Most people would prefer to have whiter teeth to enhance their overall appearance. Whiter teeth look younger and healthier. Whitening generally involves removing stains and deposits which have developed in the enamel of the teeth. Yellowing teeth respond best to whitening. Brownish teeth don’t respond as well to the whitening process and bluish grey stains may require up to six months of treatment. Whitening agents do not work on dental work such as fillings, crown or veneers.
If you would like to whiten, you should have all needed procedures done first if they are visible while smiling. There are multiple ways to whiten your teeth, but the quickest and most effective way to whiten your teeth is through in-office treatment or take home, custom-fitted whitening trays . Professional whitening will whiten teeth more quickly and effectively than over-the-counter whitening products because the concentration of peroxide is higher.
At Stummer Dental, we use ZOOM Whitening as our in-office whitening system. The Zoom Whitening system uses a concentrated whitening agent and an intense light to whiten teeth. This usually takes about two hours. Custom trays can be made in addition to maintain brightness or trays alone may be used at night for several weeks until desired results are attained. Dr. Stummer can supply you with a strong whitening agent for use with your trays.
Whitening does not harm teeth, however, teeth may become sensitive for a period after whitening. Ask us to apply a treatment prior to whitening if you suffer from sensitive teeth and use a sensitivity toothpaste to re-mineralize your teeth. Consistently brushing with a sensitivity toothpaste can vastly improve sensitivity issues over time.