How Does Tooth Whitening Work?
No matter what procedure our patients request, it is a personal decision. When we see a patient we listen to their hopes for their dental procedures and what outcome they want. When a patient asks, “how does tooth whitening work” we explain the procedure and options available. Patients come to us when they want a whiter, brighter smile and that can be accomplished by an in-office tooth whitening procedure.
There are different types of tooth whitening options available. We explain them here so you are prepared with your options before you contact our office. Once you come in for your initial visit and to prepare a treatment plan we will further explain the procedures and help you decide which option might be best for you.
When you call our office to discuss tooth whitening we will want to know the date of your most recent dental check up or tooth cleaning. The reason for this is you want your teeth to be clean before you whiten them. We liken it to “you wouldn’t wax a dirty car” and you don’t want to whiten teeth that have tartar build up. If you haven’t had your teeth cleaned within the last six months, you could also schedule an appointment with our office to not only get your teeth cleaned, but to have a tooth whitening procedure.
Our in office procedure is called Zoom! Whitening System. This is a two-hour in-office appointment during which a special bleaching gel is applied to your teeth. The bleach is activated by a specialized light that whitens and brightens your smile in one appointment. If you choose the Zoom! Whitening option you will leave your appointment with an in-home whitening kit that you can use for subsequent touch-ups, if needed. This type of whitening is also called “laser whitening.”
We provide custom take-home whitening trays. Some patients prefer the convenience and privacy of whitening their teeth in their homes. When you leave the office you receive detailed instructions on how to use the whitening gel. We use only clear medical grade plastic for the whitening trays. With take-home whitening, it takes about two weeks to see results.
Tetracycline tooth discoloration may call for more advanced whitening procedures like the KöR Whitening System. The KöR Whitening System deep bleaching product offers patients incredible results. Even patients who have tried other whitening treatments with little to no success typically see results with the KöR Whitening System.
Is tooth whitening safe?
For many of our patients bleaching and whitening their teeth is an effective and safe way to rejuvenate their smile. Talking with the dental team at Westermeier Martin Dental Care is the best first step. You can schedule a no obligation consultation to discuss whether tooth whitening is right for you.
Tooth whitening provides a permanent change to your smile, but over time smoking, drinking coffee, tea or wine could lead to re-staining of your teeth. That’s why we always give you take home whitening trays for whitening touch ups, as needed.
If you have a special event coming up, schedule an appointment to discuss your tooth whitening options with our dental team.