The Benefits Of In-Office Teeth Whitening
- Reverse years of stains and yellowing – Whether you have stains from drinking coffee, smoking tobacco, or just from age and natural wear on your teeth, teeth whitening can help. At Country Day Dental, Dr. Schmidgall uses Zoom! teeth whitening to provide amazing results. You can boost your self-confidence and feel proud of your smile once again.
- Affordable and non-invasive – Teeth whitening is one of the most affordable types of cosmetic treatment, so it’s a good way to get started if you want to restore your smile. It’s also a non-invasive treatment, meaning there’s no need for any drills, numbing shots, or other such things.
- Long-lasting results – If you take good care of your smile, your results will last up to 2-3 years or longer. Periodic touch-ups from Dr. Schmidgall can extend your results indefinitely, making teeth whitening a great investment in your smile.
- Fast results in just one appointment – Zoom! teeth whitening offers incredible results. Most patients can expect their teeth to be 6-8 shades brighter after just a single appointment at Country Day Dental.
What Is Teeth Whitening?
Teeth whitening is the best way to reverse stains and yellowing, and restore the natural brightness of your smile. There are lots of different whitening methods, but they all use the same basic active ingredient, known as a “peroxide.” Both hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxide can be used for teeth whitening.
These peroxides contain very volatile oxygen molecules. When these contact surface stains on your enamel, they “snap” the molecular bonds that hold the stains in the pores of your teeth. This “bleaches” your tooth, removing the stain and restoring the naturally bright appearance of your enamel.
However, it is important to note that teeth whitening only works on external stains, and is not effective for internally-stained teeth. Severe stains may also be too extensive to treat with teeth whitening. In these cases, alternative cosmetic treatments such as veneers may be recommended.
What Can I Expect From My Zoom! Teeth Whitening Treatment?
To begin the process, Dr. Schmidgall will use a special liquid protectant to coat your gums, and he will separate your cheeks and tongue from your teeth using retractors. Then, he will apply the Zoom! whitening gel, and use a special LED light appliance to activate the gel and speed up the whitening process.
The gel is left on for 15 minutes, and then is rinsed away. This process is typically repeated 3 times, so you’ll spend a total of 45 minutes having your teeth whitened. After this, Dr. Schmidgall will apply a special gel to protect your teeth post-treatment, and you’ll be sent home to enjoy your bright new smile.
Does Teeth Whitening Cause Sensitivity?
Yes. Most patients experience some tooth sensitivity for a few days after treatment. This is normal, and should be expected. It will go away quickly, and is not a cause for concern.
To help with sensitivity, you can use Sensodyne or a similar anti-sensitivity toothpaste. Eating soft foods and avoiding very hot foods and drinks such as hot coffee or ice cream can also help you mitigate tooth sensitivity as you recover from teeth whitening.
Dr. Schmidgall and his staff are very friendly and warm. The office is well run and very professional. Treatment there is always comfortable and painless!
Krista S. (Actual Patient)