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
What does tooth whitening involve?
This type of tooth whitening only requires one visit.
1. Zoom Advanced! is a bleaching process that lightens discoloration of
enamel and dentin. You may have seen the Zoom! process used by me
on ABC’s Extreme Makeover.
2. The Zoom! light activated whitening gel's active ingredient
is Hydrogen Peroxide. As the Hydrogen Peroxide is broken down, oxygen
enters the enamel and dentin, bleaching colored substances while
the structure of the tooth is unchanged. The Zoom! light aids in
activating the hydrogen peroxide and helps it penetrate the surface
of the tooth. A study has shown that use of the Zoom! lamp increases
the effectiveness of the Zoom! gel by 26% or more, giving an average
improvement of up to eight shades.
3. During the procedure, patients may comfortably watch television
or listen to music. Individuals with a strong gag reflex or anxiety
may have difficulty undergoing the entire procedure.
4. By following some simple post whitening care instructions, your
teeth will always be lighter than they were before. To keep your
teeth looking their best, we recommend flossing, brushing twice
daily, and occasional touch-ups with Zoom! Weekender or Nite White
gel. These are professional formula products designed specifically
to keep your teeth their brightest. They are available only through
your dental professional.