Teeth Whitening Q & A
What is teeth whitening?
The expert dental team at Martindale Family Dentistry offers chairside and at-home Zoom whitening to make your teeth numerous shades whiter after just a few treatments.
If your teeth are discolored because of stain-forming foods and drinks, smoking, certain medications, or poor oral hygiene, Zoom whitening might be the solution for you.
What does professional teeth whitening entail?
Your provider cleans your teeth before applying a protective gel to your gums. Using a Zoom whitening tray customized to your mouth, they apply professional-strength gel made of hydrogen peroxide and/or carbamide peroxide to your teeth using a safe but effective concentration.
Typically, the treatment lasts about 20 minutes. The initial procedure might take a bit longer because your Martindale Family Dentistry provider must examine your teeth and gums to ensure it’s safe for you. You should experience minimal to no discomfort or sensitivity after treatment.
Your provider may shine a special light on your teeth during Zoom whitening to enhance your results. You can expect immediate results after Zoom whitening, but it could take up to several weeks and 2-3 appointments to reach the shade of white you desire.
What’s the difference between in-office and at-home whitening?
Professional teeth whitening is an in-office cosmetic procedure that uses medical-strength bleaching agents to remove surface stains from your teeth. Martindale Family Dentistry experts also offer at-home Zoom whitening products if you’d prefer to do it yourself.
The strength of bleaching agents available at Martindale Family Dentistry allows you to achieve a whiter smile with fewer treatments because it’s more potent than home whitening products.
Take-home whitening can help you achieve the same vibrant smile with just a few more treatment sessions.
How long do teeth whitening results last?
Generally, the effects of professional whitening can last up to two years or longer, but the duration depends on your habits after a Zoom whitening treatment.
If you smoke, drink wine or coffee, or eat stain-causing foods, whitening results won’t last as long. Practice good oral hygiene at home and attend routine in-office dental cleanings.
Don’t live with stained teeth that leave you feeling embarrassed. Schedule a Zoom teeth whitening consultation with cosmetic dental experts at Martindale Family Dentistry by phone or online today.