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. Elm Dental Associates proudly offers Hammonton, Egg Harbor City, Franklin NJ and surrounding areas with teeth whitening services.
Teeth Whitening with Whitening Gel
To accomplish the whitening of your teeth, we utilize a tray whitening system. This tray whitening system is completed in 2 steps:
- The first step is to make an impression of your teeth. With this impression, we’ll craft you custom whitening trays that you can use over and over.
- Finally, you will take the whitening gel and put it in the gel for a short period of time over a period of a few days. This often results in a whiter smile of 4 – 8 shades!
Teeth whitening or bleaching products brighten teeth that have been stained or darkened by food, tobacco use, age or injury.
There are a variety of in-office and take-home teeth whitening products to reduce or eliminate such stains.
In-Office Teeth Whitening
In-office teeth whitening, also called chairside bleaching, takes place during a series of appointments at a dentist’s office. Advantages of in-office teeth whitening over take-home whitening include:
- Professional supervision
- Safe and simple
- No sensitivity
Teeth Whitening at Home
Take-home bleaching solutions can help improve the color and overall brightness of teeth. These kits are simpler and less expensive than, and can be just as effective as in-office treatments. Dentists provide patients with customized impression trays, whitening powder and whitening gel, the use of which improves the appearance of teeth over just a few days.
Over-The-Counter Teeth Whitening Products
Various over-the-counter products, such as whitening toothpaste and bleaching strips, are advertised as being effective teeth-whiteners. However, although based on the same science as professional bleaching, the concentration of effective ingredients tends to be much lower, lengthening treatment time and often not providing the level of whitening desired.
Whitening procedures are effective but not permanent. Depending on the procedure used, whitening may fade over time. Patients are advised to avoid food and drinks that may stain or darken teeth.
Zoom Teeth Whitening
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!