Types of Stains Addressed with Whitening
Extrinsic staining refers to stains that occur on the outer layer of the tooth, known as the enamel. This type of staining is usually caused by foods and drinks. Intrinsic stains affect the inner portion of the tooth, known as the dentin. These stains are caused by factors such as overexposure to fluoride.
While regular brushing and teeth whitening can significantly improve extrinsic stains, patients with intrinsic stains are usually better candidates for porcelain veneers or dental bonding. Both of these cosmetic dentistry treatments conceal deeper cosmetic concerns such as intrinsic staining on the front of the tooth.
The Treatment Process
Dr. Rink uses the Philips Zoom! teeth whitening system. Typically, a whitening treatment takes about one hour. First, Dr. Tracy will insert a cheek retractor so he can access all of your teeth and carefully apply the whitening gel. He may also use a special solution along the gum line to protect the gums throughout treatment. An LED light is then used to activate the bleaching agent. Often, this process is repeated several times to accomplish the desired level of whitening.
Benefits of Professional Whitening over Other Methods
Professional teeth whitening offers several distinct benefits, such as:
- Predictable Results
- Dr. Tracy uses the utmost precision when applying the whitening gel to ensure that the surface of each tooth is evenly whitened. Additionally, you can choose the level of whitening you desire for the most satisfying results. Typically, over-the-counter whitening strips or trays are difficult to place accurately and do not properly mold to your teeth, causing some areas to be missed.
- Reduced Irritation
- Using a protective solution along the gums can prevent excess whitening gel from causing the gum irritation and sensitivity often associated with over-the-counter whitening products.
- Long-Lasting Results
- Because store-bought whitening products are not especially resistant to staining, patients have to consistently maintain their treatment. Meanwhile, many of our patients enjoy a significantly whiter smile for up to a year.
Although most patients are good candidates for teeth whitening, there are certain factors which could disqualify you. If you suffer from gum disease or poor oral health, teeth whitening may not be the best treatment option. During your consultation, Dr. Tracy can help you determine the best way to improve your smile.
Dr. Tracy provides professional teeth whitening that can brighten your smile by several shades in a single visit.
Maintaining Your Results
Most patients can touch up their whitening treatments with a yearly visit to our office. In between visits, there are several ways you can preserve your results, including:
- Avoiding coffee, wine, and other drinks that cause staining
- Drinking through a straw
- Maintaining proper oral hygiene to fight plaque
- Abstaining from certain foods like berries, balsamic vinegar, or tomato-based sauces
- Quitting smoking
During your biannual cleaning and exam, Dr. Tracy can recommend when your next whitening treatment should be scheduled to maintain the bright smile you desire.
Improve Your Smile and Your Confidence
Teeth whitening can boost your self-confidence, encouraging you to share your smile with others more often. To learn more about Zoom! teeth whitening, contact us online or call us at (601) 924-0770.