Tooth whitening is extremely popular cosmetic dentistry procedure that delivers beautiful results quickly and easily. With the latest advanced whitening techniques, AffableCare Dental can give you a dazzling, long-lasting white smile in almost no time.
How does it work?
Whitening is a safe and effective way to quickly deliver a dramatic change to your smile. As we age, minerals penetrate the enamel of our teeth and darken them. Certain factors also affect the whiteness of our teeth.
AffableCare Dental has different options available for whitening teeth, but generally it is accomplished by applying a bleaching gel directly to the teeth. The active ingredient in this gel, usually hydrogen or carbamide peroxide, breaks down and forces oxygen into the enamel and dentin of your tooth structure. The oxygen breaks down the stains and makes teeth whiter, without hurting the structure of the teeth.
Factors that affect the whiteness of your teeth include:
How long does it take?
The length of time the bleaching process takes depends on the method used and the type of stains being removed. In-office procedures typically take one to three hours. With take-home whitening procedures, results can typically be seen in as little as three to four days, with the final result commonly taking about two weeks. Of course the degree of staining and the level of desired whiteness are factors in the total time.
Is whitening for me?
Whitening produces results in over ninety percent of patients, and it doesn’t hurt teeth. Different factors will affect the process, and some people are better candidates than others. In general, yellow and light brown teeth, stained over a period of years make excellent candidates, while darker brown or grayish stains require special techniques. Whitening will not lighten artificial material in your moth like bonding, fillings and veneers. Those with sensitive teeth, damaged teeth, gum disease, and pregnant women are encouraged to discuss their conditions with Dr. Noel.
What are the different whitening options?
Two types of whitening are offered by AffableCare Dental, in-office whitening, and take-home whitening kits. Both offer excellent results. The difference between the techniques involves the strength of the whitening gel and the length of time it remains in contact with the teeth. Some techniques are better than others on particular types of stains. Our staff at AffableCare Dental will explain which method is best for you, and could suggest either or a combination of both for best results.
What is Zoom whitening?
Zoom whitening is offered in both a take-home and an in-office system. Most people make good candidates for the in-office procedure which produces excellent results in little more than an hour. This involves application of a hydrogen peroxide gel and the unique patented Zoom light. Once AffableCare Dental has prepared the teeth, Dr. Noel applies the gel and projects the zoom light directly on the treated teeth for about an hour.
Why is whitening from AffableCare Dental better than using an over-the-counter product?
Over the counter products are not as effective or long lasting as the techniques offered by AffableCare Dental. Additionally the trays that hold the whitening gel are not custom fitted, and could allow leakage that irritates gums.
What preparation does the staff at AffableCare Dental do before whitening the teeth?
We will thoroughly examine your teeth to determine if you are a good candidate for whitening, and what is the best method for your needs. A dental cleaning is always a good idea to make sure that the whitening gel can easily contact the clean, prepared surfaces of your teeth. Dr. Noel will also repair any damaged or sensitive teeth and address any cavity or gum problems before proceeding with the whitening procedure.
What results can I expect?
Whitening produces results in over ninety percent of patients, and it doesn’t hurt teeth. Typical results can produce a change of several shades of whiteness, lasting three to five years. Different factors affect how long the process takes, what method is used and how long the whitening lasts.
Is whitening safe?
The American Dental Association has approved whitening products, and clinical trials and studies have found them to be safe and effective. Most people suffer no side effects from whitening procedures, but some sensitivity to hot and cold foods is possible. This typically lasts for less than 48 hours.
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