TEETH TALK BLOG

DR. BRANDON ALLEN

 

Have you ever wondered what your teeth would look like if they were free of stains and discolorations? Did you know that there are teeth restoration techniques like Zoom! whitening that focus specifically on improving the shade of your teeth? As an established patient at Allen Family Dentistry, we make whiter teeth affordable and convenient. For a better understanding of the basics of Zoom! teeth whitening treatments, here are some helpful facts:

  • Each Zoom! whitening in-office treatment can transform your smile in one appointment.
  • With the help of professional dental-grade hydrogen peroxide gels and LED lamps to activate them, Zoom! Whitening treatments can penetrate deep into the tooth enamel and bleach away deep stains and discolorations.
  • Whatever type of teeth stains you have, Zoom! Whitening is designed to remove them. This includes stains from tea, soft drinks, coffee, juices, wine, beets, and even tobacco and old age.
  • Although teeth whitening can reverse current stains, it will not protect your teeth from future stains, so be sure to exercise caution with your diet and habits.
  • We will send you home with trays and gel to touch up as needed.
 Teeth whitening is not recommended for those under the age of 16. The pulp chamber of the tooth is enlarged until age 16, and teeth whitening could irritate the pulp. Our dentists also do not recommend teeth whitening for those who are pregnant or lactating.
  • A buildup of plaque will prevent successful teeth whitening treatment. Plaque promotes the growth of bacteria that discolor the teeth directly. In addition, plaque will block the whitening product from coming in direct contact with the teeth.
    Girl getting teeth cleaned by dentist
  • If you have sensitive teeth, it is important that you consult our doctors before bleaching your smile. In addition, those who are allergic to peroxide should not use a whitening product, as peroxide is the whitening agent.
  • Teeth whitening can cause some gum discomfort. If your gums are inflamed, sensitive, or receding, the process will be much more uncomfortable, especially in the days after you whiten your teeth. If your gums are healthy, they will be less prone to irritation.
  • Dental restorations like tooth-colored fillings, dental crowns, dental bridges, and veneers do not respond to the whitening product. As a result, any whitening done to a smile with restorations will result in uneven whitening—the teeth without dental restorations will appear lighter than those with restorations. For this reason, it is often nice to whiten teeth before doing any cosmetic work on your smile.