Teeth Whitening By Urban Dentistry
The eyes might be the window to the soul, but your teeth are just as important. Natural discoloration of the teeth happens to us all over time. The causes of teeth stains range from coffee, soda and wine consumption to antibiotics, smoking and gum disease. Urban Dentistry uses only the best practices in their approach to teeth whitening procedures, providing effective and safe treatments that will brighten your former smile.
The Three Main Teeth Whitening Methods
There are three main “whitening” approaches. Toothpastes containing anti-staining agents or hydrogen peroxide are used daily by hundreds of thousands of people. Whitening toothpastes remove stain particles and are far less abrasive than they once were, but claims that they lighten teeth are debatable. Some whitening toothpastes contain hydrogen peroxide, but are often found to be weak and unstable by the time you use it, so the effect is often minimal.
Home-use bleaching kits involve placing a hydrogen peroxide solution in bleaching trays which are worn over patients’ teeth at night for up to two weeks. These kits often claim to lighten tooth color by up to six or eight shades and are the second most popular treatment.
ZOOM teeth whitening is the newest method, in which a hydrogen peroxide solution is carefully painted onto a patient’s teeth and is then subjected to a strong light that speeds up the lightening process.
These techniques all target stain particles from food and drink, which get trapped in the surface layers of tooth enamel. Toothpastes try to remove them, while hydrogen peroxide bleaches them.
Is ZOOM Teeth Whitening Right For You?
Both bleaching kits and laser whitening can lighten teeth considerably, but the main difference is that home bleaching can take up to two weeks and can cause gum irritation, whereas a laser treatment takes around 45 minutes with minimal discomfort.
Urban Dentistry offers professional ZOOM teeth whitening, for patients with sensitive teeth, and those who want to see immediate results. This process is usually accomplished in a single visit with an increase of 5-10 shades in brightness.
For patients with a busy schedule, or those concerned about the discomfort often associated with teeth bleaching products, laser tooth whitening is a great option for a new and improved smile. Call us today to set an appointment at (512) 440-5900.