching regime. Women who are pregnant or lactating should not seek bleaching treatment.