Tooth whitening, also known as tooth bleaching, is the most sought-after cosmetic procedure done annually. Anyone who wishes to lighten the shade of their teeth can get teeth whitening treatment. Reasons for wanting teeth whitening are most likely related to staining due to food or drink consumption like coffee, wine, or tea.
Teeth whitening can be done at home or in the clinic. To yield the best results, visit Dr. Emily Zaramella, DDS and get treated by our professional hygienist or dental therapist.
One of the most common desires our patients have is for a brighter and whiter smile. For this reason, we offer several teeth whitening options.
Types of Teeth Whitening
In office: We offer Opalescence Boost professional teeth whitening that is applied right in the dental office to give you a white smile fast! No hot or uncomfortable LED lights are necessary because it is chemically activated. Opalescence Boost contains potassium nitrate and fluoride to help prevent or reduce sensitivity. You will have noticeable results in about an hour!
At home: For those wanting products to be used at home we have 2 options. The first is custom trays that are form fitted to your teeth. For these you will periodically purchase whitening gel syringes that are used to place the gel into the custom trays. With this product you have the most control and the best at home results. The second option is the Opalescence Go whitening trays. The preloaded trays easily conform to your smile and are ready to use right out of the box. It is fast, simple, and more effective than over the counter whitening strips.
Maintaining the Teeth Post-procedure
To ensure your treatment results last, we recommend following our dentist's guidelines word-for-word. Our dentists will advise against consuming anything that can stain your teeth, especially drinks like coffee, wine, tea, and smoking.
Besides avoiding consumption of certain foods, hygiene habits can also influence how long the treatment will last before you need another one, so you will be advised to regularly brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste and floss twice a day.
What Makes You a Candidate?
Anyone who wishes to get whitening done is an eligible candidate for the procedure. Most commonly, patients who want to receive whitening treatment are those who have had their teeth stained due to diet and lifestyle habits.
If you wish to get a whitening treatment done, know that certain stains respond better to specific bleaching methods, and some stains cannot be treated via whitening treatment. Teeth that are stained yellow respond best to the procedure while those brown-grey see inconsistent results.
It is essential to keep in mind that patients with oral diseases and sensitive teeth should not receive teeth whitening treatment as the procedure further increases the sensitivity. Moreover, the treatment is not carried out in patients with dental implants, crowns, or bonding. These do not respond to whitening treatments.
Call us at 737-273-3303 or visit Dr. Emily Zaramella, DDS for more details.