Teeth Whitening Options For A Sparkling Smile

Teeth WhiteningDental whitening is one of the most popular procedures performed by cosmetic dentists. Numerous treatment approaches are available to perform this procedure. Dr. Chris Baer provides both at-home and in-office teeth whitening solutions, depending on the patient’s needs.

Teeth whitening is probably one of the most widely recognized cosmetic dental procedures since it improves the look of your smile without other invasive procedures such as porcelain veneers.

Over time, your teeth will eventually start to appear yellower or discolored. This is caused by coffee, tea, tobacco products, or just from the normal aging process.

What is Tooth Whitening?


Tooth whitening or tooth bleaching is a cosmetic dental procedure designed to improve the shade of the teeth by reducing stains and discoloration. The color reflected by the tooth enamel can become pale, dark, stained, or discolored due to various factors. Tooth whitening is an external bleaching process to remove the surface impurities and bring out the natural, brighter shade of the teeth.

The treatment is not permanent, but the results of an in-office dental whitening treatment may last for several months to a year. The treatment may be repeated once a year, under the guidance and supervision of a dentist, to achieve long-term sustainable benefits.

Teeth Whitening Options

Bleaching

Tooth whitening or bleaching, when bleach is utilized, is a procedure that works to either restore the natural shade of your teeth or go beyond to an even whiter shade. Typically tooth bleaching compounds use carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide.

The most traditional service is an at-home, dentist-supervised procedure. To obtain this service, your dentist will make molds of your teeth and create a comfortable mouth tray that is customized to you. This type of mouth tray sits only against the teeth, and allows the bleach to contact your enamel and not your gum tissue.

The mouth tray is built to hold a mild mixture that includes the selected peroxide agent. Peroxide bleaching agents produce a chemical reaction when exposed to plain water and releases the non-toxic bleaching element hydrogen peroxide.

KöR

Recognized as the most effective teeth whitening application available, KöR offers the average patient everything from a basic, cost-effective solution for whiter teeth all the way to amazing tetracycline treatments.

Until recently, many dentists who provided a teeth whitening treatment have been exasperated by the inefficiency of professional grade treatments, and concerned about the complaints of sensitivity issues by their patients.

All peroxide gels work by producing hydrogen peroxide during application. The hydrogen peroxide then breaks down into water and oxygen as well as a number of byproducts that create the “bleach” that lighten a patient’s teeth.

KöR works by making sure that their whitening gel is fully potent and produces a higher percentage of these by products that are then allowed an extended time to work.

Zoom!

Another fast, safe and immensely popular teeth whitening treatment, Zoom can alter your smile significantly with just one session by lightening your teeth up to 8 shades in just one hour.

A Zoom treatment involves the use of a pH-balanced hydrogen peroxide formula and a low-heat light.

When you receive a Zoom treatment you will go through the following procedure:
- The pH-balanced hydrogen peroxide formula will be applied to your teeth.
- A special low-heat light will be aimed at the treatment areas to activate the solution.

When activated, the formula penetrates several of the top layers of teeth to remove the staining and discoloration that can be caused by red wine, coffee, tea, tobacco, and more.

Marvelous Candidates

The following people may be awesome candidates for a teeth whitening procedure:

  • People with dark or stained teeth due to tobacco use.
  • People with tooth coloration due to prolonged use of beverages such as tea, coffee, and aerated drinks.
  • Those having poor dental hygiene due to improper cleaning of teeth.
  • Thinning of enamel and darkened dentin due to aging.
  • Tooth discoloration due to certain medications.

In-office Dental Whitening

Dr. Baer is an experienced cosmetic dentist providing in-office dental whitening to patients. In-office whitening involves treatment of the outer surface of the affected teeth with a strong whitening solution containing hydrogen peroxide. The dentist will apply a substance on teeth to protect gums.

Thereafter, the whitening agent is applied on the teeth. A specialized light or laser will be focused on the targeted areas to allow the gel to get activated and the bleaching to be deeper and stronger. The in-office dental whitening procedure may involve a single or multiple appointments, depending on the patient’s condition of teeth and aesthetic goals.

At-home Whitening

This procedure begins with the dentist taking impressions of the lower and upper teeth in order to create custom-sized mouth trays to fit the teeth well. A close fit means that the bleaching agent will stay in place to work effectively on the teeth. Therefore, at-home whitening from a dentist is much more effective compared to over-the-counter whitening trays, which cannot provide custom trays or a strong solutions that a dentist can do.

At-home whitening is well-suited for patients who prefer to perform the treatment in the convenience of their home. The patient will fill each mouth tray with the bleaching gel provided by the dentist. The mouth tray can be worn at night or day for several hours at a stretch. The desired results may be achieved within two to four weeks in most cases. People with sensitive teeth, dental decay, or receding gums may not be ideal or text book candidates for at-home whitening or over the counter treatments.

So, whether you are getting ready for an important job interview, or just want to increase your self-confidence, if you are ready to brighten your smile call us today (303) 557-6453 to find out the best whitening treatment for your needs.