Whitening your teeth is one of the easiest things that can be done to brighten up your smile and improve your appearance. Studies have shown that increasing numbers of people are keeping their natural teeth, thanks to improved hygiene and increased preventive care. But as teeth age, they naturally darken a bit. Years of exposure to coffee, tea, red wine, colas and smoking can stain teeth and make them appear dull.
Teeth Whitening Options
Not all teeth are created equally. Some teeth are more easily whitened than others. For that reason, if you are interested in whitening your teeth, we offer several options depending on your needs. Treatments include:
KöR Whitening Deep Bleaching™ System
At the Fawcett Center for Dentistry, we are proud to offer the advanced KöR Whitening Deep Bleaching™ System for severe stains. The in-office KöR treatment has been especially effective for patients with tetracycline stains (dark discoloration on the teeth) or teeth resistant to whitening using other methods. Another advantage of KöR whitening is that there is minimal tooth sensitivity during the application. Plus, the at-home whitening trays, included with the treatment, are custom designed to be form fitting and comfortable, reducing the chance of bleaching gel leaking out of the trays while inside the mouth.
Zoom™ Teeth Whitening
If it’s faster results you’re after, in-office power whitening (ZOOM™) is also available. In this procedure, a whitening solution that’s activated by heat and light is applied in the dental office. Oxygen in the solution penetrates the hard outer enamel of the tooth and removes the underlying stains or discoloration. Since enamel is transparent, the natural, newly-whitened inner tooth will show through.
Power whitening offers effective and quick results; typically, teeth are whitened significantly in just one visit. For stubborn stains, it may be necessary to repeat the process, or to combine power bleaching with at-home whitening sessions. Results usually last 2-3 years and and can be maximized with regular dental cleanings and periodic professional touch-ups.
Veneers, crowns (caps) and white fillings will not whiten using any bleaching procedure. That’s why an overall aesthetic treatment plan should be considered. This will ensure a smile that’s uniformly white and bright.
At-Home Teeth Whitening Kits
Currently, one of the most popular and low cost procedures is the at-home bleaching technique. This procedure requires a dental visit, where you’ll be fitted for a custom-made bleaching tray. You’ll also receive the whitening gel that’s best for you, as well as thorough instructions for getting the best results from your at-home whitening system. Usually, you’ll apply the gel to your custom-made tray, and wear it for two to three hours a day for a week or two; tobacco stains may take longer to bleach out.