One thing we all share in common is our appearance. We worry about how we look to others around us. Every morning, we spend time in front of the mirror, trying to present the best version of ourselves. We choose clothes accenting our body type. We spend hundreds of dollars a year on haircuts. Makeup is used to cover blemishes and accentuate facial features. While all those things do concern our appearance, what do people tend to notice first? It is not our clothes or our hair. No, the first thing people tend to notice is our smile. Over time, our teeth can become discolored and not look as bright as they once did. This can be especially true for those patients who drink coffee or tea or who smoke. All of those activities can affect how our tooth enamel looks. Enamel is porous, which means it can absorb stains from the foods and drinks we ingest.
How do patients cope with these problems? One option they can utilize is to have a whitening procedure performed by a dental professional. It takes just a single office visit and can be done in less than an hour. For those patients who have been thinking about doing something about brightening their smiles, please come into our office to find out more. Come see us today at Artistic Dental.
Concerns About Whitening
Teeth whitening commercials bombard us each and every day. They are all over television and social media. They assure everyone how easy it is to have a brighter smile. The ads harp on the fact they are far less expensive than professional whitening treatments. Why would anyone not consider it? It sounds like a great deal.
Regardless of what the ads say, there are risks associated with the at-home whitening kits advertised. They could damage teeth and gums permanently. It should be noted the at-home kits do not last as long as the professional treatments. One concern is that over-the-counter treatments can overexpose the sensitive tissues to harsh chemicals.
Over-the-counter Solutions vs. Professional Solutions
The truth is in the details. The at-home kits have a different level of carbamide peroxide solutions than the professional treatments. The at-home kits have between 10-20% carbamide peroxide, while the professional ones are approximately 40%. With a much higher concentration in the whitening solution, the effects last much longer.
With so many patients suffering oral cavity damage using at-home kits, the American Dental Association had to issue warnings. They state that at-home kits can cause irreparable damage when improperly used. This damage can occur to the teeth, cheek linings, tongue, or soft tissues of the gums. In most cases, the damage cannot be repaired. It is permanent.
Zoom Teeth Whitening vs. Over the Counter Trays
What is Zoom Teeth Whitening
Zoom whitening is a professional in-office whitening system, designed to whiten both your enamel and your dentin. The gel used in the Zoom system is light-activated. The main ingredient in the bleaching agent is hydrogen peroxide. When exposed to the light, the hydrogen peroxide is broken down. It enters the enamel and dentin, bleaching any substance that is discolored. The structure of your teeth remains unaltered in the process.
The entire procedure is completely safe and takes just over an hour. Before your whitening treatment, your teeth are cleaned. Then use a special device to hold your mouth open, exposing the teeth visible in your smile. A special gel is applied to your gums, which protects them from the bleaching agent. The agent is then applied to your teeth and left for an hour. In just one treatment, results are noticeable right away, getting your teeth, on average, eight shades whiter.
It is important to note that whitening is not a permanent treatment. We will provide you with a set of home care instructions to help prolong the results.
Over the Counter Whitening Trays
Sure, you can use over the counter whitening products to whiten your teeth. However, these products can take weeks, or even months, to whiten your teeth only a few shades. With Zoom in-office whitening, your teeth are whitened up to 8 shades in just one short treatment.
Which Treatment is Right For You?
Contact us today to learn more about Zoom whitening, tray products, or other alternatives. We will help you to find the best option for your teeth whitening treatment!
Those patients who have considered having their teeth whitened should come into our office to find out the details about our in-office whitening. At Artistic Dental we are always more than willing to go over the options. We can also be reached by calling (848) 222-3984. Call us today to get an appointment scheduled.