Patients usually consider Professional teeth whitening procedures when they’ve noticed their teeth are looking a little off-white, or maybe yellow. Unfortunately, some clients come to us having already spent money on home whitening kits that failed to deliver acceptable results.
There are many different methods for achieving a brighter, whiter smile. You can make an informed decision when you understand why teeth become discolored and how various treatments can restore them to their natural color.
Why Teeth Become Discolored
The foods and drinks we consume can lead to discoloration of our teeth. Tomato-based sauces, balsamic vinegar, coffee, tea, red wine, and many more may affect the whiteness of our smile. Smoking cigarettes or cigars, and even the medications we take can also lead to white turning to more of a yellow color. A good oral hygiene routine will mostly keep those stains at bay, though.
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 that has 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.
When this happens, the dentin becomes more visible, and our teeth take on a more yellow appearance.
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 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 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 do reach the level of dentin and remove the yellow tinge. Many dentists believe this is both a more effective and gentler method of achieving 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.
In-Office Teeth Whitening
While home whitening kits are a good option, there is no substitute for having your teeth whitening treatment 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, and other oral issues. It may be that your dentist needs to treat these issues before you should begin the whitening process.
Your dentist 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 looking great; for the best result, your teeth should all have the same color, or as close to it as possible.
In cosmetic dentistry, a popular option for getting white teeth 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 procedure, 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, leaving only your teeth exposed.
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 both 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 lighter 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 would strongly recommend having a consultation with a qualified professional before carrying out any teeth whitening treatment.
The oral cavity is a sensitive area, and incorrectly performed procedures can lead to gum irritation, tooth sensitivity, and an uneven coloration of teeth.
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.