Many people are satisfied with the sparkle they get from brushing twice daily with fluoride toothpaste, flossing once a day, and regular cleanings at the dentist’s office. However, if you decide you would like to go beyond regular care to make your smile look brighter, you should investigate all of your options.
Finding the Best Treatment for You
Schedule a visit with your dentist to learn whether whitening procedures would be effective for you. Whiteners do not correct all types of discoloration. For example, yellowish teeth will probably bleach well, brownish teeth may bleach less well, and grayish teeth may not bleach well at all. Likewise, whitening may not enhance your smile if you have had tooth-colored fillings or crowns. The whitener will not affect the color of these materials and they will stand out in your newly whitened smile. In these cases, you do have other options, such as porcelain veneers.
Tooth Whitening Treatments
- Professional teeth whitening with your doctor
- At-home whitening system
- Whitening toothpaste
When selecting a whitener or any dental product, be sure to look for the ADA Seal of Acceptance – your assurance that a product has met ADA standards of safety and effectiveness.
Professional Teeth Whitening
Professional teeth whitening by your doctor is your best choice when you need immediate whitening results. This procedure is called chair-side bleaching and may require more than one office visit. Each visit may take from thirty to ninety minutes.
During chair-side bleaching, the dentist will apply either a protective gel to your gums or a rubber shield to protect the oral soft tissues. A bleaching agent is then applied to the teeth and a special light is used to enhance the action of the agent.
At-Home Whitening System
Utilizing a personally fit soft mouth guard you can lighten your teeth between four to six shades in two weeks or less. Application of the bleaching gel for 1 hour daily accomplishes the change. You must have decay free teeth and perfectly healthy gums in order to use the bleaching gel. Check out our special promotions for details on Whitening Rewards Program.
All toothpastes help remove surface stain from your teeth through the action of mild abrasives. “Whitening” toothpastes in the ADA Seal of Acceptance program have special chemical or polishing agents that provide additional stain removal effectiveness. Unlike bleaches, these ADA accepted products do not alter the intrinsic color of teeth.
To learn more about whitening your teeth listen to our interviews with Heidi Morrison and Patricia Robinson that aired April 4th on the Smile Files.
Our Practice Provides Professional Teeth Whitening in Gladstone, MO With Zoom!®
Zoom!® is a professional teeth whitening treatment that gets your teeth an average of eight shades whiter — in just one hour. The treatment is safe, simple, and relaxing! Plus, Zoom!® is championed by dentists and patients as a pain-free process.
About the Process:
- To prepare for Zoom!® whitening, your dentist will examine your teeth and gums to make sure they are healthy.
- Your lips and gums will be covered with an isolation material to protect them during the treatment.
- Then, we apply the Zoom!® whitening gel, which is activated by the Zoom!® light source. The gel and light work together to gently break up the stains on your teeth.
- After three 15-minute applications within one hour, you rinse and the treatment is complete — leaving you with a brighter, whiter smile.
Contact us today to schedule an appointment for Zoom!® whitening!