Many factors affect the whiteness of your teeth. The foods and drinks you consume, your age, hygiene, and lifestyle habits like tobacco use all contribute to the gradual dulling of your smile.
Fortunately, the fix for a faded or stained smile is usually as easy as professional teeth whitening with your dentist or a trained dental hygienist. You can usually choose the method that works best for you - in-office or a take-home kit - and the results it produces will enhance your smile and give your confidence a boost.
Zoom! Professional Whitening
A top-rated product that a lot of dental offices use is Zoom! professional whitening. The in-office process for whitening your smile is done in several easy steps:
- Pre-whitening polish - Your hygienist will start by polishing your teeth to remove plaque that might affect the results.
- Isolate your teeth - A retractor is used to isolate just your teeth and gums.
- Prepare your gums - The problem most people have with whitening is sensitivity, so a gel will be applied that covers and protects all gum surfaces.
- Whitening your teeth - The whitening gel is applied to your teeth, and a curing light is used for 15 minutes to activate the whiteners. This process may be repeated two to three times to achieve the desired results.
The entire process takes a little over an hour and can brighten your smile by as much as eight shades. In most cases, your dentist will supply you with customized whitening trays and gel that you can take home for touch-ups to maintain your bright new smile.
Teeth Whitening in Orlando, FL
At Alafaya Dentistry, we offer you the option of a Zoom! treatment in-office, or a customized take-home kit.
If your smile is looking a little the worse for wear, please call us to arrange an appointment to learn how whitening can benefit you.