Professional Teeth Whitening
Teeth whitening can be exceptionally important for raising one’s self-confidence with a dazzling smile. Over time, it is natural for teeth to become stained by dentin or the inner part of the tooth absorbing organic stain causing compounds, which contain color that make teeth look less white.
How whitening Works?
The basic bleaching process works by oxidizing the organic colored material within the tooth, reducing its color intensity. The process doesn’t weaken the structure of teeth, but it can cause some sensitivity.
The most commonly used agents in the bleaching process are hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxide. Carbamide peroxide breaks down to hydrogen peroxide and urea, and the hydrogen peroxide further breaks down to water and oxygen. The peroxide diffuses through the enamel into the dentin where it has the greatest effect on the color change of the tooth. A higher concentration of peroxide achieves faster results. You can expect similar final results from products with less concentration if you increase the frequency of application or contact time.
Am I a Good Candidate?
When the interior portion of your tooth, called dentin, absorbs colors and becomes stained, your entire tooth may look darker or take on a yellowed or brownish cast. Because no amount of brushing or at-home teeth whitening options will provide the results you desire, come in for a visit to discuss your best teeth whitening options. As long as you have a smile full of natural teeth, we can help you brighten your smile. However, if you are looking for a whiter smile but bleaching is not an option, we will discuss cosmetic veneers as an alternative solution.
What If I Have Sensitive Teeth?
Many patients have sensitive teeth and worry that teeth whitening will increase sensitivity or damage the structure of their teeth. Fortunately, our chemical processes have a neutral pH and will not adversely affect the integrity of your teeth. Your enamel will remain intact. In some cases, teeth whitening techniques have been known to increase sensitivity or cause mild discomfort during a procedure. We will take every precaution to help you avoid discomfort, protecting your gums and any over-exposed portion of your teeth. For particularly sensitive individuals, we may administer a local anesthetic to numb the area. After the procedure, if your teeth still feel sensitive or uncomfortable, we will offer you toothpaste formulated for sensitive teeth. You may also address discomfort with over-the-counter pain medication until sensitivity subsides. Post-treatment sensitivity typically lasts no longer than 24 hours.
Can I Get Immediate Whitening Results?
At Gardens Dental Group, we are happy to offer immediately teeth whitening technology. Consider the following in-house options, if you prefer to get your teeth shades whiter within one to two visits:
- ZOOM Whitening is a system that drastically lightens your teeth within a single visit, often up to eight shades lighter. We will place a hydrogen peroxide-based gel on your teeth while protecting your gums. An advanced light technology system then activates the gel. The bleaching process takes approximately 45 minutes.
- In-office bleaching trays include two, one-hour visits. You will sit with your teeth in trays filled with powerful bleaching gel. Once the process is complete, we will also provide you with take-home trays and whitening gel for at-home touchups.
What If I Prefer to Whiten at Home?
Whitening at home is a slower process, but this is often beneficial for those who are sensitive to periods of long-term exposure to bleaching. Or, if you have a packed daily schedule, you can simply fit your teeth whitening into your day wherever it fits. Our team will create custom-fit trays. You will apply the instructed amount of gel into the bleaching trays and place them over your teeth for 10 to 14 days for approximately 1 hour a day.
Can’t I Just Use Over-the-Counter Teeth Whitening Kits?
Over-the-counter teeth whitening kits may whiten your teeth up to a few shades, but their bleaching agents are nowhere near as powerful as those we offer at Pearl Dental Group. You may remove superficial stains, but the OTC products do not have the capacity to remove stains as deeply as our professional treatments.
Can I Eat and Drink as Usual After Teeth Whitening?
Dr. Reyhani, Dr. Hakimzadeh and our team will discuss your after-care with you. Each treatment comes with particular directions. In general, because whitening opens the pores of your teeth, leaving them more susceptible to staining, you will need to avoid certain foods. Red wine, chocolate, coffee, and tea are among the common offenders. Brush and floss regularly to maintain your white smile. In addition, brush and rinse your teeth after consuming staining foods to reduce your chances of discoloration.
While one of your lingering thoughts may be, “How much does teeth whitening cost?” we understand that every step you take toward a brighter smile is a big investment. Contact our offices today to discuss teeth whitening and associated costs. We believe every person deserves a beautiful, white smile, and are happy to offer a variety of payment options. In addition, feel free to call us any time for a last minute teeth whitening appointment. We will do our best to fit you into our schedule if whitening is the priority if your day.