What is Teeth Whitening?
Everyone wants sparkling, bright white teeth. Unfortunately, the foods we eat, the beverages we drink, and even simple aging all conspire to make our teeth yellow and dingy. At Ridgeview Family Dental, we offer both in-office and at-home options to help you achieve that dazzling white smile.
Causes of Teeth Staining
Every person’s tooth enamel is naturally a different shade. The porosity of enamel also varies among people, making some teeth more prone to staining. The staining that changes month to month, and responds well to teeth whitening, is staining in the enamel layer of the teeth.
There can also be staining in the dentin, the interior of the tooth. These stains can be the result of age, trauma to the teeth, or taking certain medications such as tetracycline, usually as a youth. This deeper staining cannot be addressed by whitening, as it is an internal issue. In these cases, porcelain veneers or dental bonding may be an option to cover the deep staining.
Types of Teeth Whitening
Each of our whitening options begins with a full exam to ensure that you are a good candidate for whitening as well as a cleaning to remove any tartar or surface stains present. While both options achieve a similar degree of whitening, the difference is the amount of time involved. At Ridgeview Family Dental, we have offer two types of teeth whitening:
- In-office Zoom Whitening
- At-home whitening
In-office Teeth Whitening
During your in-office teeth whitening, Dr. Young will place a protective barrier over your gums, to avoid contact with the whitening agent. The whitening gel is then applied to the teeth, and combined with the Zoom light. The gel and the Zoom light work together to break down stains and discolorations. We will repeat this process in four, fifteen-minute sessions. In addition, we include custom whitening trays for touch-ups. Zoom whitening can whiten your teeth up to eight shades lighter.
Teeth Whitening at home
If you opt for at-home whitening, we begin by taking impressions of your teeth to create you customized whitening trays. These custom trays will ensure a tight, yet comfortable fit to maximize the contact between your teeth and the whitening gel. When your trays are ready, we provide you with syringes of carbamide peroxide gel which is a weaker strength than our in-office gel. Additionally, we give you thorough instructions on the home whitening procedure. Patients should wear the trays for 30-60 minutes per day for approximately two weeks or until desired results are achieved.
Results of Teeth Whitening
No whitening system is permanent. When you feel your teeth are becoming stained again, you can simply purchase the at-home whitening syringes for touch up. Good home hygiene makes a difference in the amount of time that whitening will last. If you avoid certain foods and beverages, brush for two minutes twice daily, as well as come in for twice-yearly professional cleanings it will aid in keeping your teeth their whitest.
Can teeth whitening damage my teeth?
The American Dental Association has done numerous studies on teeth whitening, covering decades of procedures. It has concluded that teeth whitening, when used in moderation, is safe and has given its approval to various products.
sensitive Teeth and Whitening
Whitening can cause sensitivity during the whitening process for a brief period of time after the application. If you have particularly sensitive teeth, be sure to tell the team at Ridgeview Family Dental beforehand.
Teeth Whitening Payment Options
Schedule an Appointment
We would love to discuss your teeth whitening options! Please call 660-747-9117 to make an appointment. We serve Grain Valley, Odessa, Bates City and surrounding areas. Thanks to our convenient locations in Warrensburg, Oak Grove and Windsor.