Friday, January 20, 2012

Zoom to Your Dentist for Zoom! Teeth Whitening by Meredi Wagner-Hoehn

Stained teeth are a drag. They not only affect your personal confidence, but they detract from first impressions. This can be detrimental for your social, romantic and business interactions. Luckily, there are dental treatments available to whiten your teeth to the desired brightness.

The Teeth Whitening Options

Just like any other treatment, the options vary from cheap and inconsistent to expensive and long-lasting. If you choose to go with an over-the-counter teeth whitening option, talk to your Lakeway cosmetic dentist first. They’ll be able to tell you if you’re making a valid, worthwhile choice in specific brands and types.

However, a more effective route directly involves your Austin area dentist. Your dentist molds an impression of your teeth which you may then take home and fill with a bleaching solution. You wear it for 30-minute segments every day, and over the course of a few weeks, your teeth are whiter.

Zoom!® Teeth Whitening

A more effective solution is available through Zoom!® teeth whitening. The Zoom!® Chairside Teeth Whitening involves a dentist directly applying bleaching solution to the patient’s teeth in their Lakeway dentistry clinic, then using an advanced laser light to set the solution. First, they cover the gums to protect them from any accidental damage. The laser breaks down the hydrogen peroxide in the solution, allowing the oxygen to directly affect the exterior and interior of the tooth, lightening the entire tooth without hurting the tooth’s structure. However, it can cause temporary sensitivity and “zingers” during the actual procedure. A “zinger” is a brief flash of pain triggered by the tooth reacting to the bleach.

How Long Does Zoom!® Take?

Generally, the professional teeth whitening only takes about an hour – three sessions, 20 minutes each.

What Results Should I Expect?

Zoom!® teeth whitening can brighten teeth up to 8 shades. Discuss the procedure with your Lakeway dentist to ascertain your expectations and the potential results for your specific treatment.

Zoom!® After Care

When you request Zoom!® teeth whitening from your Austin cosmetic dentist, you also automatically receive bleaching trays and bleaching solution for subsequent applications. Teeth whitening needs maintenance, since we all have a vice or two – smoking, coffee, red wine, soda. To help maintain a white smile, consider cutting back or quitting some of these habits.

For more information on professional teeth whitening, call Dr. Robert D’Alfonso, DDS, a skilled general, emergency, family and cosmetic dentist in Lakeway, TX. Call today to schedule a free consultation.