Teeth Whitening Services
If you are currently dissatisfied with the appearance of your natural teeth, you may have considered cosmetic dentistry to restore your bright white smile. With nearly 90% of orthodontists reporting patients requesting tooth whitening, professional tooth whitening procedures are becoming more common.
If you’re ready to pursue a whiter smile, Scott J Owens DDS Cosmetic & Family Dentistry has the solution you need.
Our professional whitening services make it easier and faster than ever to transform your discolored teeth into the attractive smile you’ve always wanted. Discover how our dental office can restore your pearly whites and give you a brighter smile you’ll be proud to share.
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What is Tooth Whitening?
Tooth whitening is the process of lightening and brightening stained, yellow, or discolored teeth. Whitening is achieved by altering the color of the tooth enamel using a technique called bleaching. Active bleaching ingredients, such as hydrogen or carbamide peroxide, react with the staining pigments in your teeth, breaking them down and dispersing them for easier removal. This results in a smile up to eight shades whiter.
Drug stores offer a wide range of tooth whitening products for home use, but these products vary in effectiveness and, in some cases, can damage your tooth enamel and adversely impact your oral health.
If you’re looking for a more effective, longer-term whitening solution, Scott J Owens DDS Cosmetic & Family Dentistry offers a range of professional teeth whitening services for a safer and more reliable color correction.
Before the teeth whitening process, your dentist must identify whether your tooth stains are extrinsic or intrinsic. Treatment options for extrinsically or intrinsically stains differ, and knowing the differences between these two common forms of staining can help you and your dentist find the right option for your teeth.
Extrinsic stains also called extrinsic discoloration, occur on the tooth’s outer protective layer called the enamel.
Extrinsic stains are usually caused by poor diet or lifestyle habits. Over time, the foods and beverages you consume are absorbed into the tooth enamel, resulting in significant staining and discoloration. Dark-colored beverages like sodas, dark beer, red wine, coffee, and some pigmented foods can be detrimental to your overall dental health and lead to yellow or gray teeth.
Damaging lifestyle habits such as smoking can also cause extrinsic staining. Maintaining white teeth is nearly impossible if staining products like nicotine are a part of your daily life.
Intrinsic discoloration is internal staining that affects the deeper layers of the teeth. These deeper stains are often caused by certain medications, illness, or trauma. Because these stains occur within the dentin, the area beneath your tooth enamel that surrounds the pulp, oftentimes, they cannot be removed using conventional teeth whitening products.
For intrinsic staining, we offer alternative cosmetic treatments, like dental veneers, which may be more suitable.
Who is a Candidate for Teeth Whitening?
Before trying a cosmetic procedure like teeth whitening, a dental professional needs to examine your teeth to see if you are a suitable candidate. Ideal candidates for an office whitening procedure have healthy teeth without restorations like fillings, implants, crowns, or dental bridges, as well as healthy gum tissue.
If a licensed dentist determines you have periodontal disease, tooth decay, cavities, or exposed roots, you may not be the best candidate for teeth whitening. Pregnant or lactating women and individuals who are allergic to whitening agents used in the bleaching process are also not ideal candidates for this type of cosmetic dentistry.
Teeth whitening is inappropriate for children under 16, especially those with baby teeth. If you are over 16 but have highly sensitive teeth, this aesthetic cosmetic dentistry procedure may not be right for you.
Contact Scott J Owens DDS Cosmetic & Family Dentistry to find the treatment plan right for your whitening goals.
Our Teeth Whitening Treatment Options
With the global market for teeth whitening products destined to reach $7.4 billion by 2024, more people are discovering the benefits of brighter teeth. With a variety of approaches to tooth whitening currently on the market, it’s important to understand your options.
Scott J Owens DDS Cosmetic & Family Dentistry offers two affordable whitening procedures, Zoom Whitening and At-Home Whitening, both proven to produce quality results without requiring you to take much time out of your day.
The Zoom Whitening process is one of the most commonly recommended procedures available for mild to moderate stains and yellowing. This in-office whitening treatment only takes about an hour and can whiten your teeth by at least six to eight shades in a single treatment.
Typically, with this type of teeth whitening option, as with the at-home option, we recommend having your teeth professionally cleaned by a dental hygienist about two weeks before the procedure.
Dr. Owens uses laser teeth whitening and a special whitening gel on your stained teeth during this office whitening procedure. The gel is left for 15 minutes and then rinsed off. Your teeth are compared against a shading chart to determine if you have achieved your desired shade. If not, your dentist can repeat the process twice more to give you whiter teeth.
To reduce the possibility of gum irritation following the procedure, Dr. Owens will take every precaution to protect the soft tissue of your gums or lips from coming into contact with the gel or the UV light.
Take-Home Whitening Kit
Our other effective whitening options provide you with a take-home kit. This bleaching system provides professional-strength whitening gels and customized trays that are much more effective than over-the-counter products offered at your local drug store, which use weaker whitening components.
This procedure requires you to wear your fitted whitening trays for only 5-10 minutes once or twice a week. This means you can achieve and maintain the smile of your dreams in less than 30 minutes a month!
Take-home whitening may be an excellent option for those who don’t have the time to come into the dental office for treatment or want to touch up their treatment after an in-office procedure.
Make a Teeth Whitening Appointment Today
Scott J Owens DDS Cosmetic & Family Dentistry offers high-quality teeth-whitening services that can give you back your brilliant smile, often in as little as one hour. With Zoom Whitening and Take-Home options available, you can achieve the smile of your dreams.
Scott J Owens DDS Cosmetic & Family Dentists
Monday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Tuesday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Thursday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Friday 7 a.m.-1 p.m.
2nd Saturday of month 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
32931 Middlebelt Rd. Suite #608
Farmington Hills, MI 48334