Are your teeth stained? Life can cause your teeth to lose their pearlescent luster over time, especially if you expose your teeth to certain foods and drinks. Some of the leading causes of tooth discoloration are:
- Drinking coffee
- Drinking tea
- Drinking red wine
- Using chewing tobacco
- Drinking colas and other dark colored soft drinks
Additionally, the use of tetracycline during teeth formation can also make your teeth stained and discolored as well as certain antibiotics and excessive fluoride use.
As a result of staining and discoloration, many people out there want to restore their teeth and reduce the discoloration that can happen during a lifetime.
One of the primary practices of cosmetic dentistry is teeth whitening. Teeth whitening is experiencing a bit of a boom today with several over-the-counter options appearing in pharmacies around the world. Unfortunately, this type of whitening only really takes care of the front six teeth and is also very cumbersome.
Additionally, the formulation of over-the-counter products tends to be relatively weak. As a result of this, it’s generally a better solution to get your teeth whitened by your general dentist.
At Nevada Dentistry and Braces in Las Vegas, NV, we have a very controlled system of tooth whitening that provides stellar results for our patients. Let’s take a look at our chief method for teeth whitening.
What Type of Patient Benefits Most From Teeth Whitening?
As a general rule, just about every patient can benefit from teeth whitening. In our Las Vegas, NV practice, we often do teeth whitening procedures, and the overwhelming majority of our patients are excellent candidates. However, not every patient can benefit from the procedure. Call now and come into our office so we can determine if you are a candidate for tooth whitening.
Zoom! Teeth Whitening
A plethora of causes can make your teeth stained and discolored. Zoom! teeth whitening naturally brightens the shade of your teeth so that you can smile confidently. It does this by using a bleaching process that can lighten the discoloration of the tooth enamel and dentin. As a matter of fact, this is one of the fastest methods of improving the appearance of your smile without the need to undergo any extensive surgical procedures or regimens.
Our general dentists will use this system to restore your teeth so that they can appear up to eight shades lighter in a single in-office Zoom! treatment. Why is it so much better than over-the-counter options? Simply put, if you want to be safe, you’ll need to whiten with regulated tooth whitening products; anything else can be unsafe. Zoom!, on the other hand, provides professional-grade bleaching that is administered by a licensed dentist so that you know that you can safely whiten your teeth.
Where the Zoom! System Shines
Zoom! offers several unique benefits that pharmacy whiteners can’t. These include:
- An overall longer lasting set of results.
- Resistance against any stains and discoloration that can happen in the future.
- Eight shades of whitening in a small one-hour procedure.
- A high end, professional bleaching system that uses agents that can remove even the deepest-set stains on your teeth.
- All teeth are simultaneously treated so that the first six teeth aren’t whiter than the back teeth.
- Less sensitivity than other tooth whitening systems.
How does it Work?
Zoom! uses a professional-grade peroxide whitening gel. This gel is applied to the teeth in a thick coating that is then activated by a special UV-based light that allows oxygen to enter the enamel and dentin of your teeth. As a result, stains and discoloration are bleached out of the deep surfaces of your teeth, allowing for a bright and whiter smile. While this is happening, the structure of the teeth is fundamentally unchanged; it’s just the colored substances that are bleached away.
Is Zoom! Teeth Whitening Safe?
In a wide variety of tests and studies, Zoom! has been found to be safe if administered by a dental professional. At Nevada Dentistry and Braces, we always administer the Zoom! system under the supervision of a licensed dentist. This being said, none of our children dentists are trained to administer this solution to our pediatric patients because Zoom! is recommended only for people over 13 years of age.
Zoom! Teeth Whitening Side Effects and Considerations
While the Zoom! system will have far less sensitivity than over-the-counter solutions, there may be some sensitivity for some patients. Additionally, the UV-based Zoom! light can generate a minimal level of heat, which can be uncomfortable during the whitening process.
Zoom! complements other cosmetic dentistry procedures like full-mouth restorations and smile makeovers, so if you’d like to come in and find out more about these cosmetic dentistry procedures, come in for a consultation.