Teeth Whitening and Bleaching for a Brighter, Happier Smile

 

A clean, bright and white smile has long been associated with good health and beauty. It is one of the first things that people notice about us and can leave a lasting, favorable impression upon others.

It is common to see years of yellowing and discoloration disappear in just one office visits. The results can be quite amazing and our patients just love their new smiles. Depending upon your needs we have several options for teeth whitening that our office can deliver to you.

 

Zoom® The Fast Track to White Teeth!

 

The most rapid, effective and dramatic treatment is our in-office Zoom Whitening treatment. Each treatment takes roughly one hour and can brighten your teeth many shades in just one visit.

This is accomplished through the use of a high-powered bleaching agent that is applied to the teeth. We also put protection in place for your gums and mouth, as the bleach is quite powerful. Then a special light is used to accelerate the process. This is all done under the supervision of a trained professional and the end results always dazzle our patients.

Most individuals need only one treatment but in some cases a second, or even third, treatment is necessary to achieve the desired results.

At Lohmann Dental, we will always advise you if this type of in-office treatment is suitable for your teeth and will achieve the desired end result. There are some types of discoloration, such as from the heavy use of antibiotics like tetracycline, which may not be receptive to this type of bleaching.

Check Out the Zoom ® Teeth Whitening System

 

Take Home Systems for Great Whitening Results

 

Mouthpiece Trays–Personalized for Effectiveness and Comfort

Unlike over-the-counter products, with a “one size fits all” tray, our take home whitening trays are custom fitted to your mouth. We make an impression of your teeth and then send you home with the bleaching product and a mouthpiece tray that precisely fits your mouth.

A custom fit creates maximal contact between the bleaching agent and your teeth. It is very important that the fit is correct in order for the bleach to work at its full effectiveness. A sloppy fit greatly reduces the effectiveness of the product and can even cause gum irritation from spillover and seepage.

While store-bought whitening systems do get some results, they really don’t compare to the whitening power of a custom fitted tray, professional grade bleaching products and the supervision of a dentist.

Tooth Whitening Strips for a Gentle, Controlled Approach

There are times when a slower and gentler approach is preferred. In the case of sensitive teeth, or where just a few shades of whitening are desired, then whitening strips are a very effective route to take.

These are thin and invisible strips with a bleaching agent, normally peroxide-based. They are applied to the teeth and allowed to remain in place for a short period of time (usually 30 minutes) twice daily for two weeks. Results are gradual, but usually fairly definite after just a few days of whitening.

One great way that these whitening strips are used is to “freshen up” a smile after an earlier bleaching. None of us live in bubbles, those factors that yellowed your teeth in the first place will work to yellow them again. Substances such as coffee, wine and sodas will cause a bright smile to fade. These whitening strips can do a great job to reverse that and restore that dazzle again. They are very easy to use and many of our patients apply them annually, or even every six months!

 

Things to Know about the Teeth Whitening Process

 

Some Cautions about Teeth Whitening

Generally bleaching your teeth is a pretty straightforward affair. However, there are some things to keep in mind about whitening your teeth.

  • The process and the results are not permanent. We don’t expect that you will stop living and enjoying different foods or drinks. The results can fade over time, particularly for smokers or coffee drinkers, and so re-treatment is usually required. The use of whitening toothpastes and strips can help, we will be happy to advise you on good products and on good practices to help keep that smile bright.
  • Some people may require treatment for tooth decay, gum disease or other issues before teeth whitening is advised. We will examine and evaluate your teeth and mouth prior to any recommendation of a whitening procedure. .
  • There are some types of discoloration that don’t respond well to whitening. In these cases it may be necessary to pursue veneers or resin-composites to achieve the desired results. .

Whatever the circumstances it is our job and joy to see that your individual condition is assessed and that whatever treatment we recommend is based upon a professional examination and evaluation.

 

Whitening is not recommended or will be less successful in the following circumstances:
  • Age and pregnancy issues. Bleaching is not recommended in children under the age of 16. This is because the pulp chamber, or nerve of the tooth, is enlarged until this age. Teeth whitening under this condition could irritate the pulp or cause it to become sensitive. Teeth whitening is also not recommended in pregnant or lactating women.
  • Sensitive teeth and allergies. Individuals with sensitive teeth and gums, receding gums, and/or defective restorations should consult with their dentist prior to using a tooth-whitening system. Anyone allergic to peroxide (the whitening agent) should not use a bleaching product.
  • Gum disease, worn enamel, cavities, and exposed roots. Individuals with gum disease or teeth with worn enamel are generally discouraged from undergoing a tooth-whitening procedure. Cavities need to be treated before undergoing any whitening procedure. This is because the whitening solutions penetrate into any existing decay and the inner areas of the tooth, which can cause sensitivity. Also, whitening procedures will not work on exposed tooth roots because roots do not have an enamel layer.
  • Fillings, crowns, and other restorations. Tooth-colored fillings and resin composite materials used in dental restorations (crowns, veneers, bonding, bridges) do not whiten. Therefore, using a whitening agent on teeth that contain restorations will results in uneven whitening — in this case, making the teeth without restorations appear lighter than those with restorations. Any whitening procedure should be done prior to the placement of restorations. Individuals with numerous restorations that would result in uneven whitening may be better off considering bonding, veneers, or crowns rather than a tooth whitening system. Ask your dentist what strategy is best for you.
  • Unrealistic expectations. Individuals who expect their teeth to be a new “blinding white” may be disappointed with their results. Smokers need to be aware that their results will be limited unless they refrain from continued smoking, particularly during the bleaching process. A healthy guide, as to a reasonable degree of whiteness achievable with a whitening process that looks natural, is a slightly whiter color than the whites of your eyes.
  • Darkly stained teeth. Yellowish teeth respond well to bleaching, brownish-colored teeth respond less well and grayish-hue or purple-stained teeth may not respond to bleaching at all. Blue-gray staining caused by the antibiotic tetracycline is more difficult to lighten and may require up to six months of home treatments or several in-office appointments to successfully lighten. Teeth that have dark stains may be better candidates for another lightening option, such as veneers, bonding, or crowns. Your dentist can discuss the options best suited for you.

 

Give us a call at (404) 352-5578