Teeth whitening, you know, many times people’s teeth, they’re fine. I mean, structurally they’re fine, whether the placement of them, everything is good it’s just that people aren’t happy with the color. It could be way back from when, years ago people had Tetracycline staining. That’s more difficult to whiten but you can get some improvement with that. Even just as we get older, our teeth are going to naturally discolor and the bottom-line is everybody is not born with white teeth. Some people are just born with darker teeth and so being able to use a procedure such as tooth whitening whether it be with a [ traze 00:00:30 ], and that’s something that someone does at home.
The only difference is that that’s going to take a lot longer. Me personally, I’m not someone who’s not going to probably wear the traze every night for six weeks, I’d rather come in and spend two hours in the office and that’s just a personal preference. Ultimately being able to do tooth whitening and get to a point where someone is happier with their tooth color, they’re happy with their smile and they haven’t had to really do anything that’s irreversible to their teeth. I think for a lot of people that’s a big thing. Tooth whitening chair side, meaning the one that we do in the office used to be very uncomfortable for patients.
It still can sometimes be a little uncomfortable but some of the things that we do now is we put them on PreviDent which is a prescription toothpaste, so you can only get a [ script 00:01:16 ]. It has a high concentration of fluoride. All of our patients use that for literally three weeks before they even do the procedure. The biggest thing is at night when they brush their teeth we tell them not to rinse out. They can spit it up but they have to keep it … Don’t rinse it out. We follow, we cut down on the sensitivity from that procedure by 80%, 90%, so some people who would have never thought to do it before are much more comfortable with it.
The thing that’s nice about the chair side is you can customize the shade. Instead you might get to a point where we would have lightened more but you’re able to actually show the patient as you’re going through the steps. They might decide that they’re happy with the color and they really don’t want their teeth any whiter. It’s a way of really being able to control that which makes it nice.
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Types Of Teeth Whitening Treatments
At Volterra Dental, we know the value of having options. That’s why we offer two kinds of professional-strength teeth whitening: Zoom! and Opalescence. Both use a gel containing a professional-strength whitening agent and can be done:
- In-office for fast, dramatic results
- At-home for your convenience
Who Can Get Teeth Whitening Treatments?
Both Zoom! and Opalescence are great at lifting stains off your teeth, but they will not whiten dental work such as dental crowns, tooth fillings, or veneers. If you plan to get any of these cosmetic dentistry or restorative dentistry procedures done, we may recommend teeth whitening beforehand so your restorations can be matched to your newly whitened smile.
Also, patients with gum disease or other dental problems may require treatment before whitening their teeth.
Teeth Whitening At The Dentist
The main problem with over-the-counter teeth whitening treatments is that the whitening agent is significantly weaker and therefore less effective. Even with regular use, you may not experience the results you desire. Additionally, store-bought systems usually affect the tooth surface only, whereas whitening at Volterra Dental penetrates enamel to lift more stains.
Why Do My Teeth Lose Their White Color?
Your teeth may look smooth, but your enamel is filled with tiny imperfections where food and drinks like coffee can become trapped. Over time, these stains add up and can make your white teeth look discolored. Plaque can also build up on your enamel, further staining your teeth.
Regular dental cleanings and exams help to prevent plaque buildup and keep your teeth shiny, but you may still require a teeth whitening treatment to attain your ideal shade.