August 16, 2023 by Associates of Dentistry
Teeth whitening is one of the more popular forms of cosmetic dentistry. Fortunately, professional teeth whitening has never been more affordable. Plus, at Associates of Dentistry, we are proud to offer multiple methods of teeth whitening to Joplin and Four States residents.
We offer Zoom teeth whitening procedures which are designed to enhance the color of your teeth and give you a brighter, whiter smile. Zoom whitening is performed at our office in Joplin, MO, and is the teeth whitening method that offers the fastest results! Here’s how the Zoom teeth whitening process works:
Before the procedure begins, your dentist will conduct a thorough examination of your teeth and gums to ensure that they are healthy and suitable for teeth whitening. We will address any existing dental issues, such as cavities or gum disease, before proceeding.
To protect your gums and lips from the whitening gel and the UV light used in the process, your dentist will place a protective barrier on your gums and use a cheek retractor to keep your lips and cheeks away from your teeth.
A special hydrogen peroxide-based whitening gel is applied to your teeth. This gel is designed to break down and remove stains on the surface of the teeth and within the tooth enamel itself.
Once the whitening gel is applied, a UV or LED light is directed at your teeth. The light serves to activate the whitening gel and accelerate the whitening process by facilitating the release of oxygen ions that help break down stains.
The light is typically left on your teeth for about 15 minutes to half an hour, depending on the specific brand of whitening system being used. This process may be repeated two to three times during the same appointment to achieve the desired level of whiteness.
Once the desired level of whiteness is achieved, the whitening gel will be removed from your teeth, and we will provide you with aftercare instructions. It is important to avoid foods that negatively impact dental health, and you should follow a comprehensive oral hygiene routine following treatment.
If you would prefer to perform teeth whitening on your own, we offer take-home treatment options. Take-home teeth whitening treatments utilize custom-fitted trays and a professional-grade whitening gel. The treatment is performed by filling the trays with whitening gel and wearing them at home for a designated period. This gradual process allows for your teeth to be whitened over the course of several days or weeks, achieving a brighter smile in a more convenient, controlled manner.
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