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In this age of social media and always being seen, having a white and bright smile has become more important than ever. Having white teeth is something that everyone desires. Unfortunately, life and daily activities can cause teeth to become dull and stained. Age causes the enamel to dull in color, and this naturally affects the quality of the smile.
Fortunately, cosmetic dentistry can help reverse this problem. Teeth whitening has become immensely popular. It is necessary to understand the different types of professional teeth whitening methods before choosing one for yourself.
One of the most reliable forms of professional teeth whitening is custom-fit bleaching trays. Trays with whitening products are designed to be fitted over the teeth for some time. The trays help ensure that the whitening gel does not get out of the device. This helps ensure maximum exposure of the substance to the teeth.
The trays are convenient, helping whiten the teeth within a short time. The dentist will custom-fit the trays for each patient. Over-the-counter products that are not custom fit will not have the same effectiveness.
Laser technology is becoming popular in many industries including dentistry. The laser technology helps activate the whitening product used in the treatment. The laser treatment works fast, and whitening occurs in a short time period.
During the treatment, guards will be placed over the gums and lips to protect them from the laser. Not everyone is a good candidate for this treatment. The dentist will recommend the best treatment for each individual.
Zoom in-office teeth whitening is a popular procedure that helps enhance the appearance of the teeth. The dentist will conduct a comprehensive exam of your teeth to determine if you are a good candidate for Zoom whitening.
Teeth cleaning is ideal before the whitening process, which takes less than one hour. The lips and gums will be covered, leaving all the teeth exposed. The dental professional will then apply the Zoom hydrogen peroxide whitening gel to the teeth. A Zoom light then penetrates the teeth, breaking up all the stains.
When performed by a professional, tooth whitening is very safe and effective. The whitening procedure involves opening pores that have absorbed stains and removing them. Dentists use special tools and materials for the whitening. After the procedure, the teeth may feel a bit sensitive.
However, the condition usually goes back to normal within a few hours. There are different types of teeth whitening options. OTC whitening options do not work as effectively as professional methods. The dentist will recommend the best option for each individual.
Other whitening options range from toothpaste and gels to whitening chewing gum, oral rinses, and dental floss. Whitening strips and whitening toothpaste can help treat slight or moderate staining. The products are easy to obtain, relatively inexpensive, and flexible. Unfortunately, these options work slowly, and the results are limited.
It is vital to consult your dentist before using teeth whitening products. The dentist will advise you on the best treatment to achieve your desired results.
For more on the different types of professional teeth whitening methods, contact Bronxville Family Dental at our office in Bronxville, New York. You can call 914-935-7600 today to schedule an appointment.