There’s a lot of information out there about teeth whitening, and a lot of confusing advertising. Getting it wrong means wasting money, or worse – damaging your teeth and gums.
If you’re in a hurry to get your smile dazzling again, Brickell Dental Care is the best place for you! We as a dental office can access the highest grade whitening gels and we can tailor both in-chair and at-home whitening systems to your exact needs. We use Philips ZOOM whitening products that are promising to be the highest quality products.
Teeth whitening is a process where bleaching agents are applied to the teeth to remove stains and give your smile a brighter shade. It can be done in-chair at the dentist if you need instant results, or you can do it at home over a few days or a couple of weeks if you’re after a major change.
In-chair whitening can be done in around an hour, and you don’t need to take anything home except some protective gel for after your treatment. There are some after treatment instructions to be followed for couple days after your whitening procedure such as no drinking wine, coffee or anything that can stain teeth. But that just until the new color smile sits in.
With at-home whitening, your dentist takes impressions of your teeth and makes custom trays that you take home and use to apply the bleaching agent yourself, once or twice a day, for a period of time your dentist will discuss with you.
Teeth whitening is safe when it’s done under your dentist’s guidance. If it’s done incorrectly, your gums may become irritated, inflamed and can be super sensitive to absolutely everything, even air. Dentists are trained to manage the products properly so you get great results without discomfort or damage.
You may feel some tingling during in-chair ZOOM whitening, but it’s completely safe when you have it done at your dental office. With at-home whitening, it’s important to follow your dentist’s instructions closely. If you apply too much bleaching agent, or continue applying it for too many days in a row, it can make your teeth more sensitive than usual, or irritate your gums. But your dentist can guide you through the process to get great results with little to no discomfort.
Teeth can become discolored for many reasons, but the most common is that everyday food and drinks get through their hard outer covering, the enamel, and soak into the next layer, called the dentin. If you smoke, there is also more chances that your teeth will look yellow. And there are other factors, like genetics, certain medications, or diabetes that can cause teeth discoloration. Some forms of discoloration can’t be treated with whitening – for example, if your tooth has gone dark because the tooth root is ‘dead’. That is when teeth whitening is not effective and you may require and root canal and a dental crown. Most tooth stains respond well to whitening agents, and most patients are thrilled with their fresh new smile.