When you’re meeting someone for the first time, one of the first aspects about them you may notice is their smile. If you have multiple stains that make it difficult for you to smile, even around friends and family, you may benefit from the fast and effective solutions offered at Thrive Dental and Orthodontics! Dr. Nathan and Dr. Christine Coughlin work hard to help you achieve the smile of your dreams, and bleaching treatments from Zoom! make that dream a reality. To get started making your smile up to 8 shades whiter, call our office to schedule an appointment!
Teeth can experience two types of stains. These include intrinsic and extrinsic stains.
Extrinsic stains are caused by the foods you eat, tobacco and typical enamel erosion. They are stains that only appear on the surface of teeth and are easier to remove with regular brushing or teeth whitening products. However, some extrinsic stains can be more significant and require professional whitening to remove.
Intrinsic stains are more severe and usually caused by trauma, antibiotic staining (specifically tetracycline), aging and excessive fluoride ingestion at a young age. While these stains were once considered permanent, advanced teeth whitening treatments can dramatically reduce their appearance.
The most common cause of staining is the foods you eat on a regular basis. While tea, red wine, tomato sauce and colas can stain teeth, a diet that’s high in acidic foods can also contribute to the breakdown of enamel. The more porous your teeth are, the more susceptible they are to staining. However, stains can also appear as a result of:
As tooth enamel wears away over time, it does not regenerate like other organic compounds in the body. As a result, enamel erosion causes the naturally-yellow dentin layer directly underneath to appear. Furthermore, stains can also appear when they gets stuck inside the many cracks and crevices of enamel. When bleaching ingredients are introduced, it breaks down the stains inside teeth because it permeates through enamel, leaving behind a radiant white shade.
Zoom! in-office whitening only takes one hour to complete in our office. After having the bleaching gel applied, we switch on a heat lamp that’s focused on your smile. This activates the bleaching gel and allows for optimal breakdown of stains.
Take-home whitening uses custom-made whitening trays designed to fit your smile exactly, allowing you to take advantage of the same high-quality bleaching gels we use in-office at home. By filling the trays with the bleaching gel and wearing them for about 30 minutes at a time over the next two weeks, you can achieve the same level of whitening on your own schedule.
The length of time that your whitening lasts will depend on a few different factors, such as your oral care habits, your diet and your tobacco use. However, Zoom! whitening can easily last a very long time if you practice daily oral care, reduce your consumption of richly-pigmentated foods and beverages, and perform regular whitening touch-ups either at home or in our office.