Teeth whitening done in a professional dental setting is a safe, and effective way to brighten your smile. It’s also perhaps the most economical cosmetic dental procedure. Depending on the whitening method you choose, results can be dramatic. Professional in-office teeth whitening, for example, can lighten teeth three to eight shades in a single hour.
Dr. Ray Becker offers Sensational Smile® and Zoom® WhiteSpeed teeth whitening for results far superior to over-the-counter options. These products enable patients to quickly and comfortably make over their smile, removing years of lifestyle habits and natural darkening of teeth that occurs with age. You can choose an in-office or take-home treatment option to meet your needs.
A thorough dental exam is recommended to determine that a teeth whitening treatment will address tooth staining and discoloration. For patients with specific types of stains that do not respond to bleaching products, Dr. Becker offers alternative cosmetic dentistry treatment options including:
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Sinsational Smiles® Teeth Whitening
Dr. Becker now offers Sinsational Smiles® Teeth Whitening to meet the diverse needs and cosmetic goals of his patients.
Sinsational Smiles is an in-office treatment that is completed in about 20 minutes. The comfortable silicone trays used to deliver the professional whitening gels can stay in place without the need for jaw clenching, allowing for a relaxed, easy treatment.
For many patients, one 20 minute session is sufficient. Dr. Becker will recommend the appropriate number of sessions to achieve your cosmetic goals depending on the severity of your tooth discoloration or staining.
Dr. Becker also recommends for best results Sinsational Smiles can be done along with your hygiene appointment, no separate appointment is needed.
Sinsational Smiles® treatment also includes a take-home gel pen for touch-ups and to extend the longevity of your results. As with any teeth whitening treatment, limiting dark beverages and tobacco use can also help to keep your smile looking bright.
What is Zoom! Teeth Whitening
The Zoom! Teeth Whitening procedure is simple and painless. The special gel was developed by Discus Dental, leaders in professional teeth whitening. The active ingredient in Zoom is pH balanced hydrogen peroxide that, when activated by a special light, gently penetrate teeth to remove deep stains and discoloration.
For in-office whitening, we recommend patients start with a cleaning. Next, we prepare the mouth for the whitening procedure by isolating the lips and gums. The proprietary Zoom Whitening gel is applied to the teeth, which is activated by a specially designed light.
Zoom! Teeth Whitening Results
Teeth typically become at least six to ten shades whiter – sometimes more! A five minute fluoride treatment completes the procedure. You will be amazed by the results. In most cases, your teeth will continue to whiten in the first few days following the procedure. A minor touch-up every so often, either at home or at the dental office, can keep your smile bright and beautiful for years.
Zoom! At-Home Teeth Whitening
We offer Zoom DayWhite professional take-home teeth whitening for patients who prefer to whiten their teeth more gradually in the comfort of their home.
Over a period of approximately two weeks, patients can brighten their smile and achieve a more youthful appearance. Periodic touch-ups and good oral hygiene can help to maintain results.
Dr. Becker will create custom fit bleaching trays to ensure an even application of whitening agents and minimal exposure for sensitive gum tissue.
Teeth Whitening FAQs
Are there any painful side effects after teeth whitening treatment?
There is always a concern about pain from dental treatments. You might experience temporary tooth sensitivity, but no severe pain will come from your treatment. You can alleviate temporary pain with an aspirin or similar over-the-counter medicine. Temporary tooth sensitivity will go away within a couple of days.
Should I get a tooth cleaning before teeth whitening?
Yes, we recommend getting your teeth cleaned by our hygienist before getting your teeth whitened. This will make sure that issues with plaque and tartar are addressed and not affect the results of your teeth whitening treatment.
Who will benefit from tooth whitening?
Almost anyone. However, treatment may not be as effective for some as it is for others. Dr. Ray Becker can determine if you are a good candidate for this procedure through a comprehensive oral exam. Patients with deep dark stains that go beyond surface enamel may not be good candidates. Although, we do have other cosmetic treatments that can address this issue.
How long do teeth stay white after teeth whitening?
The benefits of tooth whitening might last anywhere from 6 months to up to 2-3 years. From person to person, the longevity of effects differ. Smoking is one of the things that will quickly discolor your teeth and make the effects of whitening very temporary.
How long after teeth whitening can I drink coffee?
Patients should be ready to need to avoid coffee and alcohol for at least 48 hours following treatment. The teeth are often more porous and susceptible to discoloration in the initial few days after treatment, therefore this is essential to maintaining the benefits of teeth whitening.
Can old yellow teeth be whitened?
Teeth whitening can be done at any stage once patients have reached the age of maturity. Products for teeth whitening remove embedded stains and brighten the enamel. They offer simple, low-cost remedies to the issue of deteriorating, yellowing teeth.
Can too much whitening damage teeth?
Tooth deterioration could result from over-bleaching or over-whitening your teeth. The enamel that covers your teeth may be destroyed if bleaching solutions are applied to your teeth too frequently. This may cause significant discomfort as well as long-term oral health problems like tooth decay and fractures.
What diseases may cause yellow teeth?
Your teeth’s color may vary as a result of certain medical problems that have an effect on the tooth enamel. These ailments include celiac disease, rickets, liver illness, eating disorders, and metabolic diseases.
Schedule a Dental Exam & Consultation
Are you looking for a dentist near you that offers teeth whitening in the Columbia, MD area? Dr. Becker offers his patients many cosmetic dentistry treatments including teeth whitening. Call us today or schedule an appointment online.