Having a beautiful smile may be even easier than you think. Many people achieve the look they’ve been dreaming of with our simple “bleaching” procedure. While the procedure is called bleaching, it has nothing to do with bleach and is an erroneous term. The whitening process involves the use of a hydrogen peroxide solution to remove the color pigment from the teeth. Yellow and browns are the easiest stain to remove from the teeth, while the grey stain is the hardest. The hydrogen peroxide has been used for decades to whiten teeth and is considered safe for whitening teeth.
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There are several ways to whiten your teeth
- Store bought “whitening strips” kits. Although these are the most economical method, the results are usually limited due to its low strength of the bleaching agent and the numerous applications needed to get noticeable results.
- Dental office fabricated custom made bleaching trays. These bleaching trays are more effective than the “whitening strips” due to the improved strength of the bleaching agent and the better coverage of the teeth. Again, repeated applications with the trays with the bleaching agent are needed to provide results.
- Dental office teeth bleaching systems such as “Zoom” (see zoomwhitening.com). This is the most effective bleaching method. This “in office bleaching” procedure requires only one appointment (which takes about 2 hours). Although this is a more expensive method, most people greatly prefer the immediate result and really like that they don’t have to deal with the repeated applications of the bleaching process required by the other two methods. At our office, we additionally provide Zoom patients with the custom bleaching trays and a tube of the bleaching solution for optional at home future touch ups.
Dental bleaching can be used to correct many tooth discolorations. These discolorations may have been caused by natural staining, aging, or damage to the teeth. Using the latest in bleaching technology, we can offer a safe method for creating a beautiful, white smile. In cases of extreme tooth discoloration, crowns or veneers may be the only choice. Additionally, with some cases, in order to obtain an even more brilliant smile than what can be obtained by whiteners, veneers may be recommended or desired.