Smile Whitening:You have probably come to this page because you are interested in using the science of cosmetic dentistry to create a whiter and more esthetically pleasing smile. Why are teeth discolored? A number of factors can contribute including:
- Tetracycline (antibiotic staining)
- Excessive fluoride causing flourosis or mottling
- Trauma (injury) to the tooth
- Pulp (nerve) degeneration inside the tooth
- Restorative materials like silver, leaching over time
- Genetic factors and acquired illnesses
- Ageing, attrition, abrasion and erosion
- Staining substances like tobacco, tea or coffee
Nowadays, with a greater life expectancy and greater social emphasis on personal appearance, health and vitality, we all want to have healthy beautiful teeth. People in all walks of life place great importance on a winning smile, for social reasons and for personal esteem and well-being.
So what’s the solution?
The solution is cosmetic dentistry. Depending on your individual case, you may require extensive cosmetic procedures or just simple tooth whitening. Tooth whitening can be achieved as an in-office procedure or by a supervised home - care method. We offer both the ZOOM! in-office whitening (1 hour) and the take-home whitening systems also.
Supervised at-home tooth whitening is a process that bleaches the color of stained enamel (the outside layer of tooth structure). No natural tooth structure is lost and no anesthetic is required.
However, tooth whitening isn’t for every one. We will first examine your teeth, gums and need to determine the exact cause of your tooth discoloration to determine if you are a good candidate for tooth whitening. There are 2 kinds of at - home bleaching systems: Day - time bleaching systems and Night - time bleaching systems.
The main difference between them is the time for which the bleaching trays are worn and the speed at which the whitening process takes place.
We recommend the Daywhite or Nightwhite systems for the take-home option or the ZOOM! system for those that prefer a quicker (1 hour) in-office smile whitening
These systems use carbamide peroxide as the main ingredient along with modifiers, flavoring, etc. Bleaching occurs from the peroxide penetrating into the enamel and dentin thereby oxidizing the offending stains in the tooth. Because fillings do not bleach, any fillings you have in your front teeth will not bleach the same shade as the tooth. Teeth are darker along the gum line naturally. This is why we will assess the condition of your gums & any fillings you have in your front teeth prior to bleaching.