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At Alafaya Center for Cosmetic & Family Dentistry, we pride ourselves on educating our patients about dental care so they can be an active participant in their own oral health. As a patient, you have a right to be informed about your treatment. We make every effort to explain a procedure in enough detail for you to understand why it's important and how it can benefit your oral health.
But you may still have questions, and we've shared a few of those we hear most frequently. We're always here for you, so if you still need more information, please don't hesitate to contact our office.
Zoom! Teeth Whitening
Bleaching the teeth is accomplished by wearing bleaching trays with bleaching gel in them. The trays are custom made of a clear flexible vinyl. You will find that these trays are very comfortable to wear and sleep with. You will be given a bleaching kit. Your kit will be complete with everything you need to complete your bleaching session. Touch up kits are available for future use.
TEETH WHITENING THEORY
The active ingredient in the bleaching gel is carbamide peroxide. This carbamide peroxide gives off oxygen, which penetrates the teeth’s dentinal tubules to whiten the shade. Everyone’s teeth have a natural biologic limit of how white they can get. Once you reach this limit, no amount of bleaching will whiten them more. Therefore, some will have a better result than others. Custom made trays are the primary reason this style of bleaching works so well. In addition to whitening teeth, the oxygen also deep cleans the teeth by removing microscopic debris from in between the crystals of the tooth structure.
It is important to brush and floss your teeth thoroughly and properly clean your mouth prior to starting bleaching. Once your teeth are clean start your bleaching right away, any delay can cause protein from your saliva to coat your teeth thereby inhibiting the bleaching agent from whitening your teeth as quickly.
Squeeze a drop of gel into each tooth on the inside of the outer walls of the trays. This will be the front surface of the tray. The syringe is pre-measured for each use. Use this as a guideline for how much of a drop to put in each tooth, one line should fill one tray. Be sure to place individual drops in each tooth, not a single streamline across. This would be too much and create sensitivity. If you’ve put too much bleaching material in, the gel will ooze out of the tray. It will be trial and error the first few times you use it. If you have gel oozing out of the tray, use your finger or a kleenex or Q-tip to wipe out the excess. Do not suck and spit out the excess, this will remove too much and the material will be wasted. If you put too little gel in the tray, you will see through the clear tray with some open voids and the reservoirs not filled with the material. That’s ok, don’t remove the trays, just use A little more material at your next bleaching session. You must wear the trays for a minimum of four hours.
In the morning, after removing the trays, brush your teeth and clean your mouth. Cold or hot water may be uncomfortable at this time. Then, clean the trays, with cold water. You may use your toothbrush on them gently.
Also, you will want to avoid things that stain our teeth while bleaching. This includes but not limited to coffee, tea, red wine, blueberries, smoking etc...
WHAT TO EXPECT
Your teeth may become sensitive during the bleaching process. Everyone does not get sensitivity. We never know who may become sensitive. If your teeth are sensitive you may take Advil or Aleve to help this. The sensitivity usually decreases after the first few days. If your teeth are especially sensitive you may need to back off and skip a night of bleaching. This is not recommended if you are not experiencing sensitivity, the bleaching system works best if you use it, consecutively day after day. However, if your teeth are too sensitive it only makes sense to back off for a night.
You may notice that your teeth may start to look “funny”. They may develop white spots and look chalky. This is normal and will not harm the tooth. The teeth may whiten at different levels depending on the original color variation in the tooth. These white chalky areas will balance out during the first two weeks after you stop bleaching, and look normal again.
You may notice that the lower teeth do not whiten as quickly as the upper teeth. This is because the lower teeth are smaller and the enamel is thinner, and the dentin shows through more easily. The canine teeth are also naturally darker teeth to begin with, so they will be slightly darker when you finish whitening.
Please note that existing veneers, crowns, bondings, fillings, or any other permanent restoration in your mouth will not whiten!!! These may be a consideration for replacement after bleaching.
MAINTAINING YOUR NEW WHITE TEETH
All natural teeth will darken with time. It’s normal, slow process. We recommend touching-up your bleaching every time you have your teeth cleaned for a few days. This will help maintain your white teeth on a preventative level. Remember to keep any unused bleaching material that you have left over, for this purpose. We also have touch up kits available for future use. The touch-up kits are inexpensive and even easier to use, with a one-hour wear time!
We know that you will be thrilled with your whitening results, but only if you comply with the above instructions. If you have any problems or questions please call us right away
At Alafaya Cosmetic & Family Dentistry, we offer Zoom! teeth whitening for Orlando patients who want a fast, easy way to boost the brightness of their smile. In-office treatment with Zoom! whitens yellow teeth and eliminates years of stains from your teeth.
A professional in-office teeth whitening in Orlando costs about $500. This includes the procedure itself as well as customized whitening trays and a supply of prescription-strength whitening gel for touchups at home.
It can be tempting to turn to over-the-counter whitening kits, but there are several drawbacks. The whitening trays are one-size-fits-all, and the gel provided is not as potent as what your cosmetic dentist in Orlando uses. For this reason, you won’t see the dramatic tooth whitening you are probably hoping for. You are also on your own if a problem occurs.
We also offer options; if you don’t have time for an in-office teeth whitening treatment, we’ll take impressions of your teeth to create customized whitening trays that provide even coverage and consistent results.
Dr. Gary Michaelson and the team at Alafaya Cosmetic & Family Dentistry would be happy to meet with you and explain teeth whitening in Orlando and all the other services we offer to enhance your smile. Call us to schedule an appointment to get started.
Whitening your teeth can dramatically improve the brightness and color of your smile. In order to get the most out of your professional whitening treatment take the time to insure proper care for your teeth. Everything from the food you eat to the drinks you drink can impact the longevity of your bleaching results. Here are some tips on keeping your teeth pearly white!
Avoid Dark Drinks
After whitening your teeth, they are more susceptible to staining because of dehydration. The gel can cause your teeth to dehydrate so they will want to soak up anything you place in your mouth. It is especially important to avoid dark foods and drinks for the first 48-72 hours after whitening. Things like coffee, tea, soda, dark juices, and pigmented fruit can all affect the color of your teeth. Drinking light color drinks or water can help your whitening results last a lot longer. If you do need your cup of coffee in the morning try adding milk or drinking it with a straw. Also carrying a toothbrush with you to brush after eating or drinking dark color foods can help the longevity.
Do not smoke cigarettes
Cigarettes are one of the major cause of staining and discoloration of teeth. It’s understandable that it is a hard habit to break. But try to avoid smoking as much as possible. Smoking puts you at a higher risk for a number of diseases and oral cancer. With whitening your teeth it may give you the opportunity to quit altogether. Another option is to switch to an “e-cigarette” or vapor. These give off colorless vapor but can still give you the nicotine you’re carving.
You can develop yellow teeth for several reasons, but fortunately, we offer cosmetic treatments at our Orlando dental office to eliminate these stains and leave you with a bright, white smile.
Options for getting rid of yellow teeth include teeth whitening, and in more resistant cases, dental bonding and porcelain veneers. However, it’s a good idea to understand how your teeth became stained in the first place so you can take steps to address it going forward.
- Poor oral hygiene: Brushing and flossing your teeth are essential for good oral health, but these practices also remove plaque and food debris that deposits yellow stains.
- Diet: Foods and drinks that are high in tannins, such as coffee and red wine, leave staining pigments that give your teeth a yellowish hue.
- Smoking: If you smoke, you can expect brown or yellow stains on your teeth. Professional teeth whitening can lift a lot of this staining from tooth enamel, but until you quit, you will always be fighting an uphill battle.
At Alafaya Center for Cosmetic & Family Dentistry, we offer solutions like teeth whitening at our Orlando dental office to get rid of yellow teeth and restore your beautiful bright smile. Call us to schedule a teeth cleaning so we can get started!