Stains on your teeth can seriously detract from your smile, but with today’s teeth whitening treatments, patients can come away with teeth that are 8-10 shades whiter. Depending on the particular treatment method, those results can be achieved within an hour, as well.
When you work with a cosmetic dentist who offers ZOOM! chairside whitening, you can get remarkably rapid results from your teeth whitening treatment.
As with all teeth whitening treatments, the foundation of this method is a gel that contains a bleaching agent designed to eradicate stains from the enamel. With ZOOM!, the gel is activated by a laser that helps the bleaching agent take effect more quickly. This treatment usually requires patients to spend about an hour in the cosmetic dentist’s office.
Depending on your needs and your budget, your cosmetic dentist may also suggest an at-home treatment. This is a convenient method where patients wear the bleaching gel in a custom-crafted tray designed to meet their unique dental structure.
Those trays are typically worn for a specified amount of time, and at the patient’s convenience so they do not interfere with the daily routine at all. Patients do have to wait for a longer period of time—at least a few days—before results become visible with this treatment method.
Although some teeth whitening methods are available over-the-counter, they tend to be less effective than those that you receive from a dentist.
All teeth whitening treatments, whether they are administered in the dental office or the patient’s home, will require periodic touch-ups to maintain the results. You may be able to extend the time period between those sessions by making certain adjustments to your routine, like limiting your consumption of foods and beverages that can stain the teeth and quitting smoking if you partake in that habit.
If you want to rid your smile of stains that are plaguing your teeth, talk to our dental team at North Shore Restorative & Implant Dentistry about whitening treatments to enhance your smile’s aesthetics.
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