If anything can rob you of the confidence you need in your appearance, it is discolored, dingy, stained, or dull teeth. You may have thought about using a teeth-whitening system to make them look better. But there are lots of choices. Between over-the-counter teeth brightening products to whitening toothpastes, charcoal (yuck!), on-the-go whitening strips, and more, how can anyone know the best route to take? And, some choices may even damage your tooth enamel, leading to even more problems.
At Healthy Smile Dental, our expert dentist, Dr. Hanna Baek, helps residents in and around Woodridge, Illinois, with creating and maintaining healthy, beautiful smiles. One of our most popular cosmetic services is teeth whitening. Dr. Baek is a teeth whitening specialist who uses the Philips Zoom!® in-office whitening system to give our patients the absolute best results possible.
Dr. Baek wants all her patients and any other inquirers to understand why Zoom! professional teeth whitening is superior to over-the-counter whitening products. Keep reading to learn more.
How does teeth whitening work?
When you come in for a teeth whitening treatment, Dr. Baek will evaluate your teeth and gums to determine that you are a good candidate for teeth whitening. Any oral health issues, such as cavities or gum disease, must be resolved before any whitening treatment can be applied. Dr. Baek and her team can work to restore your oral health quickly so that you can get the white, bright smile you deserve.
Also, some types of discoloration, such as trauma, tetracycline exposure, or excessive fluoride exposure, cannot be resolved with teeth whitening. Dr. Baek will advise you of any necessary next steps or other treatments if whitening is not for you.
Your teeth whitening appointment will begin with a thorough teeth cleaning. Then, Dr. Baek will insert a rubber dam to cover your gum tissue. Next, she will apply the whitening solution by fitting a retainer over your teeth. This solution contains completely safe bleaching agents that break down stains and other pigments on your teeth. After the solution has been applied, a special light is used to enhance the whitening process.
Why is Zoom better than over-the-counter whiteners?
Professional teeth whitening with Zoom! is one of the most safe and effective ways to brighten your smile. OTC whitening products are less effective and sometimes even dangerous to use. In fact, OTC whitening products don’t need approval from the FDA since they’re considered “cosmetic,” a category that is lightly regulated. As such, some OTC whiteners are extremely strong and pose a danger to your gums and overall health.
The Zoom! beaching solution is applied to your teeth in custom-formed retainers, preventing your gums from becoming irritated. Your dentist also knows precisely how long to leave the whitening solution in place for the best and safest results that will not create a problem with tooth sensitivity.
The Zoom! light penetrates teeth deeply to get rid of stains and areas of discoloration, making your smile up to eight shades lighter in only one appointment! Imagine that, in one hour, your teeth could be incredibly brighter.
Plus, your Zoom! results are immediately noticeable, and will even improve a bit over the first few days. Proper oral care and avoiding dark, staining foods and beverages will help your results last even longer. Dr. Baek can also recommend a whitening toothpaste to use at home to bolster your results. And, she can explain about good oral hygiene habits, regular dental cleanings and checkups, and touch-up teeth whitening appointments as needed.
Don’t keep hiding your stained and yellowed teeth from the world — contact Healthy Smile Dental in Woodridge, Illinois, today to schedule your teeth whitening consultation appointment. You can even use our handy online booking tool. Face the world confidently with a bright, new smile!