These days, there are only two colors for a smile, white and not white. Yellowed or grayed discolored teeth are not acceptable at a professional standard anymore. Why? Because tooth whitening is so easily available and priced within reason, it’s one of the fastest cosmetic procedures.
At Bright Side Dental, a top Michigan cosmetic dentist, with locations in Sterling Heights, Canton and Livonia, only the finest of in-office tooth whitening product, Zoom!® Teeth Whitening System – which whitens teeth up to eight shades whiter – is used.
The Zoom website, www.zoomnow.com, explains the procedure, “The Zoom! Light-activated whitening gel’s active ingredient is Hydrogen Peroxide. As the Hydrogen Peroxide is broken down, oxygen enters the enamel and dentin, bleaching colored substances while the structure of the tooth is unchanged. The Zoom! light aids in activating the hydrogen peroxide and helps it penetrate the surface of the tooth.”
The website continues, “A study has shown that use of the Zoom! lamp increases the effectiveness of the Zoom! gel by 26% or more, giving an average improvement of up to eight shades. Extensive research and clinical studies indicate that whitening teeth under the supervision of a dentist is safe. In fact, many dentists consider whitening the safest cosmetic dental procedure available.”
A report by the American Dental Association, the ADA, explains that most teeth have no trouble with the process, “Your dentist can tell you whether whitening procedures would be effective for you. Whiteners may not correct all types of discoloration. For example, yellowish hued teeth will probably bleach well, brownish-colored teeth may bleach less well, and grayish-hued teeth may not bleach well at all.”
The ADA continues, “Each visit may take from 30 minutes to one hour. During chairside 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 may be used to enhance the action of the agent. Specialized lamps have been used during tooth whitening procedures to enhance the action of the whitening agent.”
But the ADA warns, “Likewise, bleaching may not enhance your smile if you have had bonding or tooth-colored fillings placed in your front teeth. The whitener will not affect the color of these materials, and they will stand out in your newly whitened smile. In these cases, you may want to investigate other options, like porcelain veneers or dental bonding.”
Whitening teeth at home is made much more effective and consistent with Nite White®. This at-home whitening system is begun in the office and completed at home in about 14 days. Custom gel-holding trays are sized to fit the mouth, the patient returns, usually the next day, is fitted for the trays and receives the Nite White take-home kit which includes the whitening gel.
The Night White trays are worn either overnight or during the day. In about two weeks the patient will have a much brighter, fresher smile! Dingy, yellow or grey teeth can ruin a smile, make a poor impression of a person and actually might negatively change the outcome of a meeting or interview.
The Zoom! appointments are two hours, and requires a free consultation before hand, to ensure the patient is a good candidate for the Zoom. Bright Side Dental is open evenings and Saturdays in order to better service your dental needs. This Michigan cosmetic dentist has three offices in Canton, Livonia and in Sterling Heights.Return to blog
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