The purpose of tooth whitening is to brighten the white color of your teeth. It removes stains and discoloration. Tooth whitening is one of the most popular dental procedures since the results are obvious and make your teeth look great! East Center Dental offers Zoom! whitening, which is the #1 patient requested treatment in the nation. Whitening will need to be repeated periodically to maintain bright white teeth.
The outermost layer of your teeth is made of enamel. The color of your teeth is from light reflecting off of the enamel, and the combination of dentin underneath. Genes determine the smoothness and the thickness of the enamel on your teeth. If the enamel on your teeth is thin, it will allow the color of dentin to come through. Rough enamel will reflect light differently, which in turn makes your teeth look a different color.
Stains are caused by a thin coating on your teeth called pellicle that picks up stains as well as pores in the enamel on your teeth. There are many things that can stain your teeth, such as tobacco, drinking dark colored liquids such as coffee, cola, red wine, and tea. Not taking care of your teeth is also a sure-way of getting stains on your teeth. Aging will also make teeth darker, since the enamel becomes thinner. Two different types of stains are extrinsic and intrinsic:
This type of staining is caused by external substances such as dark colored food and drink, tobacco, etc. These are caused by natural life and generally can be removed. Extrinsic stains sometimes even are removed by good dental hygiene, such as brushing and normal dental checkups. The FDA defines whitening as, “restoring the tooth’s color by removing dirt and debris.”
Intrinsic staining takes place much deeper in the tooth. These stains actually form inside the teeth. They can be caused by aging, trauma, minerals, during tooth formation, or excessive ingestion of fluoride.
Before you have your teeth whitened, we will make sure your teeth are ready. This includes treating any cavities that you may have. After this is done, one of our hygienists will do a cleaning of your teeth. This is extremely important, as it will remove any film of food, bacteria, and any other substances. Once your teeth are clean, the whitening process can begin.
Zoom! teeth whitening can be done at our office, or at home. The in-office whitening has the fastest results and offers the largest results. The whitening is administered in multiple sessions. A gel is put on your teeth for 15-20 minutes, or about an hour of actual application time total. The results achieved from Zoom! teeth whitening are incredible! It could be a great option for anyone who is wanting whiter teeth.
If you are interested in getting your teeth whitened, give us a call and setup a time to go over the options and pricing!