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A Quick Way to Improve Your Smile
Teeth whitening remains one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatments available. A teeth-whitening treatment from Zoma Dental in West Bloomfield involves professional-grade bleaching materials for a fast, effective, long-lasting smile makeover.
Types of West Bloomfield Teeth Whitening Treatments
At Zoma Dental, we offer two different types of whitening treatments:
- Take-home teeth whitening: The Opalescence whitening tray system is a 14-day, at-home treatment that gives you a bright, white smile on your budget and timeline. First, impressions of the top and bottom teeth are taken so trays can be customized to your teeth. Once the trays are ready, you will be sent home with the trays and Opalescence whitening gel to treat your teeth every day on your own time for two weeks until they are fully whitened.
- In-office teeth whitening: Philips Zoom is a high-intensity light-bleaching system that enhances smiles in just 45 minutes. A pre-whitening surface cleaner is applied to the teeth, then whitening gel, then a special blue light is shined onto the teeth to accelerate the whitening process and allow for a comfortable experience. Post-treatment gel is applied afterward to protect enamel and reduce sensitivity and patients are sent home with customized touch-up whitening trays to brighten their smile at their leisure.
The bleaching systems used by your West Bloomfield dentist are different than any over-the-counter whitening products you may attempt to use. The active whitening ingredients in professional-grade materials include carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide to penetrate the enamel effectively and break down discolored molecules.
The results from both of these treatments are dramatically whiter and brighter teeth. Stains are reversed, whether they’re from food and drink, aging, or even discoloration caused by medication. The treatments deliver enamel protection, improve luster, and reduce sensitivity.
Types of Tooth Stains
Our teeth suffer a lot of wear and tear. Even when you brush and floss every day, see your West Bloomfield dentist every six months, drink a lot of water, and avoid stain-causing foods, discoloration can still set into the tooth enamel. The only question is, can it be removed? In many cases, the answer is yes but there are exceptions.
There are two types of tooth stains:
- Intrinsic stains: Intrinsic stains occur on the inside of the teeth. These types of deep stains can only be removed with professional teeth whitening, which is able to penetrate the enamel and break apart the stain molecules. In some cases, the stains are so ingrained in the teeth or they are simply a natural part of the appearance of the tooth enamel – in these cases, the stains can only be concealed with a cosmetic dentistry solution like porcelain veneers.
- Extrinsic stains: Extrinsic stains occur on the outer surface of the teeth. While over-the-counter toothpastes, whitening strips and other products can eliminate some surface stains, the results are usually temporary. Professional whitening blasts away whatever has built up on the enamel for a super-white smile.
Is Professional Teeth Whitening for You?
Your teeth do not have to be perfect to qualify for a professional whitening treatment. In fact, for many people, a teeth whitening is the only cosmetic dentistry solution they need to create the illusion of a perfect smile. When your teeth are white and gleaming, you’ll look happier, healthier, and younger.