If you are struggling with stained or discolored teeth, our team at Oliver Park Dental can help you. The way your smile looks impacts your life in a variety of ways. It’s important to understand what products and solutions are available and how we use them. Not everyone should purchase over-the-counter products. These are often ineffective and costly. With the help of the team at Oliver Park Dental, you’ll get a customised consultation that addresses all of your needs.
When You Need Teeth Whitening
If you’re nervous about smiling in social or business situations because you’re concerned that the appearance of your teeth may cause a bad impression, it’s time to talk with your dentist about a teeth whitening program. Before you proceed, however, there are several things about the process that you need to know. There are two separates types of tooth discoloration — intrinsic and extrinsic yellowing.
Extrinsic yellowing is caused by stains from coffee, tea red wine, blueberries and other dark fruits, black tea, and nicotine use. This type can commonly be dealt with by a good cleaning and by using at-home whitening products. However, your dentist may prescribe an in-office treatment for teeth that have been neglected for a period of time or have become deeply stained.
Intrinsic yellowing on the other hand, is caused by issues on the inside of the teeth and does not respond well to whitening toothpastes. Your dentist can successfully treat this condition with a series of in-office visits using bleaching products designed to lighten the inner tissues of your teeth. Here’s what you need to know about intrinsic discoloration:
- Your teeth should be in relatively good condition for this procedure to have maximum effect. If you’ve got cavities or other dental issues, your dentist will fix these problems before proceeding with the teeth whitening process.
- You may experience some sensitivity as a result of the process. This generally doesn’t last more than 24 hours and can be alleviated using over-the-counter pain relievers.
- The results will last anywhere from six months to two years, so you should be prepared for having whitening treatments as a semi-regular part of your dental care.
Who Should Get Teeth Whitening?
The teeth whitening services we offer are safe when performed in the office and according to our instructions. Our products, including ZOOM whitening, can help you to see significant improvement in the way your teeth look. However, Some people may not be able to have teeth whitening without further dental care as a first step. This may include those with tooth decay, white spots on the teeth, gum infections, sensitivity, discoloration (for other reasons), crowns and bridges.
Find the Teeth Whitening You Need
We offer in-office ZOOM whitening. This process takes only a few minutes but can improve your teeth but numerous shades with each visit. When you come in for your consultation, we’ll talk to you about how well this treatment can work for you and what you can expect.
The process we use involves the application of a chemical (hydrogen peroxide or hydrogen carbamide) that creates a reaction on the teeth and works as a bleaching to remove stains from the inner tubules of the enamel (where the stains accumulate). You cannot remove these stains through traditional brushing. The ZOOM whitening technique uses a laser to help significantly improve the results. You’ll find that this is a faster and highly efficient way of improving your smile.
We also offer complimentary take home whitening products. After you come in to our office for a cleaning, we will provide you with a free take-home whitening product with custom formed trays. This is an option available only to those who are clinically able to use these products and who would like to do so. This is a great way to learn more about how you can benefit from the use of whitening technology. Ask our team about the options available to you.
The Benefits of Teeth Whitening
You may want to consider teeth whitening to enhance your appearance, give you more confidence and improve your self-esteem if you are often trying to hide your teeth now, and create the right first impression during job interviews or when meeting new people.