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Teeth Whitening—Know Your Options

You’ve got options for teeth whitening.  In fact, teeth whitening is the most requested cosmetic procedure at the dentist’s office. 

Brighter smiles are sought after by people of all ages and for many reasons. Sometimes teeth lose their luster with age. Others want a brighter smile for a special occasion like a wedding, prom or high school reunion. Whatever the reason, whiter teeth bring more confidence and a more youthful appearance. 

Teeth Whitening Options

There are two types of professional whitening treatments you can choose from. The first is a quick, one hour in-office, light-powered treatment. The other is a professional grade, take-home whitening kit. Both use bleaching chemicals that oxidize and whiten your teeth.

Let’s find out the differences between the two options:

In-Office Whitening Procedures

In-office whitening sessions are safe, easy and popular because you see a significant difference in about an hour. Whitening sessions can be scheduled immediately following your regularly scheduled teeth cleaning visit to maximize results.

How In Office Whitening Works

After protecting your gums, a whitening solution is applied to the enamel at the front of your teeth. The whitening solution oxidizes the tooth enamel and removes stubborn stains quickly and easily. A high-intensity LED light activates the treatment. 

Dr. Jayne prefers the state of the art  ZOOM system because it delivers immediate, gentle and effective results. The ZOOM system whitens teeth up to 10 shades in under an hour. The powerful whitening solution and light activation efficiently remove stains for a brighter smile.

Professional Grade Take-Home Whitening

Take-home whitening kits are an option for those who are willing to wait a few weeks to whiten teeth and save a little money in the process. These kits run about a quarter of the cost of an in-office procedure, and they take two to four weeks of daily treatment.

Take-home whitening kits are just as effective as in-office procedures, but they use a different process. To start, your dentist makes a dental impression of your teeth. In one to two weeks, you’ll receive a custom-fitted tray that is exactly contoured to your mouth. Once a day, you fill the tray with a special gel solution and insert it, allowing the whitening solution to fill the area around and between each tooth. The tray is worn for either an hour or overnight. Finally, to keep your teeth healthy and to reduce any sensitivity to the gel, each treatment is followed by a high-grade fluoride treatment. 

If you are ready for a younger-looking, fresh clean smile, contact Dr. Jayne for your smile visit today.

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