WHITENING: Esthetic dentistry starts with tooth whitening

A bright and white smile not only presents a healthy and beautiful impression,  but  also allows a person to have more social self-confidence.

HOW DOES WHITENING WORK?

The tooth is a semi-permeable membrane, and the tooth whitening materials (carbamide peroxide and hydrogen peroxide) penetrate into the tooth, thus extrinsic and intrinsic stains.

HOW WHITE MY TEETH LOOK LIKE AFTER WHITENING

There are individual variations since the color improvement depends on the cause of discoloration, tooth characteristics and your cooperation. In very rare cases there may be no visible color change after whitening but, if you follow the instructions of your dentist, your teeth will definitely become whiter and brighter so that you should be happy with your smile.

WHAT IS THE PROCEDURE AND HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE

The duration of treatment depends on the degree of discoloration, your cooperation and the method of whitening you will follow to bleach your teeth. Before whitening you always have to have a cleaning of the tartar built-ups and polish of your teeth so you can find the real color of your teeth shade with a special shade guide. Your dentist will also check for any hidden cavities that may cause a problem if not taken care before whitening. Then the dentist will take an impression of your teeth to send to the technician to prepare a set of custom- made whitening trays which are necessary for both in-office and at-home procedures.

ZOOM WHITENING SYSTEM : With this method you can have the white smile you desire in one two-hour session. You will continue with the trays and whitening material you are given at home- to stabilize the results- for a couple of days and only two hours per day . Thus you have your trays ready for a future touch-up.

AT-HOME: With your custom made trays and the whitening kid given to you, you will have your whitening at the comfort of your home. Usually at-home procedures last from 1 to 2 weeks for 4 to 8 hours during the night according to the instructions of the brand your doctor will use.

WHAT KIND OF DISCOMFORT MAY I EXPERIENCE DURING WHITENING?

Sensitivity to cold is a common discomfort during tooth whitening. It usually disappears in a few hours. A burning sensation of the gums and occasionally, a transient change of taste may occur although is very rare.

HOW DO I MAINTAIN THE SHADE AFTER COMPLETION OF TOOTH WHITENING?

To maintain your white and bright smile for a long time, avoid food that contains strong colorants that cause rediscoloration of your teeth and smoking. A simple touch-up whitening procedure may be repeated every 1 to 2 years.