ZOOM! In-Office Teeth Whitening
Your teeth perform many important tasks. While many of these tasks are functional, your teeth also have a very critical aesthetic role. The teeth are a major component in the quality of your smile. When they are dull and discolored, your smile suffers. This can have a significant impact on the impressions that you leave on those around you. Discolored teeth can be corrected. Jillian Prather Family Dentistry can help with ZOOM! in-office whitening.
Do You Have Dull, Discolored Teeth?The outermost layer of your teeth, the enamel, is exceptionally hard and normally bright white in color. However, over time, the enamel develops small microfractures in it that enable it to more easily trap stains, pigments, and other debris. There are several different things that can contribute to the discoloration of your teeth, including:
|The things that you consume. Many different types of foods and drinks have a high level of dark pigments that can stick to the surfaces of your teeth.
|Tobacco products. Tar and nicotine can both lead to severe discoloration.
|Certain types of medications. Medications can cause stains deep within the teeth.
Why Not Use Over the Counter Whitening Products?You may have noticed an abundance of different types of whitening products on the shelves at the pharmacy or grocery store. These products include toothpaste, mouthwashes, strips, gels, and even pens. These products, advertised at affordable price points, promise to provide you with incredible results in a short amount of time. However, the levels of whitening agents in these products are very low. As a result, they rarely provide you with the results you are looking for. It can take numerous treatments just to see a minor difference. If you have more than just minor surface stains, your best option is professional whitening.
ZOOM! In-Office WhiteningWe can provide you with incredible results using ZOOM! whitening. ZOOM! is a professional whitening system that not only whitens your enamel but your dentin as well. We provide an in-office procedure that takes about an hour of your time. With ZOOM! in-office whitening, we first clean the surfaces of your teeth. Next, a lip retractor is placed to keep your mouth open and a protective gel is placed on your gums. We then apply the whitening gel to your teeth and shine a specialized light over your mouth. The active ingredient in ZOOM! is hydrogen peroxide. After the gel is applied to your teeth, the peroxide begins to break down into tiny oxygen bubbles. The bubbles then penetrate your enamel, as well as your dentin, clinging to stains and bleaching them away. There are absolutely no changes made to the structure of your teeth. The light is used to enhance the results of your treatment. With just one application, your teeth can be whitened up to 8 shades, and the results are noticeable immediately.
Keeping Your Smile BrightEven though whitening gives you back your bright white, confident smile, it is not a permanent treatment. The factors that previously caused your discoloration can cause it to occur again. There are steps you can take, however, to maintain the results for a longer period.
|Limit foods and beverages that may cause stains to your teeth.
|Drink plenty of water, which will help to wash away debris and pigments.
|Brush and floss your teeth every day.
|Have your teeth regularly cleaned, at least once every six months.
If you are interested in other cosmetic services, our office offers porcelain veneers, dental bonding, and more!
You do not have to live with dull, discolored teeth. ZOOM! in-office whitening can whiten your teeth several shades, drastically improving the quality of your smile as well as your confidence. For more information, and to schedule your appointment, call Jillian Prather Family Dentistry today at (918) 401-9933.