Staining and discoloration can dull the appearance of your pearly whites, making you self-conscious in social and professional situations. Owens Cosmetic & Family Dentistry offers in-chair and at-home professional teeth whitening solutions using the Zoom! System so you can achieve dramatic results and a beautiful smile in a single dental visit.
Why Teeth Become Discolored
The foods and drinks we consume can lead to discoloration of our teeth. Tomato-based sauces, balsamic vinegar, dark beverages such as coffee, tea, red wine, and other acidic and tannin-rich foods and drink can affect the whiteness of our smile.
Smoking cigarettes, cigars, and even some medications can result in a duller smile.
One of the main reasons our teeth become discolored is that beneath the outer layer of enamel on each tooth, there is a core of dentin with a yellow tinge. Over time, the outer layer of enamel is worn down by eating acidic foods, grinding our teeth, or even just before thinner due to natural aging.
Sometimes too tooth trauma can cause yellow teeth or dark spots.
When this happens, the dentin becomes more visible.
Finally, age may eventually cause your teeth to shade over time.
Intrinsic Discoloration and Extrinsic Discoloration
The two main types of stained teeth are intrinsic and extrinsic discoloration.
Intrinsic discoloration refers to teeth with deeper stains in the dentin layer. Sometimes this type of discoloration may be caused by tooth trauma. Home whitening procedures may have little effect on this type of discoloration. In-office whitening treatments, often with peroxide-based bleaching agents, can give you a whiter smile, many shades whiter than possible from over-the-counter products.
Extrinsic discoloration originates on the tooth’s surface and is usually due to stain-causing food, tobacco, or dark-colored beverages.
Professional whitening services provided in dental offices effectively treat both types of discoloration.
Home Whitening Kit Options
There are many commercially available home-whitening kits for teeth, and some are more effective than others. Kits may contain whitening products such as special toothpaste, whitening strips, whitening gels, and other abrasive substances that aim to remove stains from the surface of the tooth enamel.
The downside is that these methods do not penetrate down to the dentin of the teeth, which is possibly the cause of an individual’s yellow smile.
Alternatively, home teeth whitening gel and kits may contain bleaching trays and chemical agents that bleach the teeth, removing the stains and leaving teeth looking whiter and great. These chemicals usually reach dentin level and remove the yellow tinge. Many dentists believe this is more effective and gentler to achieve the desired color.
At Owens Cosmetic and Family Dentistry, we take the guesswork away. Our home-whitening kits contain professional strength products and come complete with custom-fitted whitening trays. A more comfortable fitting tray will make the process more pleasant, while the concentration in our chemicals will help your teeth.
Advantages of In-Office Teeth Whitening
While home whitening kits are a good option, there is no substitute for having your teeth whitening process performed by one of our highly skilled cosmetic dentists. During the initial consultation, your dentist will examine your mouth for signs of tooth decay, gum disease or gum tissue issues, and other oral health issues. It may be that your dentist needs to treat these issues before you should begin the whitening process.
Your dentist or dental hygienist will check for already completed dental work, such as crowns or dental veneers, as the whitening process will not work on them as it will on your natural teeth. The aim of cosmetic dentistry and teeth whitening is usually to have a brighter smile and look great; for the best result, your teeth should all have the same color or as close to it as possible.
Other benefits of teeth whitening include hiding imperfections, improving self-esteem, and giving you a white smile.
Another popular teeth whitening option for cosmetic dentistry is the Zoom Whitening treatment. Whitening your teeth using the Zoom Whitening method is safe, quick, and is an in-office treatment, carried out by your dentist in a controlled environment.
During the office procedures, your dentist will insert a mouth guard to minimize discomfort when holding your mouth open for an extended period. They will then apply a covering to your lips and gums, exposing only your teeth.
They will then apply the Zoom Whitening coating on your teeth. The active ingredient is the substance is hydrogen peroxide. As the chemical breaks down, it releases oxygen, which will penetrate the outer layer of enamel and the inner dentin, removing stains as it goes.
To help stimulate the hydrogen peroxide further to achieve maximum benefit, your dentist will also shine a Zoom ultra-violet light on your teeth. Your dentist will repeat this process three times, each period lasting 15 minutes.
The whole treatment takes around one hour, at the end of which a patient’s teeth are typically 6-8 shades brighter than before the process.
To maintain the whiter color for as long as possible, we can provide one of our specialized home-teeth whitening kits. You can carry out the treatment in your own home at your convenience.
We strongly recommend consulting a qualified professional before any teeth whitening treatment.
The oral cavity is a sensitive area, and incorrectly performed procedures can lead to gum irritation, tooth sensitivity, and uneven teeth coloration.
As one of the leading teeth-whitening dentists in the Michigan area, we can offer friendly, professional advice to help you achieve your dream smile.
Contact us at Owens Cosmetic & Family Dentistry today at 248-621-4816 or fill out our online consultation form.
Visit us and find out what teeth whitening services and whitening options are best for you.