Teeth Whitening Treatments That Work
Teeth whitening procedures have become popular during the last years. As daily consumption of coffee, wine and other teeth-staining products have risen, so has the need to find procedures that work effectively to bring back a beautiful white smile. At Audubon Dental & Implant Center in Lexington, Kentucky, our dentist offers a variety of teeth whitening treatments to help our patients achieve their smile goals! Take a closer look at these options, below.
Opalescence consists of custom-made trays that our dentist provides at our office. This teeth whitening kit allows our patients to get professional whitening results in the comfort of their own home.
Take-Home Whitening Trays
Take-home whitening trays are a type of teeth whitening procedure that you can perform in the comfort of your home. This is an easy and cost-effective teeth whitening treatment that can be easily obtained. You must follow the instructions given by our dentist to see the results at home. Although they can be a convenient option, obtaining great results can take longer than other treatments and they don’t always work well for deep stains. These trays are custom-made to go over your teeth and whiten with a specially formulated gel.
These trays, once made for you, can then be taken home as a teeth whitening kit, along with the guidelines given by our dentist. The time period that they must remain on your teeth can vary according to your teeth whitening needs.
Zoom! In-Office Whitening
Over the years, we have seen many teeth whitening options come forward. Some of them have used a multi-stimulus approach to teeth whitening, and are generally considered more effective than traditional whitening trays. Zoom! is one of the whitening methods that have shown to be successful. Its results are quite effective and they can be revealed in as little as one session.
How the Zoom! In-Office Whitening System Functions
First, the dentist performs a comprehensive exam, which is meant to highlight any dental problems that need to be addressed before getting a whitening treatment done. This guarantees that the Zoom! whitening procedure works as effectively as possible and prevents any future damage to the teeth. If no such conditions are found, then our dentist performs a teeth cleaning procedure to prime the teeth for the application of the whitening gel.
Our dentist then applies mouth spacers to prevent the cheeks or lips from coming into contact with the teeth. This step is needed to protect the softer tissue from the whitening agent to prevent any irritation.
Then, the teeth whitening gel is applied to the teeth. The gel consists of a hydrogen peroxide solution that serves as the active ingredient that whitens the teeth.
After the gel has been applied, our dentist focuses a bright ultraviolet light on the teeth. This light acts as a catalyst and causes oxygen to be produced through a chemical reaction within the gel. The oxygen permeates the upper layer of the teeth and works to remove the stains both on top and within the enamel.
Next, our dentist cleans away the Zoom! whitening gel and the procedure concludes.
If you are looking for effective and efficient teeth whitening procedures, our dentist at Audubon Dental & Implant Center can help! We can evaluate your smile and determine which options match your goals. Schedule your whitening consultation today by calling our Lexington, Kentucky-based office at 859-252-5220.