The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry found that 48% of Americans believe a smile matters most in making a lasting impression. That being said, it’s no wonder teeth whitening has grown into such a high demand dental service. A sparkling smile can make all the difference in enhancing one’s appearance and boosting self esteem.
Teeth become discolored, stained and dull for a number of reasons. Most commonly, teeth staining agents can be found in much of what we eat and drink, both natural (coffee, tea, red wine, tomato sauce, berries, beets, curries) and artificial (sports drinks, popsicles, slushies, fruit juices). Teeth enamel is porous and absorbs a certain amount of pigment from these foods leading to a yellowish hue on the tooth. What’s more, acidic foods like pickles and vinegars can weaken tooth enamel and make it even more vulnerable to staining.
It’s not practical to avoid everything that may cause teeth discoloration, and brushing after you eat, using a straw when possible and regular professional cleanings can only combat so much. Thankfully, in-office and take home whitening options are available and easier than ever.
Dr. Nancy R. Harris and Dr. Cathy Levin are experts in teeth whitening. Using Philips Zoom Whitening, a product strictly reserved for the use of dental professionals, our dentists have watched patients’ once stained and discolored teeth give way to radiant pearly whites. The procedure only takes about 45 minutes and discomfort is minimal if at all. The whitening procedure is most effective when performed on clean teeth, so having a professional cleaning may be recommended before the procedure takes place.
We currently offer this service for the low price of $499. An offer code can be found on the Zoom Whitening website for an additional $50 off.
Another option for teeth whitening is the custom-fitted tray solution for at home whitening. For this procedure, we make custom trays closely fitted to your teeth that are specially designed to allow a whitening solution to reach every part of the tooth without leaking from the tray. Recommended wearing time will vary depending on tooth discoloration, but patients can generally expect it to be within the vicinity of an hour a day for about two weeks. Because this is a custom fitted solution with dentist-approved whitening formula, these treatments are far more safe and effective than drugstore whitening solutions, which can damage enamel and increase sensitivity if not done properly.
Before we get to the whitening, we’ll need to schedule a visit to determine if this is the proper course of treatment for you. Contact our office for more information on whitening procedure and pricing.