Among cosmetic dental enhancements, teeth whitening certainly ranks at the top of the most popular. According to many polls, the vast majority of people find white smiles more appealing and attractive than dull or yellowed smiles. Since a white smile is a highly desired physical characteristic, many people turn to store-bought products that promise to whiten their smiles. Unfortunately, many of these products, according to our cosmetic dentist, can strip tooth enamel of important minerals and even cause tooth sensitivity. Instead of using store bought products, our practice encourages patients to choose professional teeth whitening treatments at our office to protect teeth and gums.
How Store-Bought Products Affect Teeth and Gums
Many whitening products like toothpaste contain abrasives to help remove surface stains. However, prolonged use of abrasive toothpaste can weaken tooth enamel and strip away essential minerals that protect teeth from tooth decay. Store-bought whitening trays or strips often do not fit properly and can irritate the gums and cause tooth sensitivity.
How Professional Whitening is Safe and More Effective
When you receive professional teeth whitening treatments from our cosmetic dentist, our team will take special precautions to protect gums and teeth. Our dentist utilizes the Zoom! laser-assisted teeth whitening system to produce safe and dramatic results. Specially designed strips of gauze and liquid dam, a protective coating that is placed over the gum tissue, will protect the gums and soft oral tissues in the mouth.
Once the preparatory measures have been taken, a potent bleaching solution will be applied to the outer surfaces of teeth. A special dental laser will then hover over the teeth to accelerate and deepen the whitening process. The procedure takes about 45 minutes and patients will leave our office with a smile that is eight to ten shades whiter.
Some patients report mild tooth sensitivity but these symptoms commonly dissipate within days of treatment. To schedule a consultation with an experienced cosmetic dentist, contact Ora Dental Studio today.