When I ask people what they would change most about their smile, the most common response is whiter teeth. If you are thinking about whitening your teeth here are common questions and answers most people have about teeth whitening. Let’s face it….you want that Denzel smile but yes you have questions.
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-Food and Drink
These can be major culprits in changing the color of your teeth. Examples like coffee, tea and red wine have intense color pigments called chromogens. These cling to the enamel of your teeth, changing color or leaving stain.
Chemicals like Tar and Nicotine are both surface staining substances.
Over time the outer enamel layer gets thinner and the yellow layer of dentin (under enamel) shows more.
Injuries to teeth can change color because damage to the teeth (such as blunt trauma to a tooth) makes teeth react by laying more dentin (darker layer under enamel).
Darkening can be side effects of antihistamines, antipsychotics, high blood pressure medications, antibiotics and chemotherapy.
Teeth whitening involves bleaching your teeth to make them look lighter. You can whiten with a take home kit from Dr. Gordon or come and get you teeth whitened chairside at our office. Teeth whitening can lighten teeth several shades. This depends on your dedication to the whitening and the degree of whiteness varies from person to person depending o the health of the teeth and the stain on the teeth.
Our office offers two types of teeth whitening/procedure treatments:
A consult with Dr. Gordon will be your first step to teeth whitening. Teeth have to be in a healthy state to whiten. Next we will make impressions of your teeth so we can make custom trays to fit your unique smile. You will then return to the office to pick up your trays and whitening bleach gel. You will wear these trays daily for one to two hours for two weeks with bleach placed in them as Dr. Gordon will instruct you how to do. After that you will have a follow up appointment with Dr. Gordon to check your progress. Depending on your progress you will continue the daily use or go to a maintenance plan. This is a popular choice and very successful one. We have many patients already on this plan and more than overjoyed with their results. It is also a good idea and recommended to be up to date on your hygiene appointments for better results.
-ZOOM in Office
With Zoom your first appointment will be a consult with Dr. Gordon as with the take home option to make sure your teeth are healthy. You will also receive a prescription toothpaste that will make the ZOOM treatment a comfortable experience. Your next appointment will be the Zoom treatment. You will come into the office and receive the Zoom treatment with a special LED light that will brighten your smile in a two hour session. You should notice that your teeth will be several shades lighter upon completion. Impressions of your teeth will also be taken at this appointment because with ZOOM you also get the take home maintenance program to maintain the bright smile that Zoom and Dr. Gordon help you achieve.
Research by the ADA shows peroxide containing whitening products are completely safe for tooth enamel and the nerves of teeth. Teeth whitening can cause sensitivity however. This does not happen to all people that whiten. If this occurs, we can give you a lower percentage of whitening bleach. You can also be prescribed a toothpaste to help with sensitivity. There are also over the counter products Dr. Gordon can suggest to you to help with sensitivity. Desensitizing gel is another option for sensitivity that Dr. Gordon can give to you.
This can depend on your dedication to your specific whitening plan. Follow Dr. Gordon’s maintenance instructions and you will have great long lasting results. You can continue on a maintenance whitening plan for as long as desired. Food and drink you consume are big factors. Daily hygiene of brushing and flossing will make your whitening results much better and last longer.
Most of the time dental insurance companies do not cover this procedure because they consider it a cosmetic procedure. However, you can always check with your provider of dental insurance to check. We can even do that for you at our office.
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