Teeth whitening, or bleaching, is a procedure that removes surface stains and discoloration from teeth. The treatment can also help lighten the color of dark-colored teeth. It is a safe, non-invasive cosmetic dental procedure completed in the dentist's office. At Foothill Dental Care, our dentist will apply a hydrogen peroxide gel to your teeth. They will then use a dental light to activate the gel, which will gradually whiten the enamel of the teeth. They will likely recommend that you refrain from eating foods and drinks that can stain the teeth for a few days following the procedure to allow the teeth time to heal. Some patients may experience tooth sensitivity after undergoing treatment. This sensitivity is usually only temporary and can be treated with toothpaste for sensitive teeth.
What Causes Teeth Discoloration?
- Certain foods and drinks, especially those known to stain, such as coffee, dark sodas, red wine, and berries, can discolor your teeth over time. If you consume these foods or beverages regularly, be sure to brush and floss immediately after consumption to help reduce any staining that may occur.
- Smoking cigarettes is one of the most well-known habits that stain teeth yellow. The nicotine in the cigarette weakens your enamel and allows stains to seep into the layers of the tooth. It is recommended to quit smoking to improve your dental health and prevent further staining.
- Age is another factor that causes tooth discoloration. As you age, the enamel on your teeth thins and wears away. This exposes the inner layer of your tooth called dentin. Dentin is naturally a darker color than enamel, making teeth appear darker.
- Other oral health issues, such as tooth decay, gum disease, and dry mouth, can cause teeth to become discolored. Treating these conditions as soon as possible is essential to prevent more damage to the teeth and reduce future staining.
What Type of Teeth Whitening Procedure Do We Offer?
Zoom Whitening is a bleaching procedure that employs gel and a specialized lamp to eliminate discoloration from your teeth. Zoom is one of the market's most popular and effective tooth-whitening procedures. At Foothill Dental Care, our dental team prefers this procedure and believes it is the best whitening alternative.
Zoom employs a UV laser developed explicitly for stain removal and a specially prepared whitening gel. This whitening procedure is rapid, safe, and effective. We apply a peroxide-based gel to your teeth during the office treatment. Afterward, we place a specialized lamp near your mouth. The lamp's low-level heat causes a chemical reaction with the gel, which helps break down stains and whiten teeth.
The Benefits of Zoom In-Office Whitening
Results Are Consistent and Long-Lasting
The most significant advantage of in-office teeth whitening is that skilled and experienced specialists perform it. Your Zoom whitening dentist will clean your teeth before treatment, protect the soft tissues of your mouth, and administer the whitening gel with precision and care, ensuring consistent results over your whole smile. Professional tooth whitening also provides the longest-lasting results, and with care and thought, as well as top-up at-home whitening, you can keep your results permanently.
It Is Ideal for Persons With Sensitive Teeth
Individuals with sensitive teeth can still have their teeth whitened using Zoom. The teeth whitening varnish and gel have been carefully designed to avoid tooth or gum irritation. Throughout the surgery, patients may experience brief bursts of pain. Most patients, however, are willing to put up with a bit of discomfort in exchange for whiter teeth.
If you want a brighter smile, contact Foothill Dental Care: Jean Lee, DDS, at 6581 Foothill Blvd, Tujunga, CA, 91042, or call (818) 353-1125 to schedule an appointment. We can examine your teeth and help you determine the best treatment for your needs.