Why Is Teeth Whitening So Popular?

In-Office Professional Teeth Whitening

Now more than ever, smiling, laughing faces seem to reveal glowing examples of bright, white teeth. Whether it’s actors on the screen or your neighbors next door, yellowed or dull gray teeth are becoming less and less common. Why? Because professional teeth whitening is now so easily available and reasonably priced that it’s becoming one of the fastest-growing cosmetic procedures.

At Bright Side Dental, we use only the finest of in-office tooth whitening products. The most popular option we have available is the Philips Zoom teeth whitening. This teeth whitening procedure can make your teeth up to eight shades whiter in just 45 minutes!

The Zoom procedure utilizes a light-activated whitening gel with the active ingredient of Hydrogen Peroxide. This gel is applied to the patients teeth and, during the procedure, the Hydrogen Peroxide is broken down and oxygen enters the enamel and dentin, bleaching the stained teeth while the preserving their structure. After the gel is applied, the dentist shines the specialized Zoom light source on the teeth. This aids in the activation of the hydrogen peroxide and helps it penetrate the surface of the tooth.

The Philips Zoom teeth whitening is a fast and effective way to whiten your teeth. Having a dentist supervise the process also helps to insure that it is carried out safely and correctly. Many dentists consider it to be the safest cosmetic dental procedure you can receive. It is also more effective than at-home teeth whitening options that are available over-the-counter.

A report by the American Dental Association, the ADA, explains that most teeth have no trouble with the process, “Your dentist can tell you whether whitening procedures would be effective for you. Whiteners may not correct all types of discoloration. For example, yellowish hued teeth will probably bleach well, brownish-colored teeth may bleach less well, and grayish-hued teeth may not bleach well at all.”

The ADA continues, “Each visit may take from 30 minutes to one hour. During chairside bleaching, the dentist will apply either a protective gel to your gums or a rubber shield to protect the oral soft tissues. A bleaching agent is then applied to the teeth, and a special light may be used to enhance the action of the agent. Specialized lamps have been used during tooth whitening procedures to enhance the action of the whitening agent.”

But the ADA warns, “Likewise, bleaching may not enhance your smile if you have had bonding or tooth-colored fillings placed in your front teeth. The whitener will not affect the color of these materials, and they will stand out in your newly whitened smile. In these cases, you may want to investigate other options, like porcelain veneers or dental bonding.”

At-Home Teeth Whitening

If you want to whiten your teeth, but would rather do it at-home than in our dentist office, we also have an option for that. It is called Nite White. This at-home whitening system is begun in the office and completed at home in about 14 days.

Nite White teeth whitening in 5 simple steps:
  1. During the first appointment, custom gel-holding trays are sized to fit the mouth
  2. The patient returns, usually the next day, and is fitted for the trays
  3. The patient receives the Nite White take-home kit which includes the whitening gel
  4. The Night White trays are worn either overnight or during the day
  5. In about two weeks the patient will have a much brighter, fresher smile!

Dingy, yellow, or gray teeth can ruin a smile, make for a poor first impression, and actually might negatively influence the outcome of a meeting or interview. Call Bright Side Dental at 1-800-PAINLESS to schedule an appointment today for your free teeth whitening consultation.

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