Teeth whitening is sought out by many people nowadays. At Arizona Family Dentistry in Phoenix, AZ, we get many patients looking to get their teeth whitened. Some want to get it done in-office or just want advice on how to do it at home.
We can whiten teeth using bleaching agents, which vary in strength. Those with low strength are available over the counter at pharmacies. Strong agents are usually only available in-office because of their risk of side effects.
In-office whitening is associated with more dramatic results. At Arizona Family Dentistry, we can whiten your teeth over several visits, with each visit taking about 30 to 60 minutes. Alternatively, if you don’t want to stretch out the process, we can whiten your teeth in a single 2-hour visit using advanced techniques and technology.
Those who want to get their teeth whitened at home can also benefit from some dentistry guidance. Teeth whitening products usually require the use of trays containing bleach to be placed over the teeth for a certain amount of time.
You’ll find readymade trays that come in one size for all patients, but these don’t fit properly. Here, we can fit you with a tray designed specifically for your mouth for more comfortable use. We can also give you advice on how to best use bleaching products, so you don’t get any side effects like increased sensitivity from them.
While teeth whitening is relatively harmless, some people should avoid it. For example, pregnant or lactating women should postpone whitening their teeth until they deliver and stop lactating.
Children under the age of 16 shouldn’t whiten their teeth either. The reason is that the nerves of their teeth are enlarged compared to adults. Whitening products can make their nerves a lot more sensitive.
Naturally, those allergic to peroxide, the bleaching agent in whiteners, should avoid whitening their teeth.
Teeth whitening is a fairly simple and common procedure. If you’re interested in getting a brighter smile, visit us, and we can discuss how to get the results you want.
Up to 6 shades lighter in one visit! We utilize the Zoom process of teeth whitening at our dental office in Phoenix, AZ. This treatment is highly effective because the Zoom Advanced Power Chairside Lamp allows the hydrogen peroxide of the whitening gel to penetrate the teeth, where it is broken down, and oxygen is able to enter the enamel and dentin of the teeth. Stained substances in the teeth are then bleached, while the tooth structure itself is unaffected.
The procedure for a Zoom Whitening treatment takes less than an hour, though your dentist will most likely recommend teeth cleaning before the procedure begins. You will have your lips and gums isolated at the start of the procedure to keep them protected. The Zoom whitening gel will then be applied to the teeth and left on for 15 minutes as the activation light is also applied. This will be repeated twice (for a total of three 15-minute sessions) before the treatment is completed. Your dentist will finish up by applying a fluoride paste-gel to minimize tooth sensitivity.