Dull, lackluster teeth are a common occurrence in adult patients. With time, teeth can begin to change in color and not look as bright as they once did. This is often caused by the foods we eat and drink. Although durable, enamel is also porous and can be affected by coffee, dark sodas, red wine, tomato-based foods, and berries. Smoking or chewing tobacco not only increases your risk for tooth decay and oral cancer, but it can also tint your teeth, making them appear yellow or light brownish.
While over-the-counter whitening toothpastes and strips can help to a certain degree, undergoing professional teeth whitening can dramatically improve the appearance of your teeth. Dr. Ruth Bailey offers a wide range of cosmetic dentistry treatments at her Knoxville, TN, office, including Zoom!® in-office teeth whitening. After your treatment, you will receive customized trays and whitening gel that can be used in the comfort of your home to help you maintain results. Explained below are some key ways professional teeth whitening is a better option than over-the-counter treatments.
Zoom!® teeth whitening can be completed in less than an hour and deliver a smile six to eight shades whiter. During the treatment, Dr. Bailey will thoroughly clean and dry your teeth. She will then place a special whitening agent over your teeth that will be activated by a special LED light. After about 45 minutes, you will enjoy a dramatically whiter smile.
Take-home whitening treatments or over-the-counter gels, strips, or rinses can take anywhere from one to two weeks to work, and in most cases, only deliver a whiter smile by two to three shades.
Safer and More Comfortable Treatment
The Zoom!® whitening gel used during your treatment has a lower concentration of hydrogen peroxide than those found in your local grocery store, and also contains a special solution designed to reduce or completely eliminate discomfort. Higher doses of hydrogen peroxide can cause prolonged dental sensitivity and gum irritation.
More Effective Results
Zoom!® teeth whitening is designed to penetrate the enamel and dentin layer of each tooth, providing more effective results. Because over-the counter kits only focus on the tooth’s outer layer, results are not as dramatic and more frequent touch-ups are required. To maintain your professional teeth whitening results, we encourage patients to focus on drinking out of a straw and to avoid foods with darker pigmentation known for causing dental staining and discoloration. While some patients may need touch-ups every three to four months, others can wait until nine to 12 months until retreatment is necessary.
Brighten Your Smile
If you are interested in achieving a stunningly brighter smile in just one office visit, please contact our Knoxville office today to learn more about Zoom!® teeth whitening. Dr. Bailey will meet with you to discuss all the cosmetic dentistry treatments we provide and help you decide which treatments would be best suited for your needs.