WHAT IS TEETH WHITENING?
Teeth whitening or sometimes referred to as “bleaching” is used to correct teeth discoloration resulting from stains, chemical damage, smoking, aging or combination of thereof. It is the best complimentary treatment for people with healthy teeth and gums. If you think that your teeth have a yellow tone, you should surely consider this procedure. The whitening of teeth is done by releasing oxygen from the gel that we supply for you. Once the gel is applied to the surface of your teeth, the oxygen penetrates through your tooth enamel, which is generally translucent and then whitens the underlying tissue known as “dentin”. Dentin is what gives the tooth a certain color that may vary from light yellowish tint to dark gray or even brown when it’s affected by certain conditions. Once oxygen has reached the dentin and made it lighter your teeth become brighter and reflect more light which gives them a desirable pearly appearance. This procedure is truly non-invasive and uses no toxic substances. There is no “drilling” or needles involved. Instead we use an intense light to activate the whitening gel in the office or we can simply make you a set of custom trays that do the procedure at the comfort of your home.
WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT TEETH WHITENING?
Dentists estimate that about 90% of patients have discolored teeth because of age, smoking or drinking beverages like soda, coffee and tea. This can make your teeth yellow, orange or brown. In such cases a combination of dental cleaning and tooth whitening application may work the best. The whitening agent that is present in the gel that we use during or for your procedure will penetrate through enamel of your teeth and will make your teeth whiter from within. Ask us if you would like to improve your smile to give your teeth that irresistible pearly look. We will determine the best way to achieve it while determining the best approach. The process will include a thorough evaluation of your current tooth color, and based on a desirable outcome, we will make a suggestion whether to proceed with an in-office or take-home system while also determining the best formulation of a gel for your particular case.
HOW DO I GET TEETH WHITENING?
Ask the hygienist during your cleaning or dentist during your check-up and they can recommend the best option for you! We use the latest whitening techniques and products based on our own research and results. You can either use our state of the art Light Stimulated Tooth Whitening or take home system.
WHAT ARE SOME TEETH WHITENING ALTERNATIVES?
Crowns and veneers are alternatives for patients with severe discolorations (tetracycline teeth) or for more advanced stains as well as for teeth that have undergone root canal procedures, have cracks, fractures or require a change of appearance in shape
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE PROFESSIONAL TOOTH WHITENING VS. OVER THE COUNTER / STORE BOUGHT WHITENING KIT?
While many wellness stores and websites offer different tooth whitening kits while claiming the same results as your professional whitening system would do you need to know that store bought formulations are only permitted a very low concentration of oxygen releasing agent. Think of it as it is a “food grade” rather than a “pharmaceutical grade” and thus has a limited efficacy leading to lesser results with more money spent over a longer period of time.
The store bought kits have a lesser concentration of oxygen releasing gels due to the fact that higher concentration applications should only be administered by an expert in a professional setting with a determination of a proper indication and concurrent observation to avoid tooth sensitivity and gum burns from the chemicals. It is also noteworthy to mention that lower concentrations of whitening gels only have limited permeability and therefore are not suitable for more mature individuals.