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Teeth Whitening

teethwhiteninghalfOne of the most desirable attributes of an appealing smile is a set of healthy, white teeth. However, staining due to tobacco use, drinking certain types of beverages (including tea, wine, and coffee), or the natural process of aging may make you feel self-conscious about your smile. Fortunately, our cosmetic dentist can dramatically enhance the aesthetics of your smile quickly and effectively with our teeth whitening options. At our practices, we offer Zoom® in-office and at-home teeth whitening to lighten your smile with as little tooth sensitivity as possible. In as little as 20 minutes to one hour for in-office procedures, we can whiten your teeth by several shades. Our supplementary take-home kits can provide more comprehensive results or offer a second option for individuals who prefer to whiten from the comfort of their home. During your initial consultation, we will develop a customized treatment plan that can best achieve your cosmetic goals with beautiful results.

If you have additional questions about teeth whitening or other cosmetic dentistry treatments, or if you would like to schedule a consultation with one of our dental professionals, please contact us today.

Causes of Teeth Staining

Exposure to staining agents, as well as diseases and medications that affect the tooth enamel, can both contribute to tooth discoloration. Most often, tooth stains result from years of consuming food and drink that can darken the enamel, such as coffee, wine, tea, cola, and berries. Smoking and tobacco use typically accelerates the rate at which teeth can become discolored. In other cases, certain medications and treatments, such as chemotherapy, can cause intrinsic stains in the dentin (the hard tissue underneath the enamel) that only dental-grade teeth bleaching can reach. Other factors, such as age and/or poor oral hygiene, also contribute to the appearance of yellow or stained teeth.

Natural Teeth Whitening vs. Professional Teeth Whitening

Many whitening products are available from your local pharmacy, but patients should be careful about which products they use and purchase. Some techniques, particularly “natural” teeth-whitening options like charcoal and coconut oil teeth pulling, can have unintended side effects and have not been evaluated for efficacy and safety. It’s important to understand that charcoal is very abrasive and can cause damage to the teeth. These DIY teeth whitening methods are not currently recommended by the American Dental Association. In contrast, over-the-counter whitening toothpastes and strips can often safely provide results over time; however, they are simply a much weaker version of the whitening agents used in dental offices. Professional teeth whitening has proven to be the safest and most effective method of instantaneously brightening teeth. For more information on which whitening techniques are best for your needs and goals, please talk to our friendly and knowledgeable team.

What Are My Teeth Whitening Options?

Zoom® Tooth Whitening System

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Whiter, brighter teeth that are healthier too? Zoom® teeth whitening can lighten teeth dramatically in just one hour with a state-of-the-art in-office procedure. Using a light-activated hydrogen peroxide whitening gel, teeth can be brightened by several shades. When you arrive for your consultation, the ideal shade will be selected based on your expressed goals and dental characteristics. Then, one of our skilled dental hygienists will apply the Zoom® gel using a special soft brush, avoiding the lips and gums. The gel is applied for 15 minutes in three sessions, resulting in a total treatment time of 45 minutes. Afterward, a fluoride gel will be applied to help reduce tooth sensitivity. Zoom® can help break down tough, dark stains that many other techniques cannot, including those caused by tetracycline. It’s important to note, this method only works on natural teeth, so if you have filled cavities or dental crowns, our dentists can provide recommendations for how to obtain the bright smile you want.

To help maintain the results of your treatment, we offer the “Whitening for Life” program. Occasional “touch-ups” can help extend the length of your outcome further. Talk to us about your goals and we will help you find the ideal solution for a beautiful, healthy smile that lasts for life.

How Is Tooth Sensitivity Managed During Teeth Whitening?

Dental sensitivity can be a serious concern for many people, and teeth whitening may increase this sensitivity in some individuals. We want to limit this effect and ensure you have the most comfortable whitening experience possible. In addition to using shields to protect your gums and oral tissues, the whitening gel we use is designed to reduce sensitivity during and after treatment.

We can also offer tips and tricks on addressing sensitivity in your daily life, from lifestyle and diet adjustments to helpful products that can relieve discomfort. If you are bothered by tooth sensitivity, the following tips may help you cope:

  • Use oral hygiene products formulated to limit sensitivity, such as Sensodyne® toothpastes and rinses
  • Switch to a soft-bristled toothbrush or reduce the force used to brush your teeth
  • Avoid very hot or very cold food and drink
  • Decrease how often you whiten your teeth
  • Use a mouth or night guard to limit teeth grinding
  • Do not consume highly acidic food or drink

How Long Do Teeth Whitening Results Last?

The length of time your teeth can remain bright and white depends on how well you care for them and whether your diet includes staining foods and drinks. Coffee, tea, and soda can dull your smile, as can berries and some other types of foods. Smoking will also cause yellowing. If you take great care of your teeth, your results should last about six months, potentially more. Occasional touch-up treatment can keep your smile looking its best year round. We offer a “Whitening for Life” program that will allow you to refresh your smile regularly for a one-time additional fee. More details below.

Whitening for Life Program

Once you have had your teeth whitened, chances are you would like to maintain them. We offer a “Whitening for Life” program for those who are diligent with maintaining their oral health and white smile. For a small one time fee of $100 we will make custom upper and lower molds for you and you will receive a syringe of whitening gel at two dental hygiene appointments in a year to help keep your teeth looking their whitest for life!

Contact us for more details or ask your dental hygienists as some conditions apply.

How Much Does Teeth Whitening Cost?

Teeth whitening at our practice with the Zoom® whitening system typically costs approximately $399 for an in-office treatment and $100 for our take-home kits. Your cost estimate may be more or less depending on the unique details of your treatment. We can give you a better idea of your teeth whitening expenses in person, and our team will also present you with our in-house financing options, if desired. Please call our practice to speak to a member of our administrative team to learn more about the cost of our in-office and at-home whitening treatments.

For more information about teeth whitening, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Narang or another dentist at our practice, please contact our office today.