A bright, healthy smile can take years off your face and add confidence to your bearing. But as time passes, you may find that your teeth are becoming dull or discolored. Your tooth enamel becomes more porous and pervious to stains, both extrinsic and intrinsic. Extrinsic stains lie on the surface of your teeth. Intrinsic stains lie within cracks in your enamel and dentin (the layer below your tooth enamel). Both are resistant to brushing and over-the-counter products and require professional dental whitening agents to eradicate them.
Over-the-counter whitening products can remove some surface stains, but if you attempt to use them repeatedly, or overuse them, to eliminate resilient stains, the chemicals in the products can make your gums and teeth sensitive, even to the point of pain. Professional-grade dental whitening agents are prescribed at strengths high enough to remove stains quickly, without harming your gums or teeth.
Dr. Josie Dovidio offers the Philips Zoom Night White/Day White home bleaching kit to patients. We recommend that you call our office and make an appointment with Dr. Dovidio if you wish to brighten your smile.
What Is Involved in Dental Whitening?
There are two procedures for dental whitening. One is done in office. Dr. Dovidio will examine your teeth and gums to make certain that whitening is appropriate and thoroughly clean your teeth so that the Zoom whitening gel will have even access to your tooth surface (if the enamel is uneven due to plaque buildup or calculus, the bleaching process can leave your teeth looking ‘spotty’). Dr. Dovidio will then apply the whitening gel, using a special light to activate it. After 15 minutes, she will rinse the gel off your teeth and then re-apply it. This will be repeated two more times. Zoom Whitening can get your teeth up to eight shades whiter the same day it’s applied. Dr. Dovidio can help you choose the potency and duration of your whitening sessions based upon your desired results.
The other procedure for dental whitening is done by you, at home. Zoom offers a home bleaching kit, for a more gradual whitening of your teeth over two weeks. After an initial exam, Dr. Dovidio will take impressions to create a custom whitening tray for you, adjusting the prescription strength if you want more dramatic results. You will be given instructions on how to use the tray (which will fit your teeth and allow the whitening gel to come in full contact with the surfaces of your teeth). After two weeks, you’ll return to see Dr. Dovidio for a final check-up.
Benefits of Dental Whitening
The benefits of having a whiter smile cannot be denied. Your teeth will look much brighter and healthier and you’ll look livelier and more confident as well. Be certain to call our office and talk to Dr. Dovidio about Zoom Night White/Day White today.