Keeping our teeth their whitest is a lot harder than it sounds. With all the coffee, wine, smoking and other foods that have the ability to stain our teeth on a daily basis, even proper maintenance sometimes leaves them a little lackluster. Teeth whitening is an excellent way to restore the natural color of your teeth or even make them whiter than your natural color if you would like.
To accomplish the whitening of your teeth, we utilize a product called ZOOM!. ZOOM! is a chairside whitening procedure that uses a safe whitening gel and a low intensity light to activate the gel. This combination allows us to provide you with teeth that are 6-10 shades whiter in about an hour! Many times up to 10 or 11 shade lighteneing is seen after ZOOM - but, after the teeth have become 'wet' again a couple of the shades may be lost --- an optional 'take home' or 'weekend' bleaching tray kit is avaialble that can be used on a 2 or 3 day cycle every 4 to 6 months to regain some of the lightened effect once teeth begin to darken in shade due to dietary habits.
Also there is many times some sensitivity following 'bleaching' procedures. A 5 minute intense fluoride gel application is used after the ZOOM bleaching procedures to try and lessen the sensitivity effect - this sensitivity effect will vary from patient to patient and generally is gone within several days to a week. If gingival recession (gum line loss) is present, a patient may experience persistant sensitivity. If this be the case, desentizing applications and/or desentizing toothpastes are quite helpful.