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Get that Bright White Smile you've always wanted...
Sometimes it seems that no matter how much you brush you can't seem to brighten your smile. The problem is not that your teeth are unclean, it's actually staining or the natural discoloration of your teeth. Teeth can darken for a number of reasons. The most common is the natural tooth-yellowing effect from aging. Your teeth may also be stained from drinking coffee; tea or caffeine based soft drinks. Some time the tooth also has varying shades of white, due to the growth process of the tooth or to trauma when the tooth bud was being formed.
Don't be discouraged. If you feel that your teeth are looking less than their best, our office can offer you the latest in tooth whitening techniques.
Whiten your teeth at night, during the day or over the weekend!! The dentist will help you choose the whitening system that is right for you!!
Worn 2 hours
Worn 30 minutes
Worn 4-8 hours
For 10-14 nights
for 10-14 days
for 3 days
These clear and inconspicuous custom fit trays can be worn anywhere, anytime!!
What is tooth whitening?
Tooth whitening is a process where a mild bleaching solution is applied to the tooth, using a custom fit tray, to whiten tooth discolorations of the enamel and dentin.
What causes tooth discoloration?
Commonly, discoloration can be caused by, aging, consumption of coffees, teas, caffeine soft drinks, red wines etc. Tooth discoloration can also occur during tooth formation due to trauma and medications taken during this time.
How long does it take to get results?
If you follow your dentist's recommendations, you will see results in 10-14 days. The type of whitening selected for you will determine how often you will apply the solution. Nite White is worn once per day for 2 hours. Day White is worn 1-3 times per day for 30 minutes. Zoom Whitening is worn 4-8 hours while sleeping for only 3 days.
Will my fillings change color?
No. If you have some original tooth colored filling that are noticeable when you smile, they will not change color with the whitening solution.
How long will it last?
Your teeth will always be lighter than they were initially. Your teeth may need to be "touched up" 1-2 applications, once or twice a year. In order to maintain the whitest tooth shade possible, it is best to avoid substances like coffee, tea or tobacco. To keep your teeth looking their best we recommend flossing, and brushing twice daily with professional whitening toothpaste, specifically designed to keep your teeth looking there brightest.
How does it work?
As the carbamide peroxide (active ingredient) is broken down, oxygen will enter the enamel and the dentin and dissolves the stains. The tooth structure has not changed and the tooth is made lighter.
Is tooth whitening safe?
Studies indicate that tooth whitening under the supervision of a dentist is safe for the teeth and the gums. However, it is not recommended for anyone under the age of thirteen or pregnant or lactating women.
What about sensitivity?
Majority of patients do not experience sensitivity, however if you experience mild, temporary sensitivity it should subside within a few hours after the treatment. If sensitivity does persist, wear times can be varied or teeth can be treated with desensitizing toothpaste. Lingering sensitivity will subside after 1-3 days of completion of the treatment.