When asked, “What would you like to improve most about your smile?” The most common response is: Whiter & brighter teeth. If you are not happy with your smile, teeth whitening may be a good first step.
Smiles Are Valuable
A bright sparkling smile can make a big difference for everyone. Your smile creates an immediate, subconscious, visual impact on people you meet. A brighter smile gives the impression of youth, vitality, radiant health, happiness, and warmth. A bright smile is perceived as a healthy smile. Teeth whitening remains one of the most economical ways to enhance your smile. You may want to whiten for a special event, such as a wedding, job interview, or class reunion, or simply to reverse years of everyday staining and yellowing.
Causes of Tooth Discoloration
There are several different ways for teeth to become discolored. The main causes of darkened teeth are genetics, antibiotics, and certain foods, plus teeth tend to darken as we age.
Internal tooth discoloration is caused by changes in the enamel of the tooth and the dentin. The main causes of internal tooth discoloration are exposure to high levels of fluoride, tetracycline, use of antibiotics as a child, developmental disorders, tooth decay, restorations, root canal issues, and trauma.
External tooth discoloration is caused by factors outside the body, mainly foods and tobacco. The main causes of external tooth yellowing are smoking, foods with tannins, coffee, tea, carrots, oranges, and other foods.
Types of Teeth Whitening
There are various ways to whiten your teeth, but the two most common are in-office treatment and the do-it-yourself approach, with over the counter products or home whitening sysyems.
In-Office Teeth Whitening
Professional tooth whitening in a dental office is the preferred whitening method because even though stronger agents are applied, the rest of the mouth, including the gums, is protected from these materials. Here at Strongsville Smile Keepers, we use the ZOOM! Professional Whitening System. ZOOM! Is ideal for patients looking for immediate results. This system features a buffer in the gel that protects the tooth enamel from damage. It is extremely effective and can transform teeth in a single office visit. Your teeth can literally brighten a few shades in about an hour. Included with ZOOM! you will receive custom home whitening trays.
ZOOM! is a great jump-start for take-home whitening, which is always part of an effective whitening program. It can last for one or more years, depending on how well you take care of your teeth, and if you’re following up regularly with a home whitening product for regular maintenance.
Home Tooth Whitening Systems
You can purchase a custom at home whitening kit here at our office. This will include custom made upper and lower trays.
You can purchase boxes of bleach to use with your trays.
We also offer our “White for Life” program. With this program, you will initially receive your upper and lower custom trays and 4 boxes of bleach to take home. You will receive a touch up kit, one box of bleach, at your 6-month cleaning appointments FOR LIFE! (As long as you keep up with your 6-month recare appointments) You get all of this for a one-time fee!
Over the Counter
Commercially available tooth whitening systems have become popular, mainly because they’re relatively inexpensive and easy to use.
There are a few over-the-counter tooth-whitening methods that can be purchased without your dentist’s supervision. They include whitening strips, paint-on tooth gel, mouth trays with gel, whitening toothpaste, and even whitening gum. These are typically safe products, but if you have oral concerns, it’s a good idea to ask your dentist if these products are safe to use.
While over-the-counter tooth whitening products are available, dentist-supervised tooth whitening remains the safest, most effective method for brightening your smile.