Teeth can get stained for many reasons. Most often, lifestyle habits are to blame. Diet, drinks or tobacco use are common culprits when it comes to stains, although medications can also leave stains on teeth. Some individuals have naturally thin or worn enamel that allows the dentin to show through and leaves their teeth looking dull and yellow. Regardless of the reason, many people with stained teeth want solutions. Fortunately, such solutions are plentiful. Teeth whitening treatments are available both over-the-counter and in your dentist's office.
Over-the-counter teeth whitening treatments can range from whitening toothpastes and mouth rinses to whitening strips and mouth trays. Over-the-counter whitening treatments can vary widely in effectiveness. They are commonly best at removing mild surface stains. Some kinds of over-the-counter whiteners can whiten by as much as one to two shades. Those who have deeper staining or who would like faster results will benefit more from seeking teeth whitening solutions from their dentist.
In-office whitening procedures include take-home trays and Zoom teeth whitening. Take-home trays are whitening systems that use a custom-fit mouth tray and a high concentration whitening solution. They are similar to some tray-based over-the-counter systems, however results are more dramatic. Teeth are whiter after just one use; though, you will need to complete the full treatment for the best results.
Zoom is different. Zoom teeth whitening is an in-office whitening procedure. Your dentist will begin by cleaning your teeth to remove any plaque and tartar development that could affect the whitening of your teeth, polishing away superficial stains. Your gums and the soft tissues of your mouth will then be protected before the Zoom whitening solution is painted directly onto your teeth. A light is used to activate the concentrated whitening gel, sending it deep in the enamel and dentin of your teeth. Your teeth can be eight shades lighter after just one Zoom treatment.
Your dentist will provide you with after-care instructions and may provide you with a touch-up kit. As long as you avoid staining habits and foods, your teeth will always be brighter than they were before the Zoom whitening treatment. Zoom teeth whitening is highly customizable. Your dentist can adjust the intensity of the light to help you avoid any problems with sensitivity. Your treatment may conclude with an application of fluoride to strengthen your teeth and further minimize the risk of sensitivity.
Zoom may not be appropriate for all patients. Pregnant and nursing mothers are advised to avoid teeth whitening. Individuals with such restorations as bondings, dental bridges or fillings on the front or visible teeth may need to consider other whitening solutions. Talk to your dentist about your whitening options and about whether Zoom teeth whitening is right for you.
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