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Teeth Whitening

Teeth Whitening – Overview:

Teeth Whitening by DrMonaSims.com - Jupiter, Florida Dentist

As we get older out many patients report that their teeth continue to get darker.   Our society is increasingly more cosmetic oriented.  I am constantly asked about ways to whiten teeth.

 

Bleaching is a method of using a solution to lighten or whiten the color of teeth.    Patients love it because it so much less expensive and easier than having crowns or veneer fabricated.  Often patients are so happy with the results that they do not need to do any other more involved dentistry.  Bleaching will need to be touched-up or reapplied to keep the lighter color.

 

There are two ways that dentist bleach teeth.

 

1-Teeth bleaching can be done in our office using special bleach that we apply.  An in office bleaching appointment with a “Zoom Light” takes 1- 1 ½ hours.  We apply a solution several times over a period of about one hour.  It is reported that these bleaching solutions get a boost from applying a light to enhance the effect of the bleach.  Often patients like this because the work is done at our office.  All that is required is that they sit and listen to music or watch a video while the solution is applied to their teeth.

 

2-The second method of bleaching uses custom fabricated trays. These specially fabricated custom trays are made by us. The patient applies the bleach at home using their specially made thin vinyl trays.    These are used to apply a bleaching solution for a period of approximately 1 hour a day for 4-6 weeks

Teeth whitening works.  Although some patients get better results than others   We recommend that patients continue to touch up every 6 moths after their regular tooth cleaning.  Teeth can darken again due to the effects of staining from food, tea etc.  Many adults have very dark stains. This may be from some antibiotic medications (like tetracycline), which can cause dark staining when taken as a child while the teeth are forming.  T These teeth stains darken or cause a reduction in the brilliance of the enamel.  Some of these stains are harder to lighten.

Bleaching attempts to whiten a tooth beyond their natural color. This is done by applying a bleaching solution.  Unlike polishing, this procedure tries to lighten the shade of the tooth.  The oxidizing agent penetrates the porosities in the enamel and oxidizes stain.

Bleaching vs. Whitening
According to the FDA, the term "bleaching" is permitted to be used only when the teeth can be whitened beyond their natural color. This applies strictly to the use of products that contain bleach — typically hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. The term "whitening," on the other hand, refers to restoring a tooth’s surface color by removing dirt and debris. So any product that cleans (like a toothpaste) is considered a whitener.

Dental Bleaching
Cosmetic Dentistry - Teeth Whitening

Dental bleaching, also known as tooth whitening, is a common procedure in general dentistry but most especially in the field of cosmetic dentistry. Many people consider white teeth to be an attractive feature of a smile. A child's deciduous teeth are generally whiter than the adult teeth that follow. As a person ages the adult teeth often become darker due to changes in the mineral structure of the tooth, as the enamel becomes less porous. Teeth can also become stained by bacterial pigments, foodstuffs and tobacco. Certain antibiotic medications (like tetracycline) can also lead to teeth stains or a reduction in the brilliance of the enamel.

There are two methods to whiten teeth: bleaching gel and laser bleaching. Traditionally, at-home whitening is done with bleaching gel which is applied to the teeth using thin guard trays. Oxidizing agents such as hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide are utilized to lighten the shade of the tooth. The oxidizing agent penetrates the porosities in the rod-like crystal structure of enamel and oxidizes interprismatic stain deposits; over a period of time, the dentin layer, lying underneath the enamel, is also bleached. Laser bleaching utilizes light energy to accelerate the process of bleaching in a dental office. The effects of bleaching can last for several months, but may vary depending on the lifestyle of the patient. Factors which will decrease whitening include smoking and the ingestion of dark colored liquids like coffee, tea and red wine.

Internal staining of dentin can discolor the teeth from inside out. Internal bleaching can remedy this. If heavy staining or tetracycline damage is present on a patient's teeth, and whitening is ineffective, there are other methods of whitening teeth. Bonding, when a thin coating of composite material is applied to the front of a person's teeth and then cured with a laser can be performed to mask the staining. A veneer can also mask tooth discoloration.

 

 
Zoom In-Office Whitening
Cosmetic Dentistry - Teeth Whitening

Tooth whitening by DrMonaSims.com

Zoom!® In-Office Whitening is a revolutionary tooth whitening procedure. It is safe, effective and very fast. In just one hour, your teeth will be dramatically whiter. The convenience of Zoom! in comparison to days of using strips or wearing trays makes it the perfect choice for the busy individual.

The Zoom! Whitening procedure is simple. It begins with a short preparation to isolate your lips and gums. The Zoom! clinician then applies the proprietary Zoom! Whitening Gel, which is activated by a specially designed light. During the procedure, patients may comfortably watch television or listen to music. Many actually fall asleep. A five-minute fluoride treatment completes the procedure

The Zoom! light-activated whitening gel's active ingredient is Hydrogen Peroxide. As the Hydrogen Peroxide gel 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. A study has shown that use of the Zoom! lamp increases the effectiveness of the Zoom! gel by 33% or more, giving an average improvement of eight shades.

You'll be amazed with the results. In most cases, teeth get even whiter the first few days after the procedure.

 
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