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Dental Myths: All Teeth Whitening Options Are the Same

teeth whitening ChicagoContrary to popular opinion, not all teeth whitening products and whitening treatments are created equal. The notion that all teeth whitening products and treatments are similar is a commonly held misconception caused by claims made by over-the-counter products. While these products may claim to lighten permanent stains, it is important for patients to remember that these products only contain mild bleaching agents and lack the clinical level of potency that our cosmetic dentist can prescribe. Furthermore, our practice offers Zoom! teeth whitening treatments which can brighten a smile up to ten shades in just under an hour.

Why Over the Counter Products Disappoint

Store bought whitening toothpastes, strips, and rinses only contain a small percentage of the active ingredients used to whiten teeth. To make up for a lack of potency, harsh abrasives are often added to remove surface stains. Abrasives, over time, can weaken tooth enamel and cause permanent damage to teeth.

How Zoom! Teeth Whitening Works

Zoom! teeth whitening is a system that utilizes a laser beam to deepen and accelerate the bleaching process. This procedure is safe and effective. First, a soft oral appliance is inserted into the mouth to hold it open. Then, our caring staff will place protective gauze and liquid dam over sensitive, soft oral tissues and then apply a prescription strength whitening solution over the front of teeth. Patients simply relax in our lush examination chairs while the laser activates the whitening gel. Within about 45 minutes, treatment is complete.

Before and after treatment, our cosmetic dentists will use shade indicators to measure the level of progress provided by the Zoom! system. Our patients who have received this treatment are incredibly happy with the results it provides. By practicing good oral hygiene and avoiding dark colored foods and beverages, you can preserve your newly whitened smile for a year or longer.

We offer a number of cosmetic treatments. To schedule a consultation, call our friendly team at Ora Dental Studio today.