There are many cosmetic procedures available to enhance one’s smile. But possibly the quickest, most economical procedure to offer the biggest change is Zoom! teeth whitening.
With the ability to lighten teeth up to eight shades in less than two hours, this process often begins with the patient undergoing a traditional cleaning to remove plaque build-up and any stains from food and beverage consumption. A dental exam will determine if the patient is a good candidate for whitening. Concerns would include gum recession, condition of dental enamel, and the presence of restorations.
Dull and drab teeth can become bright and dazzling in one brief dental appointment.
Porcelain is not affected by teeth whitening so if any restorations are planned, it is always best to whiten prior to any other cosmetic dentistry. This allows the dentist to match the restoration to previously whitened teeth.
Preparation for laser teeth whitening involves isolating all soft mouth and gum tissue. Since the whitening agents are very powerful, exposure to these surfaces could result in burns. The dentist or hygienist performing the whitening will make sure these barriers stay in place throughout the process.
The whitener is applied to all teeth in the smile line on both the top and bottom arches. Protective eyewear is worn by both the technician and the patient. A laser is applied to the teeth treated with the whitening agent. Laser is actually an acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. Simply put, the laser expedites the activation and penetration of the whitening gel.
This process is repeated if needed. Quite often one application is sufficient.
Teeth can continue to whiten over the next ten days. Any effects from sensitivity usually dissipate at the conclusion of treatment or within a day or two.
When having teeth whitened, it is advisable to avoid or limit many of the things that are known to stain teeth such as coffee, tea, red wine, colas, foods that contain artificial coloring, berries, tomato sauce, beets … to name a few. If consumed, rinsing and/or brushing teeth as soon as possible will help to prevent teeth from being stained.
Dull and drab teeth can become bright and dazzling in one brief dental appointment. Our dentist at Balcones Family Dental has the key to a smile makeover that will fit your timeline and budget.