Why do my teeth become discolored?
There are two types of stains that affect the color of your teeth.
The stains that occur on the outside surface of the tooth are called extrinsic stains. They are commonly caused by
The stains that form inside the tooth are referred to as intrinsic stains. They are usually the result of
Coffee and tea
Defects within the tooth
The use of certain antibiotics during tooth development
What can I do to whiten my teeth?
Extrinsic stains can be removed most effectively by a professional dental cleaning and polishing. To prevent accumulation of these surface stains between your recall visits
Intrinsic stains are more challenging to deal with. When your teeth are stained on the inside, we can improve their appearance by
Brush twice a day with a soft-bristle toothbrush
Use whitening toothpaste
Avoid tobacco and foods or drinks known to stain teeth
Because extrinsic stains can still build up and discolor teeth even after professional bleaching or application of veneers, regular hygiene visits will help ensure that your teeth keep looking great!
utilizing Zoom! professional bleaching system to safely whiten your teeth in just under one hour, or
covering affected teeth with dental veneers
How does the Zoom! system work?
During the Zoom! tooth whitening process, a gel containing hydrogen peroxide is placed on the teeth, after carefully isolating the gums, tongue and cheeks. An ultraviolet light is focused onto the teeth, causing the hydrogen peroxide gel to release oxygen. The light and gel work together to gently penetrate your teeth, breaking up the stains and discoloration.
Because the light used during the Zoom! tooth whitening procedure generates some heat, you may experience minor discomfort. On rare occasions, minor tingling sensations are experienced immediately after the procedure, but always dissipate. If you suspect that your may be sensitive we will be happy to supply you with anti-sensitivity toothpaste for use prior to treatment. But most people comfortably read, listen to music, or watch television during the procedure. Some even fall asleep!
How soon does one see results?
Although Zoom! treatment may not be as effective for some as it is for others, the results are immediate and typically produce teeth that are at least six to ten shades lighter. By following some simple post whitening care instructions, your teeth will always be lighter than they were before, so you can enjoy a lifetime of whiter, brighter teeth!
Is teeth whitening safe for my teeth?
While teeth whitening is considered safe, you may experience some side effects from treatments:
Teeth sensitivity. Your teeth may become more sensitive following teeth whitening. The effect is temporary and goes away in about 6-8 hours after treatment.
Irritated gums. You may also experience gingival irritation if your gum comes in contact with whitening gel. This mild discomfort goes away in 15-20 minutes after the gel is removed.
Keep in mind that you cannot whiten your teeth on a permanent basis, and only natural teeth can be whitened. Teeth whitening treatment may not be right for you while you have active cavities or certain dental work in progress.