Popular Teeth Whitening Treatments
Sometimes, no matter how much care one can give to the dental hygiene, teeth can still have a discolor appearance. Many people opt to do teeth whitening procedures since if teeth don’t look as white as they can be, they will portray a sense of an unhealthy mouth. Some of the reasons why teeth might discolor have to do with the drinks and foods we consume. Daily eating or drinking coffee, wine, soda, tobacco, and such are the most prominent contributors to teeth stain. Teeth whitening is getting more accessible now since these treatments can be performed in a dental office as they can be implemented in your own home. Therefore, it is essential to search what treatment will work best for you before committing to any.
Laser Teeth Whitening
Teeth whitening has become one of the first requests that dental patients have when visiting their dentist.
Laser teeth whitening is administered in a dental office exclusively and is the most expensive method for whitening. Bleach is applied to each tooth, and heat generated by a laser enhances its effectiveness while ultimately speeding up the process. This procedure uses a strong bleaching gel that the laser activates and enhances for quick, dramatic results. The bleach used is a hydrogen peroxide gel that ranges from 25 to 40 percent in concentration levels. With these high concentrations, special precautions are taken to reduce tooth sensitivity, as well as protect the lips, gums and other oral tissues from being damaged.
Laser teeth whitening takes about an hour in the dental office. Oftentimes, several treatments are needed to achieve the desired results and bleaching trays for home use may be needed as well to improve or maintain those results.
Laser teeth whitening isn't for everyone and is just one option to whiten your teeth. To find out more about teeth whitening, schedule a consultation at Marshfield Family Dental Care by calling us at 417-859-3800.
Take-Home Whitening Trays
Take-home whitening trays are a type of teeth whitening procedure that you can perform in the comfort of your home. This is an easy and cost-effective teeth whitening treatment. These trays are custom made to go over your teeth, and contain a special gel for whitening. You must follow the instructions given by our dentist to see the results at home.
Although they can be a convenient option, obtaining great results can take longer than other treatments. Please bear in mind that Take-home trays don’t always work well for deep stains.
Theses trays, once made for you, can then be taken home as a teeth whitening kit, along with the guidelines given by our dentist. The time that they must remain on your teeth can vary according to your teeth whitening needs.
How Take-home Whitening Trays Work
Custom whitening trays are usually made of a clear plastic that comfortably adjusts when inserted. A small dollop of gel is inserted in each tray, giving them their whitening properties. The gel consists of a hydrogen peroxide solution that actively whitens the enamel of the teeth.
After they have been used and are taken off, they need to be cleaned with a Q-tip or a cloth and rinsed. This makes them ready to be used again. It is not suggested to use them for at least another day, after each application.
These whitening trays can be used several times to obtain the desired results. Our dentist can further advise on how many times they should be used in your case. Also, you can have them customized to you needs.
Zoom! In-Office Whitening
Over the years, we have seen many teeth whitening options come forward. Some of them have used a multi-stimulus approach to teeth whitening, and are generally considered more drastic than the whitening trays. They are still harmless and provide excellent results.
Zoom! is one of the whitening methods that have showed to be a success. Its results are quite effective and they can be revealed in as little as one session.
How the Zoom! In-Office Whitening System Functions
First, the dentist performs a comprehensive exam, which is meant to highlight any dental problems which need to be addressed before getting a whitening treatment done. This guarantees that the Zoom! whitening procedure works as effectively as possible and prevents any future damage to the teeth. If no such conditions are found, then our dentist performs a teeth cleaning procedure, which primes the teeth for the application of the whitening gel.
Our dentist then applies mouth spacers to avoid the cheeks or lips getting contact with the teeth. This is needed to protect the softer tissue from the whitening agent to prevent any irritation.
Then, the teeth whitening gel is applied to the teeth. This gel consists of a hydrogen peroxide solution that serves as the active ingredient that whitens the teeth.
After the gel has been applied, our dentist focuses a bright ultraviolet light on the teeth. This light acts as a catalyst and causes oxygen to be produced through a chemical reaction within the gel. This oxygen permeates the upper layer of the teeth, and bleaches them from within. The upper layer of the teeth is also bleached in this way. The oxygen works to remove the stains both on top and within the enamel.
Next, our dentist cleans away the Zoom! whitening gel and the procedure concludes
In Marshfield Family Dental Care you will always feel welcome, we offer a variety of whitening methods. We are located in Marshfield,MO. For more information or to schedule an appointment contact our dental office now 417-859-3800.