What is teeth whitening?

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eeth whitening, or Teeth Bleaching, is a popular cosmetic procedure that is intended to transform dull, discolored teeth. The precise application of an approved peroxide product doesn’t just take your teeth back to their original shade; teeth whitening can lift the radiance of your smile beyond your natural shade. This is significant because many people’s teeth are naturally somewhat off-white due to the thickness of their enamel or other genetic factors.

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How do I use a take-home teeth whitening kit from my PWS dentist?

Home tooth bleaching systems are easy and convenient to use. At the onset of treatment, we fabricate a custom-fitted mouthpiece for the upper teeth and one for the lower teeth. In addition to these trays, you receive tubes of tooth bleaching gel. Each day, a small amount of gel is inserted into the inside of each tray and the trays are then inserted over your teeth. We can demonstrate how to apply the gel into the trays in the office before you begin your treatment. Trays are worn for a select amount of time, usually 30 minutes to an hour. After removing, gently brush and floss your teeth and rinse trays to remove the bleaching gel.

Do you offer home teeth-whitening options?

Yes, Of course. We have offered-home tooth bleaching kits for our patients since 1990.They work nicely. We feel the best way to whiten your teeth is to start with a one hour Zoom Advanced Power session then take the at home bleaching trays home to either maintain the great white smile or to make it even whiter! Have fun

Are OTC tooth bleaching products sold in phamacies good for my teeth?

Yes, We like the whitening strips that are sold in the pharmacy. They work. They are weak and take a long time but they work. These products are formulated with minimal active ingredients. PWS offers a much more powerful dose of whitening agent that will work much faster and efficiently.

What is Zoom whitening?

Zoom! is one of the fastest, most effective methods of teeth whitening ever developed. . This in-office technique allows you to sit back and relax like in a tanning salon while we whiten your smile. After shielding teeth and gums, we apply a professional-grade tooth bleaching gel to your teeth. This gel is then activated with light for approximately 3 to 4 15-minute sessions stimulating faster action. We recommend using at home whitening gels after this process to maintain and keep your smile its very whitest!

Can whitening my teeth make them look straighter?

Teeth whitening can achieve remarkable results in terms of whiteness . A brighter, whiter smile can make you look younger and friendlier.  How straight your teeth are have nothing to do with the whitening process. If you have mild alignment issues in conjunction with discoloration, porcelain veneers may be an ideal treatment option to correct both issues simultaneously.

Can whitening toothpaste be used after professional teeth whitening?

Sure. Use the toothpaste! It should do no harm after a professional teeth whitening.

How long will my teeth stay white after bleaching?

Teeth whitening treatment achieves beautiful results that can last anywhere from weeks to months. Usually, right after the procedure, patients absolutely love it. We call it the WOW period. We feel that loses its WOW rather quickly but stays a lot whiter than when you started. You are just out of the WOE period. The lighter teeth can last months. This is why we like to couple the process with At-Home whitening kits.

Avoiding tobacco and any food with color also increases the duration of results from teeth whitening,  Habits such as rinsing your mouth after consuming coffee, red wine, and other products that can stain teeth may also help.

One of the advantages of tooth bleaching is that treatment can safely be repeated as often as needed to maintain the brilliant smile you deserve.

Will my teeth become sensitive after teeth whitening?

We call them Zingers. Ouch. They come in waves and you have to close your lips during the Zinger wave. Its very uncomfortable and lasts usually until the following morning. Most people do experience slight temporary sensitivity when they undergo teeth whitening treatment. This can occur whether whitening is conducted in the office or at home. T

Sensitivity does not indicate a problem. Comfort may be managed by using our relief gel which we give every patient.

What causes teeth to become stained?

There are two types of stains. Intrinsic and Extrinsic. An Intrinsic stain is when a tooth turns color from white to yellow. This can happen over the years from many different factors like smoking. An Extrinsic stain can be wiped or cleaned off with a good dental cleaning. Porcelain veneers will never stain intrinsically.  The porcelain is non porous and will not turn color. But it can stain extrinsically and a simple dental cleaning will bring back its natural beauty.

How long does a teeth whitening procedure take?

Teeth whitening that is performed here in our office takes only about an hour. In that time, it is possible to lift teeth into a shade several times brighter than they were before treatment.

Teeth whitening that is performed at home with a whitening kit provided by our office takes longer to achieve the level of results we can obtain in the office. However, tooth bleaching at home may be more convenient or comfortable for some patients. Home whitening gets excellent results. Patients may notice a difference after their very first home whitening treatment. With each application of the professional-grade tooth bleaching solution, teeth will look slightly more radiant. In most cases, dramatic results are achieved within a two-week period. However, the more severe discoloration can take longer to correct.

How does the teeth whitening process work?

The teeth whitening gel is a peroxide that soaks into the tiny dentinal tubules which is located under your enamel. It forces oxygen molecules to come forward thus brightening the enamel. You see, enamel is translucent and really doesnt have much color. The color all comes from the dentin underneath it.. Because we are affecting intrincis stains that occurred over the years, stains from coffee, tea, and even smoking can be minimized or even eliminated in just one visit. It is also possible for teeth to be made whiter than their natural shade using professional-grade products and techniques.

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