ZOOM!® In-Office Whitening
The most popular professional whitening treatment available, ZOOM! can whiten your teeth up to 8 shades in just one dental visit. After prepping your teeth and gums, we apply the special ZOOM! gel, which contains ingredients to minimize sensitivity and protect tooth enamel. Then we expose your teeth to the ZOOM! light for 15 to 20 minutes. The light activates the gel, quickly breaking up stains and discoloration.
We repeat the process until the desired shade is achieved, aiming for a sparkling – yet natural-looking – white smile. During your visit, we also take dental impressions to create custom mouth trays so you can perform periodic touch-ups at home with the extra gel we will give you. The entire appointment takes about two hours, and with proper care and maintenance, your ZOOM! treatment can last for years.
At-Home Teeth Whitening
Tray bleaching is a type of professional whitening that uses custom-made trays and whitening gel only available through your dentist. The whitening gel is placed in custom-made trays that fit perfectly over your teeth. As the peroxide in the gel breaks down, hydroxyradicals help whiten stained teeth. Unlike strips, this process whitens all your natural teeth and may contain ingredients intended to provide maximum comfort. At-home professional tray whitening generally takes 10 to 14 days, although you may notice results in as few as 3 to 5 days.
Paint-On Teeth Whiteners
There are many over-the-counter teeth whitening options, and one readily accessible type is commonly referred to as “paint-on” teeth whitener. Paint-on whiteners can be purchased over-the-counter and are generally less expensive and less effective than whitening strips or professional options. The gel is applied to the tooth using a small brush and hardens into a film that coats the treated tooth and dissolves in the mouth. As with any teeth whitening regimen, it is wise to consult with a dental professional before treating discolored teeth.
Teeth Whitening Strips
Teeth whitening strips are thin, flexible, plastic (polyethylene) strips with a thin film of hydrogen peroxide bleaching on one side. Whitening strip kits come with two types of strip: strips for the upper teeth and strips for the lower . The bleaching agent is applied by placing the strips across your teeth and gently pressing them into place to ensure contact with all your teeth. Teeth whitening strips are typically worn for 30 minutes a day, twice a day. The duration of treatment will vary.
Teeth Whitening Toothpaste and Mouthwash
The least expensive options are whitening toothpastes and mouthwashes. Designed to have “whitening” capabilities, toothpastes and mouthwashes work to remove surface stains using mild abrasives. However, unlike bleaching materials used in professional whitening procedures, these products do not lighten the actual color shade of the tooth. Whitening toothpastes affect surface stains and will mildly lighten your teeth.
If you would like to learn more about teeth whitening, please contact our practice to schedule an appointment, or visit www.teethwhitening.com for additional information about teeth whitening.